Best refurbished iPhone XR deals 2019

Refurbished iPhone XR

Bringing together both style and performance, the XR is an iPhone to cherish. It has high-end specs, easy to use software and an excellent camera - all the while managing to keep the price down.

As the iPhone XR is a relatively recent release, you won’t notice a huge price difference between a new and a refurbished mobile contract. But with every new Apple release, you will see savings on refurbished XR contracts.

Best refurbished iPhone XR deals this week

What is a refurbished iPhone XR?

A refurbished phone is an unwanted handset that has been returned to a mobile supplier or network for whatever reason - possibly due to a fault or the owner simply changed their mind.

If it’s refurbished, it means the phone has been restored to its factory settings and given a thorough maintenance check and repair.

Search our deals table of mobile networks and retailers to find a refurbished iPhone XR deal.

Use the filters to find the right tariff of minutes, texts and data and storage options. You can also vary the balance between your monthly fee and any upfront cost.

Whats the difference between a refurbished iPhone XR and a brand-new model?

Put simply, a refurbished phone would have been restored to its factory settings and given a thorough maintenance check and repair.

Although a refurbished phone might not have quite the same lustre as a brand-new model; but it will have at least been thoroughly tested and should still function as new.

Here's why you should consider going for a refurbished handset:

  • It's cheaper - because a refurbished phone isn’t fresh out of the box, it’ll be cheaper than buying a brand-new model.
  • Warranty - if you buy from an established retailer or one of the major networks, you’ll likely get a warranty. The warranty usually lasts around 12-months, though the time period will vary depending on the manufacturer.
  • Lots of choice over which device, network and allowance.
  • It's eco-friendly - naturally, recycling phones is better for the environment.

Search our deals table of mobile networks and retailers to find a refurbished iPhone XR deal.

Use the filters to find the right tariff of minutes, texts and data and storage options. You can also vary the balance between your monthly fee and any upfront cost.

Is the iPhone XR worth buying?

The iPhone XR keeps all the bits that make iPhones so great, but reins in a few elements to get the price down a bit. Despite that, the iPhone XR is a real gem.

Elegantly designed with an aluminium band and six colours to choose from, its glossy rear enables wireless charging, and if you’re a fan of the big display, at 6.1inches, the XR is pretty much all screen - though slightly lower-res than flagship iPhones.

Apple’s A12 Bionic chip means the XR packs plenty of power for a fast performance and its battery is a noticeable improvement on older models.

If you’re a keen photographer, you will notice a few compromises on the camera (such as an unimpressive portrait mode), but the XR’s camera function is still decent enough and capable of excellent snaps. You can get the XR with either 64GB, 128GB or 256GB of internal storage for your apps, files and pics. The model comes in black, white, blue, yellow, red and coral.

How do I find the best refurbished iPhone XR deals?

The best refurbished iPhone XR deals will depend on your needs and how you use your phone.

You can filter by:

  • Monthly allowance - There's plenty of choice here over what you can get. Tariffs range from a minimal allowance up to unlimited everything. Pick a small one if you don't use your phone much, or lots of data if you like to browse and stream all day - though most of us are satisfied with 2GB-5GB of data.
  • Budget - Think about how much you're willing to spend on your mobile bill each month, and how much you can spend upfront today.
  • Network - Not all phones are available as refurbished handsets but you should still compare mobile networks. Some also have special offers for existing customers.

Once you've selected all the things that are important to you, you can sort the available deals by cost to see the cheapest, by data allowance to see the most generous, or just take a look at our top picks.

How do I find cheap refurbished iPhone XR deals?

Signing up for a refurbished mobile phone contract is generally cheaper than a new handset contract - particularly an iPhone contract.

Each time a new iPhone is released, the older iPhone models tend to come down in price - though you won’t notice a huge difference in refurbished iPhone XR contract prices until a few more iPhone models have been released.

Search our deals table to see what’s on offer from different mobile networks, and consider the following:

  • Work out the number of minutes and texts you will need each month
  • Think about your data use - data-hungry apps and watching movies on the go means you’ll need a decent data allowance
  • Compare refurbished contracts by upfront cost against monthly fee.
  • Budget networks will often offer cheaper refurbished iPhone contracts - provider such as iD Mobile and giffgaff.
  • Pick a deal through a reseller, such as Carphone Warehouse - that is, a company that buys handsets and SIMs in bulk and passes the savings onto you.

More phones like the refurbished iPhone XR

If the iPhone XR isn't for you, check out similar refurbished handsets below:

Conversely, if you're after a brand-new version of the iPhone XR, we list some of the biggest networks and best deals in the UK right here on broadbandchoices.co.uk