So, I’m thinking I might make the switch from my el-cheapo Android ($150 moto G) to an iphone. I still don’t want to spend a lot on a phone though. I don’t really care much about bells/whistles and the camera, etc… But I do like IOS and I am a long-time (meaning forever) user of Apple’s desktops and laptops.
My carrier offers a new SE for $400, which seems to be the going rate, but I’d like to go cheaper if I can (see price of my current android). Apple has refurb 11s, but they are more than that.
are there other, trusted sources for older refurbished iphones that would work? Or do I just have to suck it up?
Apple has refurb SEs, but they’re just not stocked at this time. You might wait, but you’re not going to do better than -15%, i.e. $365 for the cheapest current SE. I will say that Apple is absolutely excellent about refurbs.
Not that I’d necessarily recommend going this route, but Amazon also has refurbs. Amazon is usually quite good about returns so this might be something you could try out without risk of getting burned.
I’m on a really inexpensive carrier now… consumer cellular. I suspect that switching to a carrier that offered me a free phone would end up being more expensive in long run. But it’s worth looking into.