Apple has begun to sell refurbished iPhone 13 models across Europe, but anyone hoping for deep discounts is going to be disappointed.
Apple's refurbished iPhone 13 models all come unlocked and SIM-free, with multiple colors often available. Right now stocks are hit-and-miss which means that you might not be able to pick up your first-choice color and storage configuration.
All of Apple's refurbished products sell at a price that is lower than the one you'd expect to pay if picking up a brand-new one, but the discount isn't huge on these iPhones. The refurbished iPhone 13 models are around 15% lower than their newer counterparts.
Great phone, average deal
At the time of writing the refurbished iPhone 13 handsets are available in the U.K., Germany, Spain, and Italy and MacRumors notes that it's likely that buyers in the United States will be able to get in on the act soon. The iPhone 13 models are already showing up on the U.S. website, but they aren't currently available for purchase.
While the discount might not be a huge one, there are benefits to buying a renewed iPhone from Apple. Each renewed iPhone comes with a full one-year warranty as well as all the same manuals and accessories you'd get if you bought new. You also get an iPhone that has had its battery and outer shell replaced, which means there isn't all that much that isn't new after all.
Depending on which configuration you choose buying a renewed iPhone could well be the better option in some ways, so long as you don't go into the transaction expecting huge savings. Apart from the iPhone coming in a generic white box, most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference at the point of purchase.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.