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Apple starts selling refurbished iPhones

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People on the lookout for cheap iPhones won’t have to look any further than Apple’s own online store now. The tech giant has officially begun selling refurbished versions of its handsets at up to a 15% or $110 discount.

Apple had previously vended refurbished iPhones years ago. It’s now kickstarted the process again, promising that the renovated smartphones will have a new battery, outer shell, and box. It’s also bundling a full year-long factory warranty with the phones, just like its regular units.

The dedicated Apple page for the restored iPhones only has the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus as of now. The former is available in a base 16GB variant at $449, effectively an $80 price drop. The latter can be snapped up at $529 (16GB) or $589 (64GB).

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The refurbished iPhones are notably being sold unlocked and SIM-free. All color variants namely Rose Gold, Gold, Space Gray, and Silver are up for grabs. Buying a redone smartphone is always a risk, though in this case the units have been tested and certified by Apple itself so that should ideally go a long way in terms of quality.

Other than the iPhone, Apple has various products in its refurbished store including MacBooks, iPads, Apple TVs, and even iPods. 9to5Mac suggests that the arrival of handsets could have been brought about via Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program which got rolled out a year ago and may have seen dividends when the iPhone 7 came out.

You can check out Apple’s refurbished iPhone store here.