Late last year Coles started stocking refurbished Apple iPhones from Aussie telco Boost Mobile - selling the iPhone 7 for well under $300.
The devices sold out in hours due to high demand, and now after a couple of months sourcing additional devices, Coles and Boost Mobile will tomorrow launch refurbished iPhone 8 devices for just $359.
These refurbished phones are pre-owned, likely returned at the end of a contract period through a telco or phone lease provider.
They are then put through a 72-point inspection to check they are in full working order and aren't broken or scratched.
Data on the devices is wiped, and they're restored to factory software and they also are cross checked against a national police lost and stolen database.
Full specifications of the phone can be seen below.
Perhaps most appealing, over a privately purchased second hand iPhone, the Boost Mobile Apple iPhone 8's being sold at Coles all come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and a 12 month warranty.
Coles General Manager of Non-Food Jonathan Torr told 9News the response to its earlier campaign was unprecedented.
"We were delighted to see the response from our customers when we first offered refurbished smartphones through Boost Mobile in late 2020," Mr Torr said.
"There is clearly very strong demand for well-priced, high quality refurbished smartphones and we are happy to roll this out to be a truly national opportunity for our customers after our initial trial, as we continue to deliver value for our customers in a more sustainable way.
"We know that the refurbished iPhones sell out very quickly so customers' need to get in early to avoid disappointment, there are no rainchecks."
In the last offering, Victoria and Queensland Coles Supermarkets missed out on the deal, mainly due to border restrictions.
Boost Mobile's founder Peter Adderton was keen to continue his company's value offering through the partnership with Coles, citing the success of the previous refurbished iPhone deal.
"It was phenomenal, and we can now step it up with a newer iPhone model that will go across the country and is perfect timing for kids going back to school," Mr Adderton said.
"We want all Australians to stay connected without the unnecessary high costs and we are happy to once again deliver a versatile, quality and incredibly well-priced offering through the refurbished iPhone 8 as Australians seek cost effective options more than ever before."
The refurbished iPhone 8 models go on sale tomorrow (January 27) at Coles Supermarkets nationally.
Boost Mobile - Apple iPhone 8 refurbished specifications (64GB)
Good - Light signs of wear. May have some visible scratches on the screen and/or some scuffing. 100% fully functional.
· iOS 11 upgradable to iOS 14
· 12MP rear camera, Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, Video 2160p at 24/30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60/120fps
· 7MP selfie camera, face detection, HDR, panorama, Video 1080p at 30fps
· Nano-SIM type
· Stereo speakers
· Smart features: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Siri, wireless charging
· Weight & size: 148g, 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
Charging cable and wall charger
Boost Mobile $10 Prepaid SIM (7 day expiry)
· 3GB data
· Unlimited Calls & Text within Aus
· Data Free music streaming with Apple Music
If not completely satisfied, customers may return their device within 30 days and a refund or exchange will be offered.
72 Point check
All refurbished phones supplied by Boost undergo an industry leading 72 point check to ensure that the phone performs at a high standard. This check includes:
AC USB Plug Test. - Activation. - - Apple a Number - Branding. - Charging. - Computer USB Plug. - Customer personal locked. - FMI Locked / Google / Samsung locked. - IMEI. - Power - Buttons – MenuButtons – Back. - Buttons – Home. - Buttons – Power. - Buttons – Volume Down. - Buttons – Volume Up. - Silent button. - Silent button flexibility. - Fingerprint IDGB. - Make and Model. - Unit Country of Origin. - SD Card Insert. - SD Card Test. - SD Remove Test. - SIM Reader - Vibration. - 4G. - Accelerometer. - Air Gesture. - Backlight Battery Life – 80% of original capacity - BluetoothButtons – CameraCall FunctionCamera – Front ColourCamera – Front PatternCamera – Back BlackCamera – Back Colour - Camera Back - Camera Front - Black Display. - Earpiece. - Flash. - Headset Plug Test - Headset Record Test. - Headset Stereo Test. - Headset Unplug Test. - Internet Browser. - LCD Hover Paint Test. - LCD Paint Test. - Liquid Damage Indicator. - Samsung Knox Check. - Microphone Playback Test. - Microphone Record Test. - Network - Near Field Communication. - Proximity Sensor. - Root Check. - Sleep Test. - Software Fault. - Software Level (Version). - Speakerphone. - Touch Screen. - USB Wiggle. - Video Camera (inc voice recorder) Back. - Video Camera (inc voice recorder) Front. - Voice Memo. - Wi-Fi. - Cosmetic Inspection. - Refurbished Unit. - Reset
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coles-supermarkets-launches-359-refurbished-iphone-8-sale/21630f46-62c7-4624-bc29-0b065f8694e3