Why? Because they are rebuilt and updated with the latest bells and whistles and are usually not used before. These refurbished iPhones may have been returned for various reasons and are usually still covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty. For example, a consumer may have never touched an Apple iPhone and it was a QA-tested model that underwent extensive testing at the factory. It would be sold as a refurbished Apple iPhone rather than a new one, albeit never used.
A refurbished iPhone from AT&T may have been just a floor model and as a refurbished iPhone it’s a great bargain. Many times the package has been opened and cannot be sold as new, so it is returned to the factory by the AT&T retailer or Apple iPhone reseller and repackaged and sold at a discount many times with upgrades added. Depending on the iPhone you’re buying, you can sometimes get a service contract that’s just as good as the original warranty.
Many refurbished products, like the Apple iPhone or ATT’s iPhone 3G, suffered minor damage during shipping, or perhaps just the outer packaging was torn or damaged. These will be shipped back to the factory and repackaged and sometimes sold as refurbished iPhones. Usually the damage is very minor and you can’t see it, but they are as good as new iPhones and after leaving the factory a second time, they are high quality iPhones at a discounted price.
Sometimes refurbished iPhones were floor models or in-store demo models. These are eventually being sold as refurbished and savvy, price-conscious or discount shoppers are looking for the best prices.
Whether you’re looking for an Apple iPhone, AT&T iPhone, or any unlocked iPhone refurbished model, there are great deals out there that will get you one that’s as good as new at a price you can’t beat. Even older iPhones are now being upgraded and repackaged and are of the same or better quality than those sold as new. Refurbished iPhones are as good as new and are a better value.