Apple has added a number of different iPhone 6s models to its online refurbished store, marking the first time since 2008 that Apple has directly offered refurbished iPhones to customers.
The Cupertino firm is currently offering refurbished iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets in a wide selection of colors and storage capacities. Prices start at $449 for a 16GB iPhone 6s, and $529 for a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus. A 64GB Plus model goes for $589. All refurbished devices are unlocked and SIM-free, and can be used on any U.S. carrier.
Since 2008, when Apple last sold refurbished iPhone models in their online refurbished store, Apple has refrained from selling refurbished models of the device, likely because the popular product is its main source of revenue and the company felt lower-priced refurbished models might undercut new hardware sales. Customers who were looking for a deal on an iPhone were forced to look elsewhere, waiting for third-party retailers to offer deals on new or refurbished devices.
Just like all of Apple’s refurbished devices, including iPads, MacBooks, and more, all refurbed iPhones have been tested, cleaned, certified, and feature a new battery and outer shell. They also carry a one-year warranty. The refurb models may possibly be coming from Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program which launched a little over a year ago.