Paying Through the Nose for Your New iPhone? You Really Don’t Have To!

It can’t have escaped your notice exactly how amazing modern iPhones are these days, with HDR cameras, 3-Core graphics cards and batteries that last for hours and hours. Anyone who owns one will tell you that pretty much the only thing they’re not overjoyed about is the amount of cash they had to part with to get it.

At Fonestore, we are specialists in pre-owned iPhones which offers a much cheaper way to get your hands on the latest devices without having to tie yourself into an expensive monthly contract. We also offer pre-owned iPods, pre-owned iPads and pre-owned Apple watches, which is why we like to call ourselves the pre-owned gadgets marketplace.

All the Benefits of Buying New

Ask the average person about how they would feel about buying a pre-owned iPhone and they’re likely to say that they wouldn’t, as they’re somehow getting a substandard service or product. This perception couldn’t be further from the truth, as when you buy a pre-owned device from Fonestore, you get everything you would if you were buying a new one.

First of all, you get a fully-tested device that’s covered by a 1-year warranty, meaning that if any faults develop, you’re covered. Secondly, you get a 2-week cooling-off period, as we want you to be entirely sure that you’re happy with your pre-owned iPhone. If for any reason at all, you just can’t get on with your new device, you can return it to us with 14 days for a full refund. No quibbles, no stress, no bother.

Huge Savings

The main benefit of buying a pre-owned iPhone from Fonestore is the significant savings you’ll make when compared to buying one brand new. Depending on the model of pre-owned iPhone you go for, you could literally save hundreds and hundreds of pounds. Take a look through our full catalogue of pre-owned Apple iPhones on our website and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

We’re completely transparent about the condition of the pre-owned devices we sell too, as we operate a condition system that ranges from ‘Good’ to ‘Pristine’, so if there is any cosmetic damage to the device, you’ll know all about it before you make any kind of commitment.

Fancy Taking a Look?

So, if you like the idea of getting yourself a pre-owned iPhone that offers all the same functions and enjoyment as a new one, but at a fraction of the price, head over to our website, where you’ll find everything you need to know, as well as our full list of amazingly-priced devices.

If you need any more information about what’s involved in buying pre-owned that’s not on our site, you can give us a call on 020 3538 8950 now and a member of our expert team will be able to give you the low-down. Before you commit hundreds of pounds on a new iPhone, come and see what we’ve got to offer. What you find might just blow your mind!

13 Ways iCloud Can Make Your Life Easier

iCloud- you have heard of it, right? Are you using it on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? It seems like most people know what iCloud is but they either don’t use it or don’t use it to its full potential. This essential guide aims to let you know 13  best iCloud ways that can make your life easier.

Whether you use an Apple iPhone, iPad, or Mac, there will be an opportunity for you to use iCloud to share information among iOS devices. The iCloud service is almost free, operates wirelessly, and runs in the background, with no special action required by the user. So, if you don’t know much about it or simply you want to know more, make sure you read on!

  • Take Your iOS Device Backup via iCloud Restore

iOS Backup and Restore iCloud enables you to back up your any iOS device online rather than the traditional way of backing up to your Mac or PC. A great plus point of this is that backups can be restored to your iOS device without you having to connect your device to your PC.

  • Create Photo Albums Together

Did you know with the help of iCloud you can create a photo album that authorizes multiple users to contribute to it? To do so, all you need to do is to turn on “iCloud Photo Sharing” under settings App on your Apple device.

  • Use “My Photo Stream” to Manage Photos

My Photo Stream is another feature of iCloud that gives access to iOS users to save the most recent 1000 photo on their Apple devices that enable “My Photo Stream”. It keeps your photos stored on the iCloud server for 30 days. To enable this feature on iPhone or iPad, go to Settings App > Photos & Camera > My Photo Stream.

  • Store Unlimited Photos and Videos on iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Library stores your unlimited photos and videos in the iCloud storage and allows you to share photos and videos from your Apple devices. To set up iCloud photo storage, Open Settings App > iCloud (sign in with your Apple ID) > Photos > iCloud Photo Library.

  • Track Your Misplaced iPhone

The significant iCloud feature on an iPhone which makes your life easier is “Find My iPhone”. By enabling this, you can remotely locate your iPhone so if your iPhone is lost or stolen. To turn on the “Find My iPhone” on your iPhone, simply launch the Setting app > iCloud > Find My iPhone.

  • Track Your iTunes Library with iTunes Match

iTunes Match is a paid feature of iCloud, which enables you to scan and match tracks from your iTunes library to tracks in the iTunes store so that they don’t need to be re-purchased on all of your devices. In simple, if there is a track that is in your iTunes library but is not available on iTunes for purchase, by using iTunes Match, you can upload that track to the iCloud server to allow it to be downloaded to other iOS devices.

  • Share Your All Content With Family Members

On the iOS 8 or later devices, you can find the “Family Sharing” feature that lets you share purchased content including books, music, TV shows, and app, along with iCloud Photos, calendars, and locations among a group of 6 family members. To enable this option, head to Settings, tap your Apple Account and then go for “Set Up Family Sharing”. Next, tap on the Get Started and then Continue to set up family sharing.

  • Store and Share Your Photos via iCloud Drive

Yes, you can upload your photos, videos, and files to the iCloud drive and sync them around iOS devices. To set up an iCloud Drive on your iPhone/iPad, launch Settings App > iCloud > iCloud Drive.

  • Keep Your Passwords Saved Through iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain helps you store your browser’s account details (ID & passwords), credit card information, and Wi-Fi network connection information and syncs them with all of your approved iOS devices. To Enable iCloud Keychain, just navigate to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > KeyChain. It will ask your iCloud passcode to proceed further.

  • Access Your Data Through iCloud Web Page

By switching On iCloud Sync you can make it possible. iCloud Sync allows you to sync all common data including photos, notes, contacts, calendars, email, and reminders that you can access by simply opening the browser and signing in to on any device. To set up iCloud Sync, go to Settings > iCloud > Sign In and then choose anything that you want to sync.

  • Back To My Mac

This is another brilliant iCloud feature that allows you to access files from a Mac setup with your Apple ID to any other Mac set up with your Apple ID. For instance, if you have an iMac and a MacBook Pro then you will be able to connect to the files on one from the other not only from a local area network but also anywhere around the world. Additionally, there is also a screen sharing facility that will make you able to remotely connect to the Mac in the same way that Remote Desktop on Windows would let you do this locally, only with the “Back to My Mac” feature you can, again, do this from across the world.

  • Use iCloud Like Dropbox on Your Mac

Yes, it is possible; you can make your iCloud like Dropbox on your Mac for storing any sort of files you want. To do so, all you need to do is to turn on Documents & Data in iCloud System Preferences. Then, launch the Finder Window and then press Command+ Shift+ G. You will see a dialogue box; just type ~/Library there and it will let you access into your hidden library folder that looks like Dropbox.

  • Share Documents Using Apple’s iWork Apps

This option allows you to automatically share your documents including word processing, spreadsheets, or presentations between iOS devices. Not all iWork apps are designed to share data but most apps will have some interaction with iCloud. Such as, iBooks will remember the page you were reading on your device and automatically go to that page when the book is opened on another device.

New Apple iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr and Apple Watch. Everything Apple announced during its ‘Gather round’

For tech lovers, the most anticipated event of the year has just happened. Yes, we are talking about Apple’s launch event. The event took place at Steve Jobs Theatre located in Apple’s HQ in California. During the event, Apple announced three new iPhones.

– iPhone XS

– iPhone XS Max

– iPhone XR

This trio of iPhones are almost lookalikes of iPhone X, the model which Apple announced last year. Apple Watch Series 4 was also announced during the Apple event day.

Read on as we recap everything Apple announced.

iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max

Apple’s executive Phil Schiller announced two new iPhones: the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.

Both of these models are said to have improvements and upgrades. They now have better water resistance feature. Plus the glass design has also been updated.

iPhone XR

Before the main event, many speculations and rumours were wandering around that Apple would release one cheaper iPhone with colour variations. Guess what? Apple announced its iPhone XR and made the rumours, true.

iPhone XR is a colourful and affordable iPhone model amongst the two. It will come in 6 different colours: white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and red.

Design & Display

All the three new iPhones have almost the same design as the current iPhone X. You will get bezel less screen with a notch at the top. Unlike few of the Android phones, the notch on the iPhones serves an important thing.

The notch on the iPhone hides different sensors including an IR camera, a flood illuminator, front speaker, microphone and more.

iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch screen with 1792 x 828 resolution. It has an LCD display. Apple calls it the best LCD display ever made. This iPhone model lacks 3D Touch. The single lens camera on the rear lets you click portrait images. It has an A12 Bionic chip and Face ID support. The iPhone XR has wireless charging support as well. It will be available from 19th October 2018.

The iPhone XS Max is believed to be Apple’s largest display iPhone yet, with a 6.5-inch screen. The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch screen. Both the iPhones share a Super Retina OLED display having durable glass feature.

For water resistance standards, the iPhone XR has IP 67 rating and other two have IP 68. Face ID supports all the three new iPhones.

Last but not the least, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max support dual-SIM technology. Shipping for both the iPhones will start from September 21.

Internal Specs and Storage

Apple also introduced it’s first-ever A12 Bionic chip having a 6-core processor, a quad-core GPU and an updated octa-core neural engine. A12 Bionic chip processor is said to be 15% faster than A11 Bionic chip processor. During the event, Apple didn’t mention the RAM capacity for its new iPhones. But the rumours suggest that iPhone XR will have 3GB RAM while the other two will have 4GB of RAM in them.

iPhone XR will come in three storage variants: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. The expensive iPhone XS and XS Max will be available in 64, 256 and 512 GB options. All the three iPhones come with iOS 12.


The camera is one of the best features in iPhone. The two new iPhones, XS and XS Max have dual camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle f/1.8 sensor paired with a 12MP Telephoto f/2.4 lens. The cameras have the Optical Image Stabilization. You also get stereo sound recording feature for videos. One more important feature of the cameras is that you can adjust Depth of Field of the images manually after clicking them.

The iPhone XR has a 12 Megapixel single lens camera, with f/1.8 aperture and Focus Pixels. It will come with a True Tone flash feature.

Battery and Price

As far as the battery capacity is concerned, Apple didn’t shed light on this aspect. However, the company’s officials said that the XS battery will last 30 minutes more than the current iPhone X while the XS Max lasts 1.5 hours more.

Apple compared the new XR iPhone with its 8 Plus model and said that iPhone XR lasts 1.5 hours more.

And for the Price, here is what we will pay for these new iPhones.

iPhone XR:£749

iPhone XS:£999

iPhone XS Max: £1,049

Apple has reduced the prices for its iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

Here is a brief summary of the specs of these new iPhones:

Apple iPhone XR Specifications

  • CPU: 7nm Hexa-Core
  • Processor: A12 Bionic chip
  • Design: True Tone display

Face ID

IP67 dust/water resistant

  • 3 GB RAM
  • Storage Capacity: 64/128/256 GB
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Network support: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM support
  • Display: 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD with 828 x 1792 resolution
  • Camera: Primary: 12 MP, f/1.8, OIS, Quad LED Flash, [email protected], Stereo sound recording, HDR

Secondary: 7 MP, f/2.2

  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Charging: Qi Wireless charging
  • Colours: Blue, Black, Yellow, Coral, Red

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max Specifications

  • CPU: 7nm Hexa-Core
  • Processor: A12 Bionic chip
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Network support: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM support
  • Design:

Surgical Steel frame

True Tone display

IP68 dust/water resistant

Face ID

  • Display:

iPhone Xs: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED with 1125 x 2436 resolution

iPhone Xs Max: 6.5-inch Super AMOLED with 1242 x 2688 resolution

  • 4GB RAM
  • Storage Capacity: 64/256/512 GB
  • Camera:

Primary: Dual 12 MP f/1.8 and 12 MP f/2.4, OIS, Quad LED Flash, [email protected], Stereo sound recording, 2x optical zoom, HDR

  • Secondary: 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Charging: Qi Wireless charging
  • Colours: Silver, Space Gray, Gold

Apple Watch Series 4

Apple has also unveiled another version of its Watch series. It is the fourth generation of Apple Watch. It has a bigger screen and thinner body. “Everything about it has been redesigned and re-engineered,” Apple said.

The new Apple Watch offers edge-to-edge display. It boasts larger screens and cases. It has a 64-bit dual-core S4 processor. This processor is two times faster than the S3 processor. It boasts a strong battery life.

Apple has taken one step further in healthcare and offers a feature in its Watch Series 4 that will allow the user to take real-time ECG. It’s a pretty helpful feature, especially for heart patients.

President of The American Heart Association, Dr, Ivor Benjamin made a brief appearance at the Apple’s grand event and said “”In my experience, people often report symptoms that are absent during their medical visits.”

“The ability to access health data from an on-demand electrocardiogram or ECG is game-changing, especially when evaluating atrial fibrillation — an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase a person’s risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.”

The watch has also another helpful feature called ‘Fall Detection’.

Apple Watch: Why You Need To Get One

With the Apple Watch 3 hitting the market recently, interest in the Smartwatch sector is at an all time high. We have a look into the Apple Watch range, and see why having one of these devices can supplement your everyday life.

At its most basic, a Watch is designed to simply display the time to the wearer. The Apple Watch complies with this trend, with the screen flicking into life with a twist of the wrist. But as this is a Smartwatch it’s understandable to expect more, which is where the Apple Watch really comes into its own.

You can customise the face of the watch, to include features such as an Alarm, Weather, Pedometer, upcoming Calendar events and even the latest stocks, available at just a glance. You can have it notify you of the latest scores of your favourite team, contact Siri, or stream your music from your watch.

Many people use a Smartwatch as a personal health fitness tool. A lot of the marketing around the Apple Watch is focused on health and fitness, so Apple clearly see this as one of the main applications of the device. With built in Heart rate monitors, GPS, step counting and even amount of stairs climbed, the Apple Watch keeps you informed of your activity throughout the day. There’s also a dedicated “Workout” app that will also track Runs, Bike Rides and Swims, even giving you detailed maps of your routes taken.

For all users of the Apple Watch, one of the main benefits is that notifications appear directly on the watch. Get a message during an important meeting or class that you can’t check? Now you don’t need to pull your phone out to check it, just glance at your wrist. For notifications ranging from Facebook and Twitter messages, to turn-by-turn driving directions, the Apple Watch can really aid your everyday life.

The new Apple Watch 3 + Cellular even has basic phone and messaging features, allowing you to quickly reply to or answer incoming messages and calls, which is incredibly convenient if you leave your phone in a bag or charging elsewhere.

If any of these features are intriguing to you, then it is definitely worth giving the Apple Watch a go. Once you get one, you’ll wonder how you ever went without it.

Take a look at our selection of Apple Watches in stock, here.