There are lots of ways to get an iPhone X for much less than its asking price, but none of them come directly from Apple.
Not this new deal, though, as it is technically not a deal, but it does slash a couple hundred bucks off the flagship phone's price, which is a good deal as any.
For the first time ever, Apple is selling refurbished iPhone X units for $769 for 64 GB, and $899 for 256 GB. Stocks probably wouldn't last long, though, so those who have long been waiting for the perfect iPhone X deal online should act fast. Original pricing, to note, is $999 and $1,149, respectively.
Color options include Space Gray and Silver, and all the units are unlocked, as well. Orders are expected to arrive a week after purchasing them online, as noted on Apple's website.
What Does Refurbished Mean?
There are a lot of misconceptions about refurbished products floating out there, chief of them being that they're inferior from regular in-store units. That's not entirely correct. Sure, while refurbished models usually don't come in the same fancy packaging as their normal retail counterparts, they aren't categorically worse.
In fact, Apple says the refurbished iPhone X units in question are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged. They come in a new white box, complete with all the manuals and accessories. Sometimes, refurbished products are missing one accessory or two, so it's good to know that customers are still getting everything here.
As part of its refurbishing process, Apple also installs a fresh new battery and replaces the outer shell. The result is a product that's nearly indistinguishable from a brand-new store-bought iPhone.
All refurbished iPhone models come with Apple's standard one-year warranty, which becomes effective on the date the device is delivered. Customers can also extend the warranty for up to two years if they purchase AppleCare+, which costs $200 extra.
The iPhone X was released in 2017, the first major radical redesign of the iPhone in years. It sported a notch display with minimal bezels. It introduced Face ID, Apple's ultra-secure facial recognition technology that replaced Touch ID. The iPhone X was promptly canceled shortly after the release of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The phone originally retailed for $1,000, which made it the most expensive phone at the time.
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