Way back in 2007 when iPhones were first introduced I wrote 5 Money-Saving Reasons to Buy an iPhone. As a Mac Addict, I wanted to buy the iPhone when it first came out, and this article was my attempt to justify the big price tag. In the end, though, I decided to wait, and gave the following explanation:
At the risk of spoiling all this fun, let me add one last way to save money with the iPhone–WAIT! The price of the iPhone surely will go down, and I bet eventually you’ll be able to buy refurbished iPhones just like you can buy refurbished Macs, monitors and iPods.
That advice is as applicable today as it was then. As some stand in line for days to get at the iPhone 4, both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available as refurbished models from AT&T at substantial savings. In fact, you can get a refurbished iPhone 3G for as little as $49 and a refurbished iPhone 3GS for as little as $99. And if you can wait for it, the refurbished iPhone 4 will eventually be available. Here are the current deals on iPhones from AT&T:
- 8GB Apple iPhone 3GS for $49.00* at AT&T. *2 year agreement and restrictions apply.
- 8GB Apple iPhone 3GS Refurb for $9* at AT&T. *2 year agreement and restrictions apply.
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There is one big difference today as compared to 2007. Back in 2007, I bought refurbished products directly from Apple. The problem was that availability was hit or miss. With AT&T wireless online, however, I found that the refurb iPhone is consistently available at an extremely low price.