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Where to Buy Refurbished iPhone 4

Updated on July 17, 2013

Why Buy an iPhone 4? Is it worth it?

If you want to learn where to buy a refurbished iPhone 4, you are in luck. In this article, I will talk about the safest and cheapest places to purchase a refurbished iPhone 3, 4 or 4S. There is this negative consensus among consumers that refurbished products are somehow inferior or prone to damage and rapid deterioration. This could not be further from the truth. What most people don't realize is that most refurbished smartphones are good as new.

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The vast majority of people who return purchased iPhones do so not because of particular defects with the internal hard drives, but because they decided to change their minds on the aesthetics or model type. For example, there have been a lot of cases where a person would purchase a black iPhone just to switch it with a white one, or vice versa. Other times, a person may purchase an iPhone 4 but realize that the 3g network is too slow, therefore switching to a 4S. Rarely does a customer hand in a brand new smartphone that doesn't work back to the Apple store.

When a customer buys a smartphone and returns it (usually within 30 days) for whatever reason, the smartphone can no longer be sold as new. It either becomes used or refurbished, and effectively loses a hefty chunk of its original price. More consumers need to realize that buying refurbished smartphones can save them tons of money!

Find great deals on Amazon

Never buy an smartphone by walking to your nearest phone shop. In today's world, you have the Internet to help you search for the best deals. Since nearly everyone shops online, you can find discrepancies in price by simply performing a quick Google search. Long gone are the days in which sellers could take advantage of consumers. The Internet has brought the power back to us! Before buying an smartphone, I highly recommend that you do your own research to find the best deals you can possibly find on the Internet. I've already done some of that research for you in this article and hopefully it has pointed you in the right direction.

Refurbished iPhone 4 from Amazon

Amazon has an amazing selection of smartphones. The great thing about Amazon is that you get to see all the reviews written by everyday consumers on products they love or hate. The iPhone 4 has tons of positive reviews on Amazon. There are also people who are disappointed with some shortcomings. However, most of the negative reviews are due to shipping issues, and not specifically about the product itself.

Apple iPhone 4 Black Smartphone 32GB (AT&T)
Apple iPhone 4 Black Smartphone 32GB (AT&T)

Last year, I bought my mother her first Apple smartphone and she was thrilled at going from a flip phone to one with a touchable screen. Today, she can download her own app and she even plays Temple Run when she has free time.


Buying an Apple Smartphone

Besides Amazon, I would recommend the following places to find refurbished Apple smartphones.

1. Apple has an amazing special deals section on their website that sells used and refurbished products. The Apple special deals section sells refurbished macs, iPods, iPads and iPhones. Unfortunately, there is not a steady stream of refurbished smartphones readily available so you have to constantly check back to see if they have it or not.

2. Gamestop is huge retail store dedicated to selling gaming consoles, video games and other electronics. They have over 400 stores in the U.S. alone and are growing every day. They have a wide selection of refurbished Apple products.

3. Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint are all currently carrying the Apple smartphone. If you visit their websites, some of them will provide great deals on refurbished smartphones.

4. eBay and Craigslist should be used as a last resort If you can't find any refurbished Apple smartphone using the sources outlined above. On these sites buyers are connected with sellers. On eBay, always make sure to check the seller's ratings and how many items he/she has sold in the past. Be wary of deals that are too good to be true. Often times, these are just scams enticing regular consumers like you and me to give up our hard-earned cash. When using Craigslist, never send money over the Internet. Always meet the seller and test out the product first before paying.

Buy Refurbished Apple Smartphone on eBay

If you are looking to for the best deals on an iPhone 4, I also suggest checking out eBay. Over the years, I've bought countless smartphones on eBay for friends, relatives and myself. I've never gotten a bad purchase. Nevertheless, like any Internet purchase, it is always safe to avoid deals that are too good to be true. Always check the seller's ratings and how many items he or she has sold in the past. I've bought and sold countless smartphones on eBay and I've never had any major issues with the site. However, you have to always be careful of scammers who are always ready to take away your hard-earned money.

iPhone 4 vs 4S

If you are deciding between the 4 and the 4S, you can check out this detailed video on the major similarities and differences. Although the two phones are very similar in terms of design, there are slight differences in speed and capabilities. If you want a completely redesigned iPhone, I would recommend the iPhone 5.

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      fire218 4 years ago

      Way cheaper than buying a new one. thanks

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Great Idea! I always buy refurbished electronics or my grandchildren since the price is so much better.

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      AllPurchasingSo 4 years ago

      Great lens, used is the way to go! lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i m from nepal, can i buy this iphone from here? how? please reply me @

      thank you

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      sethmeyers 4 years ago

      I've bought a refurbed one in the past and didn't regret it

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      Tom 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Been wanting an iphone, but haven't wanted to pay the big price. Maybe a refurb is the way to go.

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      Golfman7 4 years ago

      Useful information to know as an alternative to paying top price for a new iPhone.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I still use an old iPhone 3G. This is really helpful information!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I LOVE my refurbished iPhone! It is as good as new!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I return visit and recommend for other lenses

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      This is very helpful information as I'm in need for a new iPhone.

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      MEDerby 5 years ago

      Who knew? Great information.

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      Nice article, well explained. Too bad I always want the latest model... :p Patience is not my strongest point.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting article, I would never have thought of buying a refurbished phone until reading this. Thanks for that

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      Great article. Well explained. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a refurbished smart phone now. I love my Iphone 4!