Buy a Used or Refurbished iPhone

Secondhand Bargains - Cheap Deals - Accurate Price Guides

Find a cheap secondhand iPhone using our Bargain Finder tool. View the average selling price for each iPhone model and discover bargain listings currently available for below the market rate!

Tip: use the dropdowns to show relevant bargains

Use our secondhand search tool to find the perfect iPhone to suit your requirements. If you know what model you want try our Model Finder tool instead.

Choose a model to see specifications, average selling price and bargains for that specific item. Ideal for buyers who know what model they want or sellers looking to find the value of their iPhone

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Apple releases a new version of the iPhone every September, with the current latest models being the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Thanks to such regular updates there are plenty of older models available secondhand.

Buying a used iPhone can be a great idea for several reasons:

Cost saving

While second hand iPhone do hold their value well, you will still benefit from the natural depreciation of this being a used product. If you buy a handset and then get a sim-only mobile contract you can pay much less per month. Your overall saving on a 24 month contract could be in the hundreds depending on what model you buy.

Not being tied to an expensive contract

Buying your own used iPhone outright allows you to choose whatever sim-only deal you want, from a cheap contract to a standard PAYG deal. The freedom of choosing just a call and data plan is quite refreshing.

Access to discontinued models.

You can choose the best phone from the entire iPhone back catalogue when buying secondhand. If you really wanted a 32GB iPhone 5C in Green then the only way to get one is pre-owned.

Resale value

As previously mentioned iPhones do hold their value well and the main depreciation is within the first year or so. Therefore buying a used iPhone and then reselling it after 18 months could only cost you a minimal net amount.

Buying a Secondhand iPhone

In order to maximise the benefits of buying secondhand then you need to follow a few simple ground rules:

Check the description carefully, paying particular attention to the condition of the device. If the seller doesn’t provide any information about this then contact them to confirm.

Beware of secondhand iPhone sales using stock photos, unless they are listed as unopened or mint condition. You want to see several good quality photographs of the actual handset you’ll be buying and use this visual guide in tandem with the description.

Some iPhones will still be locked to a particular network and, while it is possible to get these unlocked in the majority of cases, it is better to buy one already done, or locked to the network you need.

Make sure the phone is not Activation Locked. This is a security setting introduced by Apple to restrict the trade in stolen devices. Confirm with the seller if necessary before the transaction.

Set a budget and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to get auction fever when bidding on items – it’s easy to get carried away and end up overpaying! If the auction goes over your maximum then find an alternative to bid on.

Secondhand or Refurb?

One of the main questions we get asked is whether to buy secondhand or refurbished. Unsurprisingly, the answer is 'it depends...'!

Factors to consider include budget, model, seller, the value you personally place in a guarantee or warranty (and if you are willing to pay extra for that). See our tips section for more help.

Auction or Buy It Now?

On our listings page there is a further option to refine your search to show only auction items or Buy It Now (BIN) items.

The price displayed for auction items is the current highest bid whereas BIN items display the price you can pay immediately to secure the item. Read our full guide on buying via auctions and BIN for further information.

Buyer Protection

There are various ways to pay for a secondhand Mac online, each offering a differing level of buyer protection.

As purchasing used items does carry a natural level of risk, we recommend you read our guide on payment types and your rights and options when receiving faulty or falsely described goods.