From Old to Gold: How Refurbished iPhones Offer Incredible Value

POSTED: Aug 25, 2023

We live in a world of technology where smartphones quickly become outdated, making it tempting to upgrade to the latest models and leave our previous devices unused. More often than not, they end up in landfills, contributing to pollution. There is a way, however, to turn these old devices into ‘gold’ through the process of refurbishment. 

Our refurbished iPhones are hidden gems in the market. These devices, often misunderstood or overlooked, offer remarkable value, boasting performance and features comparable to their brand-new counterparts. They offer an incredible opportunity to experience the world of Apple at a fraction of the cost.  

In this blog, we will dive into the reasons why refurbished iPhones from Loop Mobile are a true gem and shed light on why they deserve a place in your pocket.  

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Cost Savings Compared to New iPhones – Affordable Luxury 

The cost savings offered by our refurbished iPhones compared to new iPhones are substantial and undeniable. Refurbished iPhones are generally priced considerably lower than new devices, making them an attractive option if you are on a budget. Depending on the model and condition, you can typically save anywhere from 15% to 50% or more compared to the price of a brand-new iPhone. For instance, if a brand-new iPhone model has a retail price of £1,000, purchasing a refurbished version of the same model from Loop Mobile could save you around £150 to £400 or more. This means you can enjoy the benefits of flagship features, advanced camera systems, powerful processors, and stunning displays without paying the full retail price. 

The amount of money you can save when buying a refurbished iPhone in the UK compared to a brand new one will depend on a range of factors, such as the specific model, condition, age, and where you purchase the refurbished device.  

Quality Assurance and Reliability 

At Loop, our refurbished iPhones undergo a rigorous 70-point diagnostic checklist duriing the refurbishment process. This process restores their functionality and appearance. Despite the lower price, these devices are meticulously inspected, repaired, and evaluated to ensure they meet or even exceed industry standards.  

As Apples trusted partner, Loop have your back. By using genuine Apple parts and following stringent quality control procedures we can provide you with a high-quality product which performs comparably to a new device.  

Our trained technicians conduct a comprehensive inspection of each refurbished iPhone. They carefully examine the device for any physical damage, such as scratches, dents, or cracked screens. They also assess the internal components, including the logic board, battery, camera, and connectors, to identify any issues or defects and overall build quality. This step helps determine the extent of refurbishment required and ensures that only devices in suitable condition proceed to the next stages. 

Any faulty or damaged components discovered during the inspection are repaired or replaced with genuine Apple parts. This includes components such as the battery, screen, buttons, speakers, and microphone. The software is also updated to the latest compatible version. This ensures that the device benefits from the latest features, bug fixes, and security enhancements. Then rigorous testing takes place to ensure their functionality and performance, all of which is meticulously conducted by us at Loop. This includes testing various features, such as calls, Wi-Fi connectivity, camera performance, touch screen responsiveness, and overall system stability. Testing may also involve benchmarking and stress testing to ensure the device can manage typical usage scenarios. 

The pre-owned devices are subject to a cleaning process to thoroughly to remove dirt, dust, and fingerprints. This not only improves the device's appearance but also ensures hygiene standards are met. 

Before being made available for sale, refurbished iPhones undergo their final quality control checks. These checks verify that the device meets the refurbisher's standards and performs as intended. It includes ensuring that all repaired or replaced components are functioning correctly. 

Not only do we use genuine Apple parts in the refurbishment process, but we also ensure that the refurbished iPhones we offer are genuine and not counterfeit or stolen. At Loop, we prioritise transparency and fair practices in our operations. So, it is always a good idea to purchase a refurbished iPhone from a reputable seller.  

Comparable Performance and Features 

There are many misconceptions about refurbished devices. Some believe that they are of inferior quality and that they lack the same performance and features of brand-new devices. In reality, they retain the original specifications and capabilities of their counterparts. Through our thorough refurbishment process , these devices are restored to optimal functionality and often exhibit similar performance to a new iPhone. Our refurbished iPhones are repaired and have any faulty components replaced with genuine Apple parts. This ensures that the device performs at a similar level to a new iPhone in terms of processor speed, memory, and overall hardware performance. 

Refurbished iPhones from Loop Mobile are fully compatible with the same accessories as new iPhones, they seamlessly integrate with a wide range of accessories, just like new iPhones. Whether it is cases, chargers, wireless earbuds, or any other accessory designed for the iPhone, you'll have the flexibility to personalize and enhance your refurbished device according to your preferences. 

These iPhones are not left in the dust when it comes to software updates. You will have access to the latest operating system updates, app updates, and services offered by Apple. They continue to receive software updates, allowing them to run the latest version of Apple's operating system, iOS, just like their brand-new equivalents. You can access the App Store, and use the latest applications, and benefit from security patches and performance improvements provided by Apple. This ensures that you can enjoy the same software features, security updates, and compatibility with the latest apps as a new iPhone.  

Typically, our refurbished iPhones have the same processing power as their brand-new counterparts. The processor and RAM inside the device are not compromised during the refurbishment process, ensuring smooth and efficient performance. iPhones equipped with biometric features, such as Touch ID or Face ID, retain their functionality. These features provide convenient and secure ways to unlock your device, authenticate payments, and secure sensitive data. Additionally, the refurbished iPhones offer the same connectivity options as new iPhones. They support the latest networks, including 4G LTE and 5G (depending on the specific model) and you can expect features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC for Apple Pay, and support for various cellular networks, allowing you to stay connected wherever you go. 

A refurbished iPhone from Loop will often feature the same camera capabilities as new iPhones. Whether it is advanced camera sensors, optical image stabilisation, portrait mode, or enhanced low-light performance, you can expect comparable camera performance from a refurbished iPhone. They also maintain the same display quality as their brand-new counterparts. This includes vibrant colours, high resolutions, and features such as True Tone and HDR support, depending on the specific model. 

And what about the battery life? This is a common concern for buyers. Refurbished iPhones from Loop Mobile undergo testing and, if necessary, receive a battery replacement during the refurbishment process. This ensures that the device's battery performance is comparable to a new iPhone, allowing for a full day of usage on a single charge. 

It's important to note that while refurbished iPhones offer comparable performance and features, there may be slight variations in physical appearance or signs of wear due to the devices being pre-owned and the specific capabilities may vary depending on the model and age of the refurbished iPhone. Newer models generally offer more advanced features, while older models may have limitations. However, the refurbishment process aims to minimise such cosmetic imperfections and focuses primarily on restoring the device's functionality and performance. 

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Warranty and After-Sales Support 

By choosing a reputable refurbisher, you can take advantage of their warranties. These warranties typically offer protection against any hardware defects or malfunctions that may occur after purchase. The duration and coverage of the warranty may vary, so it's essential to review the terms and conditions before making a purchase. 

When it comes to warranty for refurbished iPhones, the specifics can vary depending on the seller or refurbisher. However, the most common options you may encounter are: 

  • Seller's Warranty: Many reputable sellers of refurbished iPhones offer their own warranty. It's common to see these types of warranties to range from 90 days to one year. The warranty should cover any hardware defects or malfunctions that occur during normal use. 
  • Extended Warranty: Some sellers may provide the option to purchase an extended warranty for additional coverage beyond the standard warranty period. This could be offered at an extra cost and may provide more comprehensive protection. They can be beneficial if additional protection and peace of mind is a requirement. 
  • Manufacturer Warranty: In some cases, refurbished iPhones may still be covered by the original manufacturer's warranty, if it hasn't expired yet. This typically applies if the refurbisher is an authorised dealer or if the device is certified refurbished by the manufacturer. However, it's important to note that not all manufacturers extend their warranty coverage to refurbished devices. 
  • Third-Party Warranty: These are provided by external companies that specialise in warranty services. These warranties may offer coverage similar to the original manufacturer's warranty, providing protection against defects and malfunctions. That said, it is important to understand the details from the provider. 

Beyond the initial purchase, the quality of after-sales support plays a crucial role in ensuring a satisfactory experience. By choosing a reputable refurbisher you are ensuring that you have access to reliable after-sales support, as they understand the importance of providing expert guidance and assistance to customers. Whether you have inquiries about the device, need help setting it up, or require troubleshooting support, a dedicated customer support team is there to assist you. Their expertise ensures that you have a smooth and hassle-free experience with your refurbished iPhone.  

Supporting a Circular Approach – Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish 

The circular approach stands as a cornerstone of our commitment at Loop Mobile to redefine our interaction with resources, products, and waste. It underscores the significance of reducing, reusing, repairing, and recycling to shape a more sustainable and resource-efficient economy. This approach champions the reduction of resource consumption and waste generation, aligning seamlessly with our dedication to environmental responsibility. Refurbished devices, such as those offered by Loop Mobile, represent a prime embodiment of how the circular approach can tangibly come to life. The approach revolves around three fundamental principles: 

Reduce - Our ethos at Loop Mobile involves crafting products with longevity at the forefront, deploying fewer resources during production, and mitigating environmental impact across the product lifecycle. By extending the lifespan of iPhones through meticulous refurbishment, we actively contribute to reducing electronic waste and curtailing the environmental repercussions tied to new production processes. 

Reuse and Refurbish - Our commitment to the principles of reuse and refurbishment manifests through our refurbished iPhones. This ideology revolves around extending the lifespan of products by rejuvenating, refurbishing, and repurposing them. Rather than discarding iPhones that have ceased active use, we revitalize and restore them to a functional state, granting them a new lease on life. This comprehensive process entails repairing or substituting faulty components, thorough cleaning, and rigorous testing to guarantee alignment with our quality benchmarks. This conscientious effort alleviates the demand for new production, safeguarding valuable resources and contributing to a greener planet. 

Recycle and Recover - At Loop Mobile, we stand steadfast in promoting the circular approach's principles of recycling and material recovery. This emphasis revolves around extracting valuable resources from retired products and reintegrating them into the production cycle. By avoiding the 'disposable' mindset and acknowledging the planet's finite resources, we actively curtail reliance on virgin raw materials. This conscious choice contributes to reducing environmental degradation linked to resource extraction, fostering a more sustainable ecosystem. 

Electronic waste stands as a pressing environmental challenge, and at Loop we recognise the pivotal role refurbished devices play in addressing this issue. Discarded electronic devices, including smartphones, significantly contribute to this dilemma. Through our refurbished iPhones, we steer these devices away from landfills, consequently evading the associated environmental and health hazards that cast a shadow over our planet. By opting for a refurbished iPhone from Loop Mobile, you become an instrumental force in diminishing e-waste's impact. 

Our refurbished devices at Loop Mobile impeccably align with the core tenets of the circular approach, positioning them as a potent solution for tackling electronic waste and nurturing a more sustainable smartphone industry. Opting for a Loop Mobile refurbished iPhone epitomizes an eco-conscious stance toward technology consumption, complemented by an economically prudent choice. With each refurbished iPhone, you contribute to a greener, more eco-friendly technological landscape while embracing a more affordable alternative. 

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Testimonials and Customer Satisfaction 

Across the globe there are many satisfied refurbished device users, more than you may think. Many customers express their satisfaction with the affordability and value they receive from our refurbished products at Loop Mobile They appreciate being able to own an iPhone at a significantly lower price compared to buying a brand new one. 

What is also often mentioned is that their refurbished iPhones perform just as well as new devices. They find them to be reliable, with no noticeable difference in terms of speed, functionality, and overall performance. Not only that, but they often report receiving refurbished devices in excellent condition fro Loop. 

Good reviews and testimonies always point towards the seller being a reputable one, for they will follow strict refurbishment processes, use genuine Apple parts, and offer warranties to provide additional assurance of the device's quality and performance, as Loop Mobile does.  

By keeping an eye out for great reviews, you will be able to spot a reputable seller who has the quality refurbished products and the customer service you would expect. These are some of the testimonies our customers have left for us at Loop Mobile:  

“Great company to buy refurbished phones. 

Super fast delivery and phone better condition than expected. I had some teething problems but were quickly and efficiently sorted out by loop mobile’s brilliant customer service. Special thanks to Isobelle 

I would have no hesitation in buying from or recommending this company for refurbished phones. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” – C.Cat 

“I was skeptical at first, but I 100% recommend! 

Amazing company. I bought an iPhone Xs 64gb Gold Fair condition straight from their website. It came looking mint, aside from this one scratch on the screen although it was barely even noticeable. Just great, 100% recommended” – Shiloh 

“10/10 for me! 

I got a refurbished Apple Watch Series 5 (Very Good) and it's perfect. I'm so happy I went with Loop and not others I was looking at. The condition of the watch is as new, the battery runs out within the day but I charge it at night while I sleep anyway. Delivery was within 2-3 days and the box contained all accessories. 10/10 experience for me!” – MV 

“First Time Buyer | Iphone 13 mini 

This was my first time buying a refurbished phone and after reading several reviews (and buying from another site and returning) I was extremely happy with my purchase from Loop Mobile. I bought an Iphone 13 mini in 'very good condition' - it arrived quickly, had 100% battery and not a scratch on it! Very pleased and would certainly use them again.” - L Turner 

“iPhone 12 Pro - much better than expected 

Got an iPhone 12 Pro in Good condition and honestly there’s not a single scratch I can see on the screen it’s perfect. Battery health 87% which is fab and well over the minimum 80% stated. Super impressed. Delivery was quick, literally no issues at all :)” – Amy.W 

“I saw the advertisement and was… 

I saw the advertisement and was attracted by the price, the condition and the warranty behind the product. It arrived very promptly and is in absolutely excellent condition, indeed it looks new. I am delighted. 

Thoroughly recommended.” – Nigel. T 

“Great all round! 

Easy to navigate website, iPhone was described as pristine and was indeed immaculate. Fair price - especially for its condition compared to other sellers, and delivered in good time in good packaging. 

Would definitely recommend” – Stuart.P 

Ultimately, the environmental and personal value of refurbished iPhones go hand in hand. Choosing a refurbished iPhone from Loop Mobile is not only financially advantageous, but it also contributes to environmental sustainability. By extending the life cycle of these devices through our 70 point diagnostic checklist, electronic waste is reduced, and the associated environmental impact is minimised, promoting a much more sustainable planet through Loop Mobile. 

By making a responsible choice and selecting a refurbished iPhone from Loop Mobile, you not only save money but also become an integral part of a movement towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious society. Loop Mobile's commitment to the circular approach and the principles of reduce, reuse, and refurbish ensures that your choice aligns with a greener and more eco-friendly approach to technology consumption. Join Loop Mobile in creating a positive impact on the environment while enjoying the benefits of a high-quality and affordable refurbished iPhone.