Not everyone needs the latest phone with all the bells and whistles. Several-year-old phones still do the trick just nicely for most of the population. That’s why it’s worth popping into Coles this week and checking out some of the cheap iPhones available as part of the latest catalogue.
Starting today, you can grab an iPhone 8 for just $199, an iPhone XR for $299, or an iPhone SE (2nd Generation) for $259 from your local supermarket. For the overwhelming majority of people, these phones are more than adequate, and they’re at a great price to boot.
One thing that’s important to know is that these aren’t brand-new devices: they’re refurbished as part of an arrangement with Australian MVNO Boost Mobile. According to the company’s website, refurbished refers to “a gently used, authentic device that has undergone intensive testing and inspection to ensure it is in great working condition.” You may notice some minor cosmetic blemishes, but they work fine all the same. We’ve got some tips on buying refurbished phones so you know what to expect.
Refurbs are a good way to get cheap iPhones
Boost Mobile is big on the circular economy, which is keeping technology in use for as long as possible and avoiding products unnecessarily going to waste. Last year, the company launched a trade-in app to make it even easier to recycle unused phones, with a cash bonus sweetening the deal. This process involves a stringent quality process, ensuring only devices in good working order get resold.
As for the cheap iPhones available at Coles, you’ve got some reasonable options. First is the 4.7-inch iPhone 8, which is wireless charging compatible, and includes a 12MP rear camera in addition to a 7MP selfie camera.
On the more powerful side, there’s also the iPhone XR, which sports a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display (1792 x 828 resolution). Powered by the A12 Bionic chip, it can take both 4K and Full HD videos, and unlock using Face ID.
Meanwhile, the 2nd gen iPhone SE is something of a sleeper hit. Housed in the body of an iPhone 8, it actually runs on the A13 Bionic chip, making it the fastest of the lot. Its smaller form factor makes it ideal for younger users or those of you with smaller hands. You can browse a direct comparison of the three available phones via Apple’s website.
As part of the current Coles promotion, each phone comes unlocked and includes a Boost Mobile starter SIM. Boost operates using the full Telstra network, so you get decent coverage across the country. If you want more data, you can get a Boost Mobile $30 SIM for only $10, which comes with 45GB of mobile data.
As far as cheap iPhones go, this is a pretty good deal on some refurb tech. If you haven’t upgraded in a while, or want something affordable for your child’s first smartphone, this is an option well worth considering.