How to buy an iPhone mini before they’re gone forever

Gone, but never forgotten

iPhone 13 Mini product

iPhone 12 mini

From
$230
  • pro
    5.4-inch display
  • pro
    A14 Bionic
iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 13 mini

From
$583
  • pro
    5.4-inch display
  • pro
    A14 Bionic
Anula Wiwatowska
Sep 20, 2023
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Much to the chagrin of small phone enthusiasts, Apple killed the iPhone mini when it announced the iPhone 15. The small handset has been replaced by the Plus from the iPhone 14 onwards, and as of Apple’s latest event both the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 12 mini have been discontinued.

While Apple will no longer manufacture the pint-sized pocket devices, remaining stock is still available from select retailers. So if you’re hoping to get your hands on a tiny telephone, here is how to buy an iPhone 13 mini or an iPhone 12 mini before they’re gone forever.

How to buy an iPhone 13 mini


The iPhone 13 mini has only just been discontinued, so this model will likely have the most stock still available, but you won’t be able to nab one from a telco.

Buying the iPhone 13 mini outright means you’ll need to pay the whole cost up front, and find a plan with your preferred SIM provider. While it is more expensive up front, overall you can save more in the long-term if you pick a good value SIM plan. You can also cut down on costs by opting for a refurbished model instead. 

Refurbed iPhones are an excellent cost-saving option, especially if you’re after a discontinued model. Since Apple supports security and software updates for up to 7 years, you can safely use any iPhone that has been released since 2016. 

Below are a handful of the best deals to buy an iPhone 13 mini outright either brand new, or as a high quality refurbished model. We’ve also included cheap SIM plans to go along with your mini device.


Supplier
Price
Condition
Link
KoganFrom $789Refurbished
AmazonFrom $1,047 (new)New
eBayFrom $583 (refurbed)Preowned

How to buy an iPhone 12 mini


iPhone 12 mini is a few years old, and a little harder to find but there is still some availability if you know where to look. Unfortunately, no Australian telcos have any remaining stock, but you can still grab one outright, or a refurbished model in a few places.

Below are the best outright deals for the iPhone 12 mini in Australia. While these are more expensive up front, you can save money in the long run if you pick a cheap SIM plan to go with them.


Supplier
Price
Condition
Link
KoganFrom $445 Refurbished
Boost Mobile From $539Refurbished
AmazonFrom $999New
eBayFrom $230Preowned

iPhone 12 mini vs iPhone 13 mini

iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 13 mini
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Display5.4-inch Super Retina XDR5.4-inch Super Retina XDR
ProcessorA14 BionicA15 Bionic
Camera12MP + 12MP Portrait mode with Depth Control12MP + 12MP Portrait mode with Focus and Depth Control
BatteryUp to 10 hours video playback (streamed)Up to 13 hours video playback (streamed)
PriceFrom $529 refurbishedFrom $789 refurbished
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Anula Wiwatowska
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Anula Wiwatowska
Anula is the Content and Social Media Editor within the Reviews.org extended universe. Working in the tech space since 2020, she covers phone and internet plans, gadgets, smart devices, and the intersection of technology and culture. Anula was a finalist for Best Feature Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards, and an eight time finalist across categories at the IT Journalism Awards. Her work contributed to WhistleOut's Best Consumer Coverage win in 2023.

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