Buying an iPhone has never been cheap, but all that is about to change.
Apple has started to sell refurbished iPhones on its official website.
The refurbished phones are handsets that have been previously returned by customers for being faulty or due to some other issue.
However, once refurbished, Apple promises that the devices are almost as good as new and have undergone full testing and even come with a brand new battery and 1 year warranty – which is the same length of warranty as you get when you buy a brand new iPhone.
The option for customers to buy refurbished iPhones at a reduced price is an interesting one and could help Apple to attract a new audience – especially in emerging markets.
The handsets currently being offered are the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which were of course hugely popular in 2015, and which Apple perhaps still has a large inventory of.
Popular Apple site 9to5Mac reports that customers can save in excess of $100 off the retail price if they opt for a refurbished model.
While not a huge saving, this remains pretty much the only legit way of buying a discounted iPhone that is still recognised as an official Apple product and which comes with a warranty.
The refurbished iPhone offer has launched in the United States initially but Apple is tipped to roll the program out globally in the near future.