If you are looking for the latest iPhone at an affordable price, Apple has good news for you. The company has now started selling the refurbished iPhone 8 for $499, a $100 discount off the starting price.
Apple has been selling refurbished iPhones since 2016, starting with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are available for $380 and $480, respectively. Other refurbished devices currently available on Apple’s online store include several of MacBook versions, iPads, Mac computers, Apple TVs and the iPod touch.
“We test and certify all Apple refurbished products and include a 1-year warranty. All refurbished iPhone models also include a brand new battery, new outer shell and a new white box. Supply is limited and availability is guaranteed once we receive your full payment,” Apple says.
Is a refurbished iPhone 8 worth buying?
The handset is powered by the A11 Bionic chip, which also powers the iPhone X, and thus, it has a great camera. Further, the handset comes with a Touch ID Home button and a glass body for wireless charging. The features you don’t get with the iPhone 8 are the Phone X-style edge-to-edge screen design and the Face ID facial recognition tech.
The refurbished iPhone 8 can be purchased from Apple’s online store. As at the the time of writing this, only the 64GB iPhone 8 in gold, silver and space grey is in stock. The refurbished iPhone 8 is unlocked, so it should work with all four major U.S. carriers.
The refurbished iPhone 8 Plus was also on sale, but it’s currently out of stock. Buyers interested in the bigger variant are advised to keep checking the website for its availability. A new 64GB iPhone 8 Plus currently costs $699. Once the refurbished device is available, it can be expected to be priced around $599.
Refurbished devices include devices returned by users due to defect or after upgrading to new models. These refurbished iPhones are tested and repaired by Apple, so one can be assured of their authenticity and quality.
If you are planning to buy a new iPhone 8, a refurbished iPhone 8 is a very good option because you save $100 and yet get an almost-new iPhone. Further, with the iPhone 8, you are not compromising much compared to newer models like the iPhone XR or XS. Apple released the iPhone 8 just last year with the iPhone X.
However, they may not come with the original packaging. Some refurbished devices may also show some signs of damage. Apple also provides free shipping.