So you’ve finally made the decision to give your child their first mobile phone. And surprise, surprise, an iPhone is on the top of their list. But let’s be realistic, buying your child the latest greatest iPhone is probably not in the family budget. Even on contract, new iPhones will set you back anywhere between $400-$790, with the remaining amount paid over the term of the 2-year contract. Money aside, kids are notorious for mishandling things, so the thought of spending that amount of money for a soon to be cracked or lost phone is enough to make any parent cringe. So if buying new doesn’t appeal to you, the other option is to buy used. But where can you find refurbished devices that are legitimate and trustworthy? The answer is Orchard.
Orchard is the easiest and safest way to buy and sell used iPhones (expansion to other high end smartphones in the works). I know many (myself included) are skeptical about buying used devices, as it’s always buyer beware on sites like Kijiji or Craigslist. You have no idea if the phone is in working order or whether it’s a stolen device. And let’s not even talk about a warranty.
The team at Orchard has created a user friendly way to buy and sell used iPhones. They get that people are wary to buy from classifieds like Kijiji, they know people don’t want to get scammed, they understand that customers are top priority. That’s why Orchard does it all, from assessing the phone’s condition to brokering shipping and payment. They even developed the free Orchard app that in under 3 minutes, assesses your phone’s condition and provides a dollar value as to what your phone is worth. Orchard makes the entire process of buying and selling iPhones seamless and simple.
Why buy Orchard phones?
Priced up to 60% below sticker price
Chances are, this is the first big ticket item your child has in their possession, and though it’s a great way to teach our kids about responsibility, you don’t have to break the bank to do it.
Orchard iPhones can be used with your existing plan or on a new plan. Since you own your Orchard phone, you can save anywhere between $15-30 per month on the price of your plan (depending on plan and carrier).
At time of writing, starting prices for Orchard phones are:
- iPhone 5C $240
- iPhone 5S $395
- iPhone 6 $545
30-point quality inspection
If there’s a problem with the phone, your kid will find it, and find it fast.
Orchard puts every phone they sell through two rounds of quality testing performed by their in-house technicians. The testing process mimics the real world to ensure that phones live up to expectations months and years down the line. The 30-point inspection includes internal components like battery quality and capacity.
We like to think our kids will handle their prized possession with care, but let’s be real. Warranties are a parent’s best friend.
All Orchard phones are protected with a 30-day warranty from the date you receive the phone. Should there be any problems within the warranty period, Orchard will replace the phone or provide a full refund.
Orchard Care is an optional ($50) extended warranty that provides a 1-year warranty from date of purchase. This includes repair or replacement coverage, parts, labour and shipping that is not caused by misuse or mistreatment.
Battery replacement guarantee
Considering the amount of time kids spend on their phones, you’ll quickly know whether the iPhone battery can keep up to the demand.
If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your Orchard iPhone battery, they will replace it free of charge within one year of purchase.
Lifetime blacklist guarantee
Orchard is a trusted source to buy refurbished iPhones. To date, none of Orchard’s phones have been reported lost or stolen. Orchard phones have a lifetime blacklist guarantee, which means that should your Orchard iPhone get blacklisted at anytime, Orchard will replace it.
Expert customer service
These guys know their iPhones. They’re the next best thing to Apple Geniuses.
No contracts or hassles on activation
Orchard phones are ready to use. Simply place your SIM card in your device and you’re ready to go. There are no long-term contracts associated with any Orchard phone.
Free shipping in Canada
Orchard trusts Canada Post with your iPhone shipment and will ship to anywhere in Canada. Regular shipping is free, with express shipping available for an additional fee.
Bring your own device
Our family recently switched over to a Share Everything Plan. My number crunching husband analyzed the possible scenarios – get a new subsidized phone or BYOD. We decided to go with the BYOD option, and in doing so, saved about $20 per month with our carrier.
Useful links for parents
Whether it’s a first device or an upgrade, Orchard is a fantastic way to get kids the device they want for less. Now that’s what I call a win-win.
Ready to shop? Start your Orchard experience at getorchard.com.
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About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.