Apple starts sales of refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, at a very gentle discount

Apple starts sales of refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, at a very gentle discount
As if its iPhone product lineup wasn't diverse enough already, with the introduction of the new entrant iPhone X, and keeping the 6s in the mix, Apple recently started selling refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well. These certified pre-owned handsets start at $499 for a basic 7, which is just $50 less than the brand new one, while it has passed all the necessary checks, and comes with a year of warranty.

Apple sells the refurbished 7 Plus with 128 GB storage for $689, or $70 lower than the $769 for a new unit. All refurbished units come unlocked, but we'll leave it to you to decide whether saving $50-$70 is worth it, certified or not. Here's the breakdown of Apple's refurbished units pricing, versus its own tags on the brand new units of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. 

Bear in mind that Apple doesn't offer a refurbished iPhone 7 Plus with 256 GB of storage at the time of this writing, or new 7 and 7 Plus with the highest storage amounts any more, that is why there are no cell table entries for those. Any takers?


source: Apple

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iPhone 7
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 7 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2900 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Oh... Gee, should I get a refurbished phone for $500 or a brand new one for $550? That's a toughie, man! G'Day!

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Should just get a Oneplus 5t instead.

19. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't get it any other product it would be half price.

2. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

refurbished with 1-year-old battery. be ready for throttled cpu.

8. midan

Posts: 3115; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

It has new battery

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

BS. The battery could be a 90% or 85%. At the end of the day you are not getting an iPhone with a new battery, unless someone else really abused the other battery.

10. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

All refurbished iphones, ipads, and macbooks come with new batteries and new casings.

14. midan

Posts: 3115; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

All refurbished iPhones comes with new battery, feeling quite stupid now?

15. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Can you give us a reliable source said that or is it just your claim?

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is just conjecture by iFans. Most iPhone owners were being turned down for the recently discounted battery replacement even if they had degraded batteries because Apple certified them "healthy" by Apple standards. Refurbished means certified to have passed Apple's "stringent" tests. So likely they have any battery above some arbitrary health decided by Apple. The throttle is controllable for now though (as far as they know). The lag and stutter that Apple bakes right into the software for older phones will still be there for the most part.

18. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Conjecture by iFans? Lol. Direct from Apple's site: "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." If it makes any difference, I have a Nexus 5X and an iPhone 5s.

20. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

A new same old battery which is cheap and will degrade in a year? So you can buy the iPhone 9/11.

21. SanDiegoFreddy

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Battery degradation, which is absolutely normal, and CPU throttling is like dieseldate. The biggest company will get the most attention and blame, but most companies will eventually get exposed for doing the same thing regardless of how much they deny it. Batteries are batteries, and most come from the same companies. Most no-name brand batteries are made by Duracell and Energizer.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1346; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They easily steer you towards buying a new one.

4. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

You can use that $50 saving to get a replacement battery. What a deal!

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Refurbished models already come with new battery...

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

$600... WTH? A new i7+ should be $450 after all these months.

11. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

If they were android phones, maybe.

6. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

No thanks. 6s plus still performing great. No battery issues.

7. libra89

Posts: 2315; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's not great but at least you get that Apple assurance over the random sellers who sell refurbished iPhones. I poked around and also noticed that the 6s appears to be no longer available? I wonder if that is the case because of the availability of the 7.

12. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

..and get official 1yr warranty from Apple as if new. I wonder what they do with all the 6s they get from people upgrading. Apple is still taking them in for trades. Maybe selling them in bulk to 3rd party sellers?

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