What Is The Cheapest iPhone (And Should You Get It)?

Looking for the cheapest iPhone? Here's everything you need to know about iPhone deals and discounts, plus where to buy the cheapest iPhones.

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What are the cheapest iPhones?

Apple launched the iPhone SE as a "budget-friendly" model. We're all for affordable tech, but the cheapest iPhone SE will still cost around $429 for the 64 GB model if you buy new. Bump up the storage capacity, and you're looking at $479 for 128 GB or $579 for 256 GB. What if we told you you could spend way less money and have plenty of cheap iPhones to choose from?

Generally, used iPhones will almost always be cheaper than new iPhones. If you want to save money while upgrading your iPhone, shop for a refurbished device to get the same great Apple technology at a fraction of the cost. Luckily there is no need to wait for Black Friday deals, because you can find low prices on refurbished iPhones all year long.

Perhaps you're skeptical about the quality of used iPhones, or maybe you've had a bad experience with a second-hand phone in the past (totally understandable, btw). The good news is that refurbishing technology has come a long way in just a few short years. This means that today, professional refurbishers can do better than ever to give used devices new life, making sure they last a long time and are completely functional.

But before you add the cheapest iPhone you can find to your cart, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

Not all cheap iPhones are the same

Buying a used iPhone will save you money, but you'll want to make sure you're still getting a high quality device. When it comes to cheap iPhones, buying certified refurbished is much safer than purchasing a random used phone from an unqualified seller. There are plenty of online marketplaces for used tech, but most don't have any quality control so what you get can vary wildly.

Before you buy a cheap iPhone online, do a little digging into the marketplace and seller. Check out some reviews, read up on the return policy (if there is one), and find out whether your device comes with any warranties.

At Back Market, every seller is thoroughly vetted. They're industry-leading professionals who are experts at repairing iPhones. Every device comes with a 1-year warranty, plus 30 days to change your mind.

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Can I get an iPhone for $300 or less?

Yes, you can buy an iPhone for less than $300 and there are plenty of options if you shop renewed. Check out these iPhones under $300 and you'll find tons of options including iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone SE, and more models. You can even get a refurbished iPhone 11 for under $300.

If you need a cheaper iPhone, you can even find expertly renewed iPhones for under $200 at Back Market. Buying a refurbished iPhone not only saves you money, it helps save the planet by reducing e-waste and lowering the environmental impact created by new phone production. There's really no reason to pay full price for a new iPhone when you can choose renewed!

How can I get an iPhone for free?

While we don't know of any above-board ways to get a free iPhone, we do offer trade-in. You can sell your old iPhone here. You'll get cash for your old device (the amount depends on the model and condition of your phone, of course). If you put that money towards your new (or renewed) iPhone, it's almost like getting it for free.

Even if you don't have an old smartphone to trade in, our refurbished iPhone deals are so good that you'll still be saving up to 70% off the price of a new phone.

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Are refurbished iPhones worth it?

Buying a refurbished iPhone is a great idea, except for when it isn't. Basically, it depends on who you buy it from. One of the challenges that comes with buying a used phone online is that it can be difficult to tell whether a seller is legit. Sure, you can take their word for it, but many online marketplaces don't offer the option to return or exchange a device that doesn't work or isn't what you expected.

At Back Market, we've done the legwork for you. All of our phones are professionally repaired by experts and you can rest assured that it will be 100% functional. Every device also comes with a 1-year warranty and 30 days to change your mind. We reduce the risk to make sure buying a refurbished phone is worth it every time.

What is the best budget iPhone?

A refurbished iPhone 11 is a great budget iPhone and delivers all the latest iOS features at a low price. The iPhone 11 runs on Apple's A13 bionic chip and offers notable iPhone camera upgrades compared to earlier models. 

Depending on your budget and needs, a refurbished iPhone XR is also an excellent choice. With iPhone XR, you'll get a large display, long battery life, and Face ID.

Having a hard time deciding? Check out this iPhone 11 vs. iPhone XR comparison for a full breakdown of the specs.

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What is the cheapest iPhone to buy?

You can find plenty of super cheap used iPhones online, but proceed with caution. Before you add a used phone to your cart, make sure you're purchasing from a professional refurbisher and that you'll be able to resolve any issues if the phone you get isn't what you expected.

Apple tends to support devices for a long time, but it's also worth noting that very old iPhone models will eventually be unable to run the latest iOS updates. Currently, the iPhone 7 and newer models are still supported so you have plenty of choices for a cheap iPhone that will stay up-to-date for a long time!  

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By Back Market, The leading marketplace for refurbished tech.

Our mission is to make renewed tech mainstream. Turning old into "new new", so to speak.

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