I’m a tech pro and have tried every iPhone – how you could be wasting money

WANT a new iPhone? Make no mistake and end up wasting tons of money.

It’s an expensive device, so it’s important to make sure you’re doing everything right when buying an Apple phone.

You might want to buy the hot new model - but do you have to?


You might want to buy the hot new model – but do you have to?Credit: apple

As a tech journalist, I’ve been testing iPhones for years – here are my top tips.

Buy refurbished

It’s tempting to buy your iPhone new at an Apple Store or other retailer.

But you might want to consider a refurbished phone instead.

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You may not conjure up images of battery-powered cell phones that have been broken, abused and left dingy.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Apple has its own Certified Refurbished program, which comes in like-new condition.

And it’s entirely possible that the iPhone was never used – it might just have been returned.

“You will receive a refurbished device that has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected with genuine Apple parts (if needed),” Apple says.

“Refurbished iOS devices come with a new battery and outer shell.

“Each device comes with all accessories, cables and operating systems.

“All Apple certified refurbished products are packaged in a brand new white box and shipped to you with free shipping and returns.”

Your purchase comes with a one-year warranty, and you can also buy AppleCare for it.

There is a selection of refurbished iPhones available in the Apple Store online.

Don’t always buy the latest cell phone

It’s easy to get swayed by Apple’s glitzy marketing—but you don’t always need the latest iPhone.

In fact, you probably don’t even need to upgrade every two or three years these days.

Even models as old as the iPhone 6S – which came out in 2015 – can upgrade to Apple’s latest iOS 15.5.

And the iPhone 8 and newer can get this year’s iOS 16 update when it arrives in September.

With the right care and attention, you can easily keep your iPhone for four years.

Also, we live in an age of rampant e-waste, so it’s better for everyone if you can make better use of your devices.

And it will save you money too.

Likewise, you don’t always have to buy the latest model when upgrading.

Often the differences between each year are small, so you could potentially make huge savings by opting for last year’s model instead.

Don’t waste your iPhone on battery life

iPhones are powered by lithium-ion batteries that degrade over time.

So if your phone lasts 12 hours per charge when you bought it, it might only last nine hours after two years of use.

This is perfectly normal, but it can cause problems if you hold an iPhone for a while.

You can even check the battery health and capacity under Settings > Battery > Battery Health.

If your capacity is low, it might be tempting to upgrade.

But you can also pick up a brand new battery swap from Apple for £79/$79.

This will restore 100% battery capacity to your iPhone and may even improve overall performance.

Contracts can save you money

It’s a common myth that the cheapest way to buy a phone is always to pick up the phone right away.

That can sometimes be true, but it’s also very easy to find spectacular contract deals that will save you money.

The best strategy is always to find out how much a contract costs compared to the price of a phone.

First take the price of the phone and then choose the SIM card you want.

Add up the SIM costs over 24 months and add them to the price of the phone.

You may find that it’s more expensive than a phone plan with the same (or even more) data.

The Sun Tech team regularly shares deals where contracts are cheaper than buying the handset. So keep an eye on our tech offers page.

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