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Apple today has added refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models to its online store for the first time in the United States.

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iPhone 7 models are available in all three storage capacities, including 32GB for $499, 128GB for $589, and 256GB for $679, reflecting savings of 10 percent off Apple's current prices for brand new models. All five colors are currently in stock, including Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold.

iPhone 7 Plus models with 32GB or 128GB of storage are available for $599 and $689 respectively, which is also 10 percent off. There are no 256GB models in stock. Available colors include Black, Gold, and Rose Gold.

Apple says all refurbished iPhone models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a new white box and all manuals and accessories. Apple also installs a new battery and replaces the outer shell, making it nearly impossible to distinguish between a refurbished and brand new iPhone.

Any refurbished iPhone model comes with Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the device is delivered. The warranty can be extended to up to two years from the original purchase date with AppleCare+, at a cost of $129 for the iPhone 7 and $149 for the iPhone 7 Plus in the United States.

All in all, customers can save somewhere between $50 and $80 on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this way. Those looking for an even better deal, and who are okay with a little wear and tear, may wish to consider Virgin Mobile's pre-loved iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, which start at $299 and $349 respectively.

Article Link: Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Models in United States, Starting at $499
 

BMcCoy

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“Refurbs” are literally as good as new, when it comes to Apple.

Don’t make the mistake of interpreting the term as ‘second-hand’ or somehow ‘used’.

It’s as good as new, but technically has to be called a refurb; so Apple reduce the price, but preserve the quality and warranty.
 
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belvdr

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Refurbished is just another word for secondhand, 10% off is way too low
Albeit with a new shell and battery. Who cares if the internals are second-hand? Apple inspects it and warranties it just like a new phone.

Many, many moons ago, I worked in an equipment disposition center. If someone ordered a product, say a printer, and opened the box and sent it back, we could not resell as new, only as refurbished, even though the product was not touched.
 
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serious people buy refurbish phones or other tech not wise decision

What? Apple provides the exact same warranty and guarantees for refurb products as they do new. My refurbs have lasted as long as the new products did.

Some refurb processes are not good but Apple has been top notch with theirs.
 
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scrapesleon

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First of all the phone is not new are we forgetting what refurbish means second of all anything cheap is definitely not good or up to standards
 
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thadoggfather

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This long of a wait for 7 to hit refurb store for not much off... not great

They probably waited forever cause they want people on 8/X
 
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Hal~9000

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Awesome news, I was hoping Apple would begin selling refurbished 7's soon since they are as good as brand new devices but with additional $$$ savings.

Was getting worried they wouldn't at all since it had been over a year (approximately 15 months) since Apple started selling refurbished 6s models in November of 2016.

I'll stick with my 6s for now since it still works great but at least this gives me hope for refurbished iPhone 8 models a year or so from now :D
 
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First of all the phone is not new are we forgetting what refurbish means second of all anything cheap is definitely not good or up to standards

From their website:
Guaranteed Apple quality.
Before we put an Apple Certified Refurbished product up for sale, it undergoes a rigorous refurbishment process to make sure it’s up to Apple’s high standards. We back it with our standard one-year limited warranty. And you have the option of purchasing AppleCare to extend your coverage further.
 
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Given the usual two-year upgrade cycle, I'm shocked by the lack of any standard 6s's in the refurbished store???
 
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Apple also installs a new battery...

Apple let scores of 6/6s phone owners believe those batteries were still viable, even though those models debuted in 2014/2015. Yet, Apple replaces the battery in a phone that is—at most—a little over one year old, but more likely just months old. Why bother if the existing battery is expected to perform to Apple's standards beyond the warranty period?
 
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BruiserB

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Given the usual two-year upgrade cycle, I'm shocked by the lack of any standard 6s's in the refurbished store???

Not sure what you're getting at??? Apple doesn't take used phones traded in on a new phone and refurbish them. Those are actually disposed of through a third party. They only refurbish customer returns.
 
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tipoo

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Apple's refurbs are just as good, if not better, than new. You just don't get a fancy box.

I think you even do get a fancy box? The regular retail box is inside the brown refurb box.

But anyways, yeah, Apple refurbs are usually the deal to get, if anything there's probably even less chance of anything being wrong since it was inspected individually unlike all of millions of phones fresh off a production line.

500 for an iPhone 7 is a great deal, OIS over the SE, and plenty fast enough for the future (provided iOS12 cleans up the stuttering...).


First of all the phone is not new are we forgetting what refurbish means second of all anything cheap is definitely not good or up to standards

These aren't like misprints sold as off-brand lol. It's literally what you would buy new, that someone bought and returned within the return window, someone at Apple througly inspected and repackaged.

Apple refurbs are 99% of the time just as good as new, if not with even less risk of failure.
 
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Jaro65

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I would disagree with the 'anything cheap is definitely not good' comment. Why does the price of an item immediately gets associated with the quality of an item? Where is the connection? I have bought cheap quality electronic goods that have lasted longer than some of the more expensive electronics that I have purchased. Perhaps it's a consumer mentality which has been created by large corporations. Also, when you go to an expensive restaurant and they serve you food which is nice but does not fill you up due to the small portion sizes, where is the satisfaction in that? Compared to when you buy a bucket meal from KFC and it will feed you for the whole day. Yeah sure there is a difference in quality, but the cheaper food product still satisfied your every need in terms of taste, quality, and the fact that it filled you up.

You said, "...bought cheap quality electronic goods," though I believe you meant, "...bought cheap, quality electronic goods?"
 
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GoodWheaties

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Awesome news, I was hoping Apple would begin selling refurbished 7's soon since they are as good as brand new devices but with additional $$$ savings.

Was getting worried they wouldn't at all since it had been over a year (approximately 15 months) since Apple started selling refurbished 6s models in November of 2016.

I'll stick with my 6s for now since it still works great but at least this gives me hope for refurbished iPhone 8 models a year or so from now :D
I know, for awhile I’ve been wondering if they had decided selling refurbished phones was a mistake. It’s nice to have a cheaper option if we don’t care about the retail box.
 
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