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What are refurbished iPhones and is it okay to buy them?

Apple is known for its premium products with hefty price tags, offering iPhones that can go over PHP 50,000. However, there are ways to acquire an iPhone at a much lower price tag, and that is by choosing refurbished models. But what are these so-called refurbished iPhones, and is it okay to buy them?

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What is “Refurbished”

Refurbished iPhones are also called ‘Whitebox’ units as they come in a plain white box sans the photo of the iPhone on the front. This serves as a visual indicator to let you know that it’s a refurbished unit.

As the word indicates, refurbished iPhones are new exactly brand new. These were sold units but returned due to certain reasons like factory defects. The units then undergo another process to make them worthy to sell again. They are fixed (with parts replacement if necessary), given a new outer shell, a new battery, a thorough cleaning, and a one-year warranty that new iPhones have. The device is also repackaged in a brand new box with all accessories and cable.

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These devices are almost brand new.


Buying a refurbished iPhone can save you as low as PHP 5,000 as high up to PHP 15,000, depending on the iPhone model. You’ll sometimes spot these through distributors and sellers, but quite hard to find. If you’re in a market where there’s an official Apple Store, like in the US, you can easily find one there and can save USD 200 to USD 300. Telcos occasionally carry refurbished iPhones and offer them through plans. Like Globe’s recent iPhone 6s offering. But these offers are rare.

Should you buy one?

Some buyers are uncomfortable buying second-hand devices, but if you want to save money on your iPhone purchase, going for official refurbished devices is the safest way to go. As mentioned earlier, they go through Apple’s inspection and quality checks and comes with a one-year warranty for some peace of mind. This is also a good option for those who are planning to have their first iPhone at a price lower than SRP. I guess the real challenge here is where to find them as these things come and go quickly.

What do you guys think about these refurbished iPhones? Do you happen to own one? Let us know in the comments section below!

3 Responses

  1. jon s says:

    I have been looking for a refurbished Macbook aside from refurbished iPhones, however, it seems finding one in the Philippines is indeed very rare. At least one among the Apple stores in the Philipines must have started considering it but due to our very weak customer service priorities, there are very limited items that fall into such a category. Because the reality is, you will have to fight your way to the store to have your item replaced, especially for minor problems or issues.

    Unlike in the US or Canada, people just come and go returning their items after 7 days to a month – but are still accepted without much contention. These are the items sold again as refurbished after they passed the necessary QC.

  2. Sha says:

    I hope you could also have an article about refurbished laptops and where to buy them here in the Philippines.

  3. Lauripil barillo says:

    I want to be a reseller of refurbished iPhone cellphones. Can I get bigger discounts? Pls leave your reply thru my email placed below. Thanks.

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