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Rise of the pre-loved phone market


Many South Africans would be only too happy to own a quality, used iPhone.  But, typically, getting your hands on one can be risky and inconvenient, and still expensive.
Now smart device repairer iFix has launched i2, an easy way to own a properly reconditioned pre-owned iPhone that comes with a one-year warranty because it has done its time in the iFix device clinic.
iFix was started by Alex Fourie, a 29-year old serial entrepreneur,  who last year was nominated by Forbes magazine as one of the Top 30 young entrepreneurs in Africa, and also featured  on the Mail & Guardian’s Top 40 under-40 young South Africans list.
In 2010, the first walk-in stores were opened in Cape Town, and today iFix has nearly 200 employees, and has done a half million repairs on Samsung, Huawei and Apple devices.  There are 27 iFix stores nationwide.
The i2 solution gives consumers cost-effective, more environmentally-friendly ways of owning the iPhone that they aspire to.
“At iFix we have certainly noticed the demand from clients who are looking to purchase quality, pre-loved devices from a reputable retailer, ” says Fourie. “We’re so pleased to make that possible through i2. It’s a first for South Africa, and being the largest phone service centre in South Africa, it makes good sense on multiple levels to offer the i2 solution to meet the aspirations of our clients.”