iPhones are expensive yet people surprisingly still purchase them. People who can't afford them either stick to other brands, wait for the handset's price to lower, or buy second hand iPhones instead.
What people are unaware of is that there are refurbished Apple phones available in the market.
So, what does it mean when you see the word "refurbished" on a product?
Refurbished products mean that they are good as new, but not entirely new. They cost much less than their brand new counterparts, but have the same specs as their hotter counterpart.
They're not crowd-pleasers, that's for sure. Those who steer clear of them the most tend to think that these phones are either a reject, or as good as a faulty second-hand device. Their assumptions aren't necessarily true.
To give you a better idea, let's take a look at the models' differences:
- One-year warranty
- Packaged with Apple's traditional white box
- Parts fresh from the factory
- Device unopened from factory to store
- One-year warranty
- New body
- New battery
- Doesn't come in the traditional white box
- Other parts recycled from second-hand iPhones
- Device packaging might have been opened
One thing that could still stop you from purchasing one is that you won't know the exact reason it was refurbished unless you ask.
It could have been used for a demo show, the product might have been a returned shipment that hasn't been used yet, the functioning parts could have come from a previous iPhone, and the like.
What's certain is, it comes with the same one-year warranty as the brand new phone, the outer shell/ casing, and a new battery.
So, banish the thought of your handset malfunctioning soon. Refurbished is not synonymous with second-hand, used, and pre-owned. Apart from the unattractive brown box it will be packaged in, there's really no reason that should keep you from buying one instead of wasting money on its brand new variant.
Also, a certified official checks the quality of the product before branding it as refurbished. If they find any defects, then what's the point of selling it and throwing in a one-year warranty?
You can score refurbished Apple gadgets on the Apple online store, but you have to wait for a while because stocks in the Philippines don't come as often as it does in the US. If you're quite impatient, you can check out Globe stores since they sell refurbished iPhones or more commonly known as "whitebox" iPhones.