Best Buy punts resurrected Jesus Phones
Answers AT&T, Wal-Mart
Following in the footsteps of AT&T, US electronics retailer Best Buy is now selling resurrected Jesus Phones at a discount.
Beginning today, 350 Best Buy Mobile stores are offering returned and refurbished iPhones for $50 less than brand new models. That's $149 for the 8GB model and $249 for its 16GB sister. Best Buy will only resell phones returned within 30 days of initial purchase, and it claims each will be refurbed to "like-new operating condition."
By the end of January, the company says, its resurrected Jesus Phone offer will expand to all Best Buy stores selling wireless service from AT&T.
"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," reads a canned statement from 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."
Though Best Buy denies it, this move is likely a response to mega-retailer/community killer Wal-Mart, which began offering (slightly-)discounted iPhones late last month. Wal-Mart is selling brand new Jesus Phones at a $2 discount. That's $197 for the 8GB model and $297 for the 16GB model.
Despite the endless rumors, Wal-Mart is not selling the phone at a two-digit price point. But AT&T is. The US wireless carrier - Apple's exclusive partner in the US - announced a $99 refurbished 8GB iPhone on December 29.
In order to purchase any of these cut-rate iPhones from Best Buy, Wal-Mart, or AT&T, you must sell your cellular soul to AT&T for two years. Naturally. ®
@Kerberos - it's worse than that ...
"To simplify things" ... they have a fixed repair cost for the iPhones, and it's more expensive for the 16Gb than the 8Gb. In fact it's ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS extra if the headphone jack breaks on your 16Gb iPhone rather than your 8Gb one.
If you own an iPhone and it requires service for any other hardware failure, Apple will service your iPhone for the Out-of-Warranty Repair Service fee listed below. Your replacement iPhone may be new or refurbished.
iPhone 3G Out-of-Warranty Service
(the "any other hardware failure" is anything other than replacement battery)
We just got them prepaid here in Australia on the Optus network.
Sticking with my Nokia 6220.
$100 dollar difference from 8gb to 16gb? I just bought a 16gb memory stick for just over 20 quid, so how on earth do they justify this?