Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Best Buy Selling Refurbished iPhones

Consumers wanting to get a deal on an iPhone will soon be able to head down to their local Best Buy and get a $50 discount off the original price. That is of course if you don't mind buying a refurbished phone.

Best Buy announced on Tuesday it will be taking a page from AT&T's playbook and begun selling refurbished iPhones. The prcing is in-line with current prices on the AT&T with the 8GB model priced at $149, instead of the current price of $199 for a new one. A refurbished 16GB model is going for $249 instead of $299 for the new model.

“The refreshed iPhone is a great example of the depth of our offering, and clear evidence of why Best Buy is the best place to purchase a mobile phone,” said Scott Moore, vice president of marketing for Best Buy Mobile. “Where else can you get everything you need to make sure your phone can be utilized to its fullest.”

According to their press release Best Buy will also offer cutomers:
  • Complimentary Walk Out Working -- including multimedia and smart phone set up and personalization – such as e-mail and data transfer -- ensuring that the phone is ready for use when the store is left.
  • One year Best Buy warranty on the phone – in addition to getting a full one year standard warranty as part of their refreshed iPhone 3G purchase. If customers want additional coverage, they have the option of purchasing a two year Geek Squad Black Tie Protection service plan.
Like new iPhones, the refurbished models require a two-year contract with AT&T. The refurbished iPhones are reportedly available now at 350 Best Buy stores and by the end of January will be available at all U.S. Best Buy stores that offer AT&T.

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