The sec­ond­hand iPhone mar­ket

The pros and cons of get­ting an older iPhone

iPad&iPhone user - - CONTENTS - Lou Hat­ter­s­ley

Ap­ple pro­duces pre­mium prod­ucts, but the lat­est kit tends to com­mand a high price. It’s true that, if you visit an Ap­ple Store (on­line or on your high street) to buy an iPhone, you’ll get the sup­port that comes with buy­ing di­rect from the man­u­fac­turer, and you’ll get good ad­vice if you speak to any­one in store. How­ever, you’re not go­ing to get any spe­cial dis­counts or deals on iPhones if you visit an Ap­ple Store Ge­nius.

Be­cause of this, many peo­ple on a bud­get con­sider switch­ing to non-Ap­ple kit, but that’s not the only op­tion. It’s of­ten pos­si­ble to pick up an older model of Ap­ple’s iPhone with a big dis­count if you know where to look.

Di­rect from Ap­ple or third-party re­tail­ers

If you’re not wor­ried about get­ting the lat­est kit, an older iPhone is an op­tion, and it doesn’t have to be sec­ond-hand. The 5s (pictured op­po­site) is no longer avail­able to buy from Ap­ple. It was re­placed by the SE, which of­fers a cheaper way of get­ting the top specs in a smaller pack­age. But if you still want to buy a 5s, there are ways to do so as we ex­plain be­low.

You can still buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus from Ap­ple brand new at a cheaper price than the lat­est iPhone mod­els: the 6s and 6s Plus.

You’ll miss out on some fea­tures on the older mod­els: They miss out on 3D Touch and the faster pro­ces­sor, but they’ll cost you less cash.

The iPhone 6 with a 4.7in screen starts at £459, while the 6 Plus with its 5.5in screen costs from £539. You’ll find the 5s, 6 and 6 Plus avail­able from most car­ri­ers in the UK, on much cheaper con­tracts than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Th­ese car­ri­ers in­clude EE, Three, O2, Voda­fone, Vir­gin Mo­bile, Tesco Mo­bile and Car­phone Ware­house.

Where to buy an iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s may no longer be on sale through Ap­ple, but it’s widely avail­able from third­par­ties both on con­tract and SIM-free. There are hun­dreds of 5s deals avail­able, but you’ll

want to get in quickly as Ap­ple will no longer be man­u­fac­tur­ing the phone. They’re bound to be com­pletely out of stock soon.

Buy­ing an iPhone 5 or ear­lier

The iPhone 4s and older are un­likely to be sup­ported by Ap­ple for much longer. You might not be able to up­date to the lat­est soft­ware when it ar­rives later this year, but you can up­date it to the cur­rent iOS 9 op­er­at­ing sys­tem. The same goes for the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 has a Light­ning con­nec­tor, though, while the iPhone 4s still has the old 30-pin con­nec­tor which lim­its the ac­ces­sories avail­able.

The iPhone 4 and ear­lier, how­ever, won’t run iOS 8 or 9, so they’re al­ready un­sup­ported by Ap­ple, which is why we wouldn’t rec­om­mend buy­ing an iPhone older than the iPhone 4s.

You’ll find mod­els of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and older on Ama­zon, but there are also ways to buy the iPhone 5 brand new or re­fur­bished from the likes of Tesco, Car­phone Ware­house and more. Then, of course, there’s eBay, which has lots of unused iPhones on of­fer but is per­haps not the most re­li­able source.

Sec­ond-hand and re­con­di­tioned iPhones

One of the best ways to get an old iPhone at a bar­gain price, in­clud­ing mod­els such as the iPhone 5s that are no longer avail­able from Ap­ple, is buy­ing it sec­ond-hand or re­fur­bished.

Good places to start in­clude Ama­zon, eBay (but be sure to check the seller’s re­views), Ar­gos, Tesco, O2, GAME and more.

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