What Does "Refurbished iPhone" Really Mean?

Are refurbished iPhones worth it? What does the term actually mean?

Refurbished iPhone

Wondering what's the meaning behind all these refurbished iPhone sales?

It’s hard to know who to trust on the Internet, and you’ve probably heard the old saying, “When a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!” We don’t blame you for being suspicious—as a matter of fact, when it comes to refurbished iPhones, you should be! It’s why I decided to write this article: to keep you informed and tell you what to check when buying a refurbished iPhone! What does "refurbished" really mean?

Attention all students! If you want the best deal on a cheap iPhone, use this student discount code on our website. May as well make the refurbished Back Market deals even sweeter. Now let's get back to the article and talk about the meaning of "refurbished!"

"Refurbished iPhone" can mean different things...

Unfortunately, the word “refurbished” does not have a universal meaning. Some people simply want to make more money and will call any old used iPhone “refurbished” and raise the price :( Others may check some phone functionality, but don’t have high enough quality standards and will leave you with an aged battery and extra repair bills :/ So frustrating!!! Understandably, these concerns discourage many people from buying refurbished iPhones—and I don’t blame them! It would be nice if "refurbished iPhone" could mean the same thing at every retailer and ecommerce platform.

Chapter 1 of the Chronicles of Back Market: There was once a little girl that dreamed of finding a cheap iPhone in mint condition so she embarked on a voyage and ran into a dragon... How was that? Should I keep going? Accepting story ideas!

Refurbishing has actually been a bit of a gray area in the smartphone industry because people only used their devices for a couple of years before they were considered obsolete (and became unbearably slow). But now, with innovations trickling to a halt, iPhones hold their value better and last longer. Refurbishing now brings a profit to companies, and everybody wants to play a part in the new expanding market. However, the question remains: who should you trust? Who actually does the refurbishing the right way?

If you move around often and change service carriers frequently, you're going to want an unlocked phone.

What "refurbished iPhone" means at Back Market

As I mentioned, quality is the big factor that determines whether you should buy a refurbished iPhone. If you what the best quality for a great price buying an iPhone on Black Friday might not be the best option for you... Unlike other retailers that are just trying to make a quick buck peddling “refurbished” devices, Back Market does things a little differently and takes the meaning of "refurbished iPhone" seriously. So just like Amazon, Back Market works with different sellers to present products to you (the consumer). Except there are a few important differences: Back Market works only with professionals, regularly inspects factories, and keeps track of all customer complaints to rank featured products not just in terms of price, but also in terms of quality. Not to mention, a 1-year warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee to give you some peace of mind with your purchase :) I don’t like stress, and I’m guessing that you don’t either. Don’t need those bad vibes, yo.

Andre from Back Market
By Andre Kopacki, Content Manager

The kind of guy that likes technology a little too much and can't stop talking about it. Good thing I work at Back Market :D

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