Even Target is only gearing up to offer free $150 gift cards with activations of 2018 iPhones on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint for Black Friday, but you can actually save some cash right now by buying the 8 or 8 Plus unlocked… and certified refurbished.
The two thick-bezeled, fingerprint-scanning devices are the latest additions to Apple’s official refurbished program in the US, starting at $499. That’s not exactly an earth-shattering discount for 64GB iPhone 8 variants available in gold, silver, and space gray color options, but it’s certainly better than nothing.
Specifically, it’s $100, or 16 percent, off list price, and refurbs sold directly by Apple online include the same 1-year warranty as unused, untouched “iGadgets.” Technically, these are of course pre-owned units, but at first glance, it’s going to be virtually impossible to notice that.
You get a brand new battery, a new outer shell, and even a new white box, not to mention Apple’s solemn promise of 100 percent proper functionality. The refurbished iPhone 8 Plus is similarly sold at a $100 discount, fetching $599 instead of $699 with 64GB storage space and an assortment of available paint jobs.
Unfortunately, no 256GB configurations are up for grabs with any sort of a markdown… yet. Keep in mind supply is limited (sometimes, very limited for freshly added items), and yes, there’s a good chance official iPhone X refurbs are now coming soon as well.