Where is the best place to buy second-hand phones?
Published: 18 January 2021
I've had the following question sent to me:
format_quoteWhere can I buy a good used phone that won't break the bank?format_quote
Great question. First of all, when looking for second-hand phones I recommend looking at anything that is described as "refurbished". This usually means that the phone has been reset and ready for a new owner, and may also mean that any physical damage has been fixed.
Always check the condition of the phone
Often when buying a refurbished phone you will be shown the condition of the phone itself. Often written as "A+" or "Excellent". It is always worth looking out for that so you aren't shocked if you receive a phone with a small scratch if it has been described as "B+" for example.
My recommendation: GiffGaff
The first place I would recommend to look for a second-hand refurbished phone is GiffGaff.
I have added some links as follows which lists the phones starting with the lowest price first. You will see that you will be able to filter the results by the condition of the phone (Good, Very Good, Excellent, Like New)
- Refurbished Samsung phones: https://www.giffgaff.com/mobile-phones/refurbished/samsung?sort=price-asc
- Refurbished Apple iPhones: https://www.giffgaff.com/mobile-phones/refurbished/apple?sort=price-asc
- All refurbished phones: https://www.giffgaff.com/mobile-phones/refurbished?sort=price-asc
Check whether you need a new SIM card
Remember that modern phones may need you to update your SIM card to a smaller version, so it's worth checking what type of SIM card you have in your current phone and then checking what your new phone requires.
To do this simply Google your current phone model and add "SIM card type" to the end of your query, and hopefully Google will tell you what SIM card you have and separately what you need.
If you need a new SIM card then I use GiffGaff as well. You can order a SIM card on the following link:
- Order a new SIM card here: https://www.giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/alexffc