Where to get the best deal on a refurbished iPhone

Sacrificing ‘new’ doesn’t mean sacrificing quality.
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For a quality refurbished iPhone with a one-year warranty, numobile's 24-month repayment plans are stellar value.

As much as we love the iPhone for its performance, camera quality and design, there’s one thing we’re not so keen on – the price. Thankfully, there’s a cheaper option for those on a budget who don’t want to make the Android switch – a refurbished iPhone.

Man holding refurbished iPhone 11

What is a refurbished iPhone?

Sure, it’s easy to find a second-hand iPhone on Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree or eBay, but you can never be 100% sure of the quality or even authenticity of the device. You can also say goodbye to your consumer rights with no warranty or refund policy.

That’s where refurbishing comes in. Apple offers preloved iPhones which have been revamped with a brand new battery and outer shell, genuine Apple replacement parts (where necessary), all accessories and cables, and a one-year warranty for that added peace of mind. In return, you’ll save hundreds off the price of a new device. Unfortunately, Apple’s range of refurbished iPhones is quite limited, offering only the X and XS at the time of writing.

Many other retailers also offer refurbished iPhones – and often more recent models – for an even bigger discount than Apple (and usually still offer a warranty). However, these third-party refurbs generally come with the original battery and outer shell, so while the phone is guaranteed to work, it might not be at that fresh-out-of-the-box level.

Where to get a refurbished iPhone on a plan

Australia is home to just one phone provider who offers refurbished devices on plans – numobile. In fact, they only sell refurbs. This Telstra MVNO offers a great selection of iPhones at monthly prices starting from just $11. Each phone goes through an extensive 51-step testing process to ensure everything from the camera to the battery are functioning as expected.

Here’s a round-up of all the models you can get with numobile.

iPhone 732GB$11/mth
iPhone 7128GB$15/mth
iPhone 7256GB$20/mth
iPhone 7 Plus32GB$17/mth
iPhone 7 Plus128GB$20/mth
iPhone 864GB$20/mth
iPhone 8256GB$25/mth
iPhone 8 Plus64GB$25/mth
iPhone 8 Plus256GB$30/mth
iPhone X64GB$35/mth
iPhone X256GB$40/mth
iPhone XR64GB$30/mth
iPhone XR128GB$35/mth
iPhone XS64GB$40/mth
iPhone XS256GB$45/mth
iPhone XS512GB$50/mth
iPhone XS Max64GB$45/mth
iPhone XS Max256GB$50/mth
iPhone XS Max512GB$55/mth

Once you’ve picked your device, there are three plans to choose from: the $15/mth Small Plan, the $30/mth Medium Plan, or the $45/mth Large Plan. Each contract-free plan comes with 3GB, 30GB and 50GB, respectively, along with unlimited standard national calls and texts and data banking up to 200GB. The Medium and Large plans also offer unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected countries.

Check out the plans below.

Where to buy a refurbished iPhone 11 or 11 Pro

They’re about to be superseded, but we reckon the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro are some of the best phones Apple has ever produced. And the good news is that you can still nab a current-gen refurbished iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro outright through sellers like Amazon and Kogan. Each retailer has their own refurbishing process and guarantees, so be sure to check the fine print before hitting ‘Buy Now’.

Here are the best offers below.

ModelBest price
iPhone 11From $1,099
iPhone 11 ProFrom $1,499
iPhone 11 Pro MaxNot available refurbished

Where to buy a refurbished iPhone XS, XS Max or XR

Released back in 2018, the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR pack some seriously decent features – even when you pit them against Apple’s more recent offerings – and buying a refurbished model is a smart way to shave off a couple of hundos.

If you prefer to be on a plan, you can nab an iPhone XS from $40/mth, an XS Max from $45 or an XR from just $30/mth through numobile over 24 months.

For those that prefer to own their device outright, Amazon and Kogan have some stellar deals on offer.

ModelBest price
iPhone XSFrom $749
iPhone XS MaxFrom $899
iPhone XRFrom $718

Where to buy a refurbished iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X

Apple’s iPhone X and 8 lineup are three years old now, but they still give more modern phones a run for their money – especially considering how much of that money you can actually save by buying an already cheaper model with that sweet, sweet refurb discount.

Through numobile, you can score yourself a refurbished iPhone 8 from $20/mth, an 8 Plus from $25/mth or an X from $35 over 24 months.

Otherwise, Amazon and Kogan have some great deals on Apple’s 2018 lineup. Check out the prices below.

ModelBest price
iPhone 8From $399
iPhone 8 PlusFrom $599
iPhone XFrom $687

Where to buy a refurbished iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

While we recommend one of Apple’s newer devices for the best performance and longevity, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are still good options for those on a tight budget – even more so when you get a refurbished bargain.

numobile offers 24-month repayments on the iPhone 7 from just $11/mth and the 7 Plus from $17/mth.

It’s hard to beat value that good, but Amazon’s outright prices are just as attractive. Check them out in the table below.

ModelBest price
iPhone 7From $265
iPhone 7 PlusFrom $469.95

What’s the best plan for my refurbished iPhone?

If you’re purchasing your refurb iPhone outright, you’re in total control of which provider you go with, how much data you get and how big your monthly bill is. That means there are some real bargains to be had, regardless of whether you opt for a prepaid or postpaid plan.

Take a look below to see the most popular plans with at least 10GB data.

*All prices quoted in this article are accurate at time of publishing on 15/09/20