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Apple Certified Refurbished iPhones now available

Apple is now offering refurbished iPhones on the online Apple Store. Found under the “Special Deals” section, the 4GB and 8GB models are available for $399 and $499 respectively, representing a savings of $100, or up to 21 percent, off the original price. All Apple Certified Refurbished iPhones include a full one-year warranty, and are also eligible for the AppleCare Protection Plan for iPhone.

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So, does that mean you can buy the phone without signing up for the 2-yr contract?

Posted by doompod on August 20, 2007 at 12:06 PM (CDT)


doompod, the 2-year contract has never been a requirement for buying an iPhone. Instead, the 2-year contract is required to activate and use the iPhone. iPhones were always available to purchase from the online Apple Store.

Posted by Muero on August 20, 2007 at 12:33 PM (CDT)


i always buy the refurbished ipods i would go for the iphone also ~

Posted by chris on August 20, 2007 at 7:30 PM (CDT)


Muero, that’s true, I forgot that. Well,if I do decide to get one, now that they’re like $400 less, I could always just do that hack that allows you to do the prepaid option.

Posted by doompod on August 20, 2007 at 9:04 PM (CDT)


Srry, i meant to say $100 less.

Posted by doompod on August 20, 2007 at 9:08 PM (CDT)


Let’s see, the iPhone has been available for about two months and there have already been enough defective ones returned so that Apple can now market refurbished phones.  Sounds like quality control issues to me.

Posted by jess on August 21, 2007 at 3:29 PM (CDT)


For Jess: An iPhone (or any other electronic device, for that matter) which was opened, then returned, cannot be sold as new. Remember that Apple & ATT sold 270K iPhones by the “end of the quarter,” which included only Friday evening and Saturday. They’ve probably sold 500K-1M by now. If only 1% were returned, that would be 5K-10K iPhones that could be sold as “refurbished,” once they were checked out.

Posted by gslusher on August 22, 2007 at 12:59 PM (CDT)


OR, as some other forums have speculated, this move to “refurbished” is to either A) Test a new lower price point or B) Moving unsold NEW iPhones either because sales are not meeting internal projections or because they are already reducing stock to make way for a newer model before Christmas.

No matter how you look at it, it is interesting. And I wouldn’t say any of the ways are necessarily good from Apple’s point of view. Either they have too many unsold units, or too many defective units.

Posted by Greg on August 23, 2007 at 3:14 PM (CDT)

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