What does a refurbished iPhone mean?

Many of you have probably heard of the so-called restored iPhone, which can be purchased on the Russian market. Our site, in particular, mentioned this offer a couple of times. Today we decided to become more familiar with such a device.

So, the restored iPhone. It is also often called “Like New” – just such an inscription can be found on the price tag. At the time of writing, in our country, you can officially buy a refurbished iPhone 5s, we don’t know whether other models will be available. And it doesn’t matter now, because we are here for the other – to find out what the seller offers.

What is the point? A refurbished iPhone is indeed a device that was previously used by one of the users, and perhaps on the other side of the planet. However, you should not worry, because the devices go through the factory recovery procedure, which includes the replacement of the case and screen. At the output, we get the device without a single trace of use. That is why it is called “like new”.

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It is worth noting that Apple’s program for updating its own devices has been operating for more than one year. The company sells restored devices either in its own stores or through partners. You probably have a question – how do used smartphones get back to the company? It’s simple: in America there is a trade-in program, according to which the old device can be exchanged for a new one with a surcharge. Or another option: the user purchased an iPhone, and a week later a defect appeared in it that does not allow the device to be used for its intended purpose. In this case, Apple changes the buyer’s device to a new one, and the defective device is sent to the factory, where the marriage is repaired, the case and glass are replaced with new ones, and then returned to the store as restored.

What is the plus purchase of such a smartphone? This is its cost, since it is significantly lower than the cost of a new smartphone, while the device has a full warranty. Plus, the refurbished iPhone is really no different from the new one – externally.

You can officially buy a refurbished iPhone in large chain stores, the names of which you all know very well. However, on the Internet you can find many offers at an even better price. Should I buy an iPhone on an ad on the Internet or in a dubious online store? Large chain stores are official partners of Apple, so you can trust such networks. But what about other online stores? You can run into a kind of fake – we are also talking about a restored iPhone, not only by Apple’s official factory, but by Chinese craftsmen who use non-original parts for restoration. So, the case will be unoriginal, like glass. How long such a device will work and how the warranty applies to it, one can only guess.

How to distinguish a real restored iPhone from a fake?

Firstly, the probability of buying a fake can be eliminated if you buy the device from an official partner of Apple.

Secondly, the packaging of the restored iPhone is white, it only has the inscription Apple Certified Pre-Owned and the name of the model on it. The fakes have a box like the new iPhone, and it will certainly be sealed. But it’s still fake.

Thirdly, it is a kit. The company is putting in a box a charger, cable and headphones – everything is new. In a box with a fake put all the same, but fake. And if outwardly distinguishing headphones from the original is often very difficult, then the sound is easy to determine. In addition, fake accessories for fake – often the cheapest, they quickly fail.

But outwardly find out that before you is a fake, which is dressed in a non-original case, only a specialist can do it. Inside, changes are easier to notice, but disassembling the iPhone is not easy, and hardly anyone will do it.

Should I buy a refurbished iPhone?

If there is a need to save, it’s worth it, but only with an official Apple partner who gives a full guarantee. Buying elsewhere is akin to a lottery. The choice is yours.

iPhone 5S 16Gb refurbished

  • Screen diagonal: 4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1136×640
  • Weight: 113g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • CPU: Apple A9
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1624 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes