The last few years, there hasn’t been much difference between one year’s iPhone and the next. The last really big update was the iPhone X (2017), which added wireless charging, Face ID OLED screens, and a full screen display all in one year. Sure, there have been important additions since, such as 5G, Pro quality cameras, Dynamic Island and Type C charging. But for the average consumer, the differences from one year to the next don’t really matter. This leads many people to ask if it’s really worth spending $800 at minimum for the newest phones. The answer is a pretty resounding “no” for most people. Refurbished iPhones are a great alternative for people who don’t care about having the newest model with marginal improvements.

For example, the iPhone 12 (2020) is 5G capable and is will still receive major iOS updates for the next 3 years. It will also have another few years of lifespan after that. Once an iPhone stops receiving major iOS updates, they can still function well as your main phone for another 2-4 years. A good quality iPhone 12 with upgraded storage generally costs about $400 – half of the $800 base iPhone 15. Or, if you’re looking for something even cheaper, iPhone XR’s (2018) are rarely more than $200. They still receive major iOS updates, but the last one will be this fall with the release of the iPhone 16.

This article isn’t just to tell you that refurbished phones are cool. We do sell refurbished phones on top of being a repair shop. Recently, we added several refurbished iPhones to our collection of phones for sale! Almost all of the phones we sell are unlocked, meaning they are compatible with any carrier in any country. If you’d like to stop by and check out our stock, here’s our Google Maps Location.