Should I Buy a Refurbished Phone? - Save Money, Get Quality

Written by: Emma Morris


Refurbished mobile phones have long been misunderstood, tarnished by myths of unreliable dealings and confused with merely used phones—which often fall short in longevity.

Yet, when you look beyond the myths and hearsay, you'll discover that refurbished devices offer an exceptional opportunity to gain premium features adored in brand-new phones, but at a fraction of the original cost.

Keep reading as we unravel the benefits of these little gadgets when you buy from

Afterwards, why not also explore our collection of refurbished phones? Each one undergoes an extensive 90-point phone check to ensure they work just like their brand-new counterparts.

Key Takeaways:

  • If restored properly, a refurbished phone can last just as long as a new one.

  • Each one undergoes a undergoes a thorough inspection to make them better than phones sold as 'used'.

  • When you choose one of these devices from us, you'll enjoy a selection of additional perks designed to brighten your day.

What Are Refurbished Phones

So, what are these devices? 

Refurbished mobile phones are gadgets inspected and tested to ensure they work practically like new ones. These tests rigorously assess features such as battery health, Wi-Fi capabilities, and button functionality, setting them apart from used phones that are typically resold immediately after use.

As with ours, a refurbished phone is significantly cheaper than a brand-new phone and often comes in different external conditions—Good, Excellent, and Premium—each reflecting the device's history to various extents to allow you to save even more money.

They are also entirely wiped of their past owners' data, ensuring a clean slate on which to start your own journey with confidence and peace of mind.

Positive Aspect of a Refurbished Device

Apart from saving some extra cash, purchasing a refurbished device over a new or used gadget has other benefits. Some of these include:

  • A Warranty Period: Unlike used phones, refurbished gadgets often come with a warranty period that allows you to return the phone if any faults are found. At UR, this lasts for up to 28 days from your original purchase.

  • Longevity: If restored correctly, refurbished tech can last as long as a brand-new device, especially if it has at least 80% battery health, which ensures you have enough battery life cycles to last you for years to come.

  • Sustainability: Plus, they are a more sustainable option! Did you know that the production of refurbished phones saves approximately 45 kilograms of CO2 per phone compared to a new one?

So, buying a refurbished phone not only helps reduce e-waste but also protects the atmosphere in the process. Explore our article on Sustainable Technology to find out more.

Just ensure you purchase from a reputable seller beforehand, preferably with multiple Trustpilot reviews vouching for their experience and product quality.

Values of Shopping at

On top of an array of other benefits when you buy refurbished phones from us, here's what's in store for you at

  • Free UK Delivery: Every device we sell comes with free delivery, so you don't have to pay extra at checkout.

  • 12 Months FREE Insurance: In an industry first, we offer 12 months of free insurance to protect your device against various risks, such as accidental damage and theft.

  • Various Payment Options: Although UR is not a lender, we partner with finance providers so you can pay for your device over an extended period. Take a look at checkout.

If you have a question, give us a ring! Our customer service team is always here to answer any question, big or small.

Final Thoughts on a Refurbished Phone Purchase

At the end of the day, a refurbished phone will offer you a plethora of benefits that can brighten your day, from helping you save money to providing you with a device that will last for years to come.

Plus, most UR's refurbished phones come with £45 worth of free accessories, including the refurbished iPhone 15, 14, 13 series, and more, ensuring unbeatable value for your purchase.

Take a look at our collection today! Your next mobile phone could be just around the corner.

Emma Morris

Emma crafts insightful and informative articles about refurbished phones for Her expertise guides readers in making the smartest choices for their tech needs.