WIND Mobile to Launch iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c Sales via Refurb Units


WIND Mobile lacks the one device that would definitely prop up subscriber numbers: the iPhone. But until WIND can get a decent LTE network up and running, Apple won’t come knocking on their door anytime soon. Reception and stable download speeds are essential for the iPhone experience.

What’s the next best solution to target customers that want the iPhone? Sell refurbished units, right? According to an internal memo obtained by MobileSyrup, the startup wireless entrant will sell “lightly loved” 16GB Space Grey iPhone 5s and White iPhone 5c models, coming on June 25, 2015. Each phone will come with a six month warranty.

The iPhone 5s is available for an outright purchase of $499, while the iPhone 5c is $349. Of course, customers can jump onto WINDtabs and reduce their initial cost but pay the difference within their monthly plan:


WIND appears to have sourced these refurbished units from a third party and it is unclear how many of these they will be able to get a hold of. If this is their unofficial route to sell the iPhone, they could similarly sell the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus–in a couple years?


  • CanucksGoals

    The price is not that bad but the “refurbished” part will definitely scare people away. I did replacement twice at Apple Store and got the “refurbished” units. The experiences were horrible.

  • MrXax

    That’s distressing. I’ve always heard that Apple’s refurbished products were excellent compared to other companies’ refurbs.

  • MrXax

    Alas, until their network is reliable, I’m still not interested.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Great step forward, but why only 16GB models? It’s simply not enough in 2015. 16GB was the base level of the iPhone 3GS in 2009! Apps have only gotten bigger since then.

  • hub2

    They should be, but that assumes the refurb techs have done their job right, and whether it was a return due to technical problems or a return with no reported issues (e.g. use a few days, find it’s not for you, return).

    I got a refurbed Macbook Air and iMac last year and they’re working great so far.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    This is good news. I have iPhone 5 working on wind but few annoying tidbits namely iMessage and FaceTime only work through email not your cell number , secondly since WIND is not currently supported by Apple as a official carrier, sending a MMS is a nightmare on WIND using iPhone.

  • sheldon white

    So y windMobile get the Iphone6 and the Plus