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[Refurbished] iPhone 8 64GB (+ $10 Boost SIM) $359 @ Coles

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Might be good for parents looking at buying phones for their kids or students going back to school.
Pay even less if you can access discounted Coles-Myer Group gift cards.

The refurbished iPhone 8 will go on sale across Coles supermarkets across the country tomorrow (27/01) for the introductory price of $359 for a limited time before reverting to the regular price of $429.
The iPhone 8 comes in a box with a charging cable and wall charger.
The iPhone 8 would have passed a 72-point inspection to ensure it is not only in great working condition but also in great physical condition as well.
Each phone has been data wiped and cross-checked with against a national police lost and stolen database.
The refurbished iPhone 8 also comes with a 12-month warranty.
Apple’s iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch display with TrueTone, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a front 7-megapixel selfie camera.
The iPhone 8 was also the first Apple device to offer wireless charging so it can be rested on a charging mat to recharge the onboard battery.
Also included is a Boost Mobile $10 prepaid SIM which includes 3GB data and unlimited calls and texts.

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  • +22 votes

    But they don't change the battery, right?

    • That would be my #1 concern too.

    • New battery at Apple store is $79 so factoring that in, still comes in at the suggested price of $429.. so you're better off buying one brand new for $499 https://www.catch.com.au/product/apple-iphone-8-2gb-64gb-bra...

      • Any reason not paying $180 more for the new SE?

      • Why are we automatically assuming you'd need a new battery, properly refurbished means you don't need one, return if you do

        • Nonsense. Refurbished traditionaly means faulty goods that have been repaired. Using it to describe a used product restored close to original condition is pretty much colloquial.

          • @flopsy: The technical definition doesn't always apply. In reality, it means whatever the seller can get away with. Faulty or not.

            Sometimes they give you a new battery along with any "repairs" done.

          • @flopsy: According to this article

            These refurbished phones are pre-owned, likely returned at the end of a contract period through a telco or phone lease provider.

        • Because the iPhone 8 hasn’t been on sale for about a year now, so these refurbished units are at least a year old already. Probably more.

          Add to that the small battery capacity and degradation over that period, and a new battery is something you’ll need fairly soon after buying this.

        • They never claimed the battery was replaced so I wouldn't assume it as such. Sure you could try to return it, but I bet they would have something in their T&Cs that states that certain levels of battery & cosmetic wear are expected, same as how many companies unless if explicitly stated otherwise even put allowances in their T&Cs for dead pixels on brand new monitors.

          I don't think its necessarily even a broken device that's been repaired, I think this is more likely to be used, unmodified trade in device that simply passed their inspections. Then they "refurbished" it even though they didn't modify the handset hardware, by cleaning the device & bundling it with new accessories and a box. Especially when there's no mention of manufacturer refurbished, which typically are higher quality refurbishments.

          That (just cleaning phones and bundling new accessories) is very common business practice, even more so than selling broken but repaired devices as refurbished in my experience. When trade in prices for phones are typically so little to begin with (relative to just selling it on eBay), there is little incentive for large companies to put in the labour repairing broken ones.

          • @brosk1s: Exactly. Maybe the batteries have all been replaced, maybe they're all fine regardless. Point is they never explicitly state the battery has been replaced and are offering no promise of expected battery life. From experience, they'd be perfectly in their rights to respond to complaints about poor battery life with a technical explanation of lithium ion battery degredation and a reminder you've bought a 3 year old used product.

    • Different refurbished companies have different rules, but typically they change the battery when the health is under 85 or 80%.

    • Wouldn't matter - the next update would clobber the battery life anyway.

      https://interestingengineering.com/apple-to-pay-up-to-500-mi...

  • Just saw this from a Yahoo article (lol). Immediately thought it was great, but then noticed they were rather vague in their descriptions?

    Not exactly a groundbreaking price, more in line with past deals but at least it's available in store.

  • Be careful with early model phones.

    iOS updates usually become incompatible after 5-6 years - so with a 4 yr old phone like this be aware you may not be able to download any new apps from the app store.
    This happened with my dad's iphone 6 who uses it as a work phone. He wanted to install netflix but he couldn't as iOS 13 was not supported for his model.

    • +15 votes

      This happened with my dad's iphone 6 who uses it as a work phone. He wanted to install netflix but he couldn't as iOS 13 was not supported for his model.

      This is an annoying thing about old iOS devices that are no longer supported. There is a workaround for your dad though if you want to help him out next time you see him:

      Sign into the app store on a newer iDevice and downloaded the new version of Netflix, then go back to your older iPhone, open the iOS App Store App. In the lower menu under purchased, tap and look for Netflix app in your list of purchased apps.

      Tap the download “cloud icon”.

      If the older versions of Netflix are still on the iOS App Store servers, you should get a pop-up message stating an older compatible version of the app is available for download and would you like to download it?

      Tap OK and the older version of Netflix should download to your iDevice.

      • Good tip, although there's no guarantee the older version of the app will actually work even if you can get it installed, especially when it comes to apps like Netflix that are server based and not standalone.

        • This is true but Netflix has an incentive to keep support for old devices around, if they stopped then people might cancel their sub. I have a very old Sony TV in the kitchen that has the most basic Netflix app built into it and no other apps available (the youtube on it stopped working it's so old) and even though Netflix takes around an entire minute to buffer and start playing it does actually still work on it. Basically a first generation smart TV.

  • The iPhone 8 is just over 3 years old, not 4 years like posters above are claiming. It’ll be getting updates for years to come.

    All this talk about it being old is beside the point. The iPhone 8 is running the most current iOS version, and will get many updates.

    A lot of Android devices aren’t running the most current version on release, and major updates are spotty at best, and even then you’d be lucky to get a single major OS version update.

    • Yep iPhone 8 should get updates til the end of IOS16, so another ~2 years 8 months.

      • Even then I think they’ll keep it updated for longer. They’ve started making devices last longer recently, with the 5S lasting 6 I believe.

    • even then you’d be lucky to get a single major OS version update.

      Wrong, Google is now enforcing at least two updates and timely monthly security updates. Samsung, Google, Sony and more guarantee 3 updates, meaning they are kept up to date for 4 years from release.

      Pixel 5 is the safest option when it comes to updates and security.

      • Personally with how mature Android is and how it works not that fussed about major updates, as long as my phone gets regular security updates than that is fine for me. Samsung are supporting their phones for 4-5 years now.

        It’s also an incorrect assumptions to claim that Android phones would be lucky to get one major update version. All the Android flagship phones I’ve owned since my HTC got at least 2 major versions. However with that being said comparing Apple iOS with Android is never a like for like comparison because Apple have taken a different approach to Android by making OS updates much more important. Google has made it that a lot of the core applications can be updated without requiring an OS updates, browser for example can continued be supporting on older versions on Android where iOS this just becomes abandoned and slowly becomes unusable on older devices that no longer receive OS updates. Take a core app like the actual app stores, Android phones get the latest version on older android versions, where iOS this would require an OS update. This happens for many core apps, Android can continue to see improvements without the need for OS updates. Even features can be implemented in older versions of Android too, like the nearby share was a feature that was available to many older versions of Android. Apple on the other hand offers longer OS support, however this doesn’t mean the iPhone 8 will get all the new features that the newer phones get in the next iOS version. Another mistake we make is that Android often has features that iOS doesn’t have for years, widgets only recently become an option, I remember it took years for swipe typing become an option, multitasking is years behind on iOS and they finally got Picture in Picture a feature I’ve been using for years also. Mind you some features iOS has that Android are catching up on too.

        I personally couldn’t go back to an iPhone and would rather be stuck with a phone that was running Android 9 rather than to use iOS 14. Because it’s missing so many features that I personally use, such as the always on display, the multitasking features, the stylus, the desktop mode, expandable storage and so on. I can understand why people prefer iPhones. For Apple users a 3 year+ old phone like the 8 is good value, especially if you know that you get another 3 years of support on top. The great thing about Apple products is their hardware is top notch, the chips are always a gen or two ahead of the Qualcomm alternatives on Android thus better performance long term, they use faster storage, and iOS is in general optimised very well because Apple only has to support a handful of devices and developers typically do a better job at optimising their apps on iOS.

        • stylus? say no more

        • I fully agree with your sentiment, that is why I looked to Android when I got my first phone in 2018. Prior to that, I hated being locked into the Apple ecosystem using iPads. iOS felt like a walled garden that doesn't give real customisability and the full user experience of what a mobile OS and hardware is capable of.

          Don't know why I was downvoted for simply stating fact, counteracting false information given above. Regular security updates released by Google are very important to receive given how much of a target Android is. I am also aware of Project Mainline, where the core APIs/Google Play framework are components that can be deployed rapidly from Google's end, without the manufacturer delaying things. However that in itself required an update to Android 10, which plenty of recent devices are yet to receive.

          I'd say Android already has a mound of features, even at a stock level, hence the lack of additions recently - the ones that are added are usually simple things that were overlooked such as a screen recorder, and more "power user" tools such as text selection in the multitasking view. I like the design modifications that are carried out anyway, making the UI easier to navigate and interact with.

        • Yeah Android updates are pretty overrated considering that most new functions can be done via aps.
          Moreover things have been pretty much compatible with everything since.. marshmallow, and having a newer Android version has only been important for supporting future tech.

          It's a bit different with Apple though, since adding features is beyond the ability of most aps and need to be done at a system level

        • expandable storage

          Latest Samsung phones don't have this anymore, so that might be lost soon if others follow (Pixel hasn't had it for while)

        • Even if the device itself stops getting security updates as long as it can run the latest version of Chrome it's likely to be good-enough still, it's quite rare for there to be 0day exploits that aren't coming in from the browser.

  • +2 votes

    They should give these free of you sign a 12 month contract.

    • 3 years ago when I got my Optus $59 24 months plan, I got a new iPhone 8 for free and $200 Harvey Norman gift card.

  • Not very good price but ok

  • Catch have them for $335

  • Bought an iPhone 8 refurbished from boost, Chinese texts at the back of the phone 78% battery left.

    • How does it have Chinese text on the back? You mean it’s a Chinese model (model number ending with CH/A)?

      • I don't have the phone with me but searching with the phone's SN gives me this result:
        "Repairs and Service Coverage: Consumer Law Doesn’t Apply
        This product isn’t eligible for consumer law coverage because it was purchased in a different country from the one in which you are seeking service. "

        • So it’s an overseas model. But that doesn’t matter much as they source from different regions.

    • Below 80% battery health is poor, it's somewhat draining steady till ~20% and then in front of you it goes down to 14, 8, 1%. Also it takes ages to charge from 95-97% to 100% - just the usual old phone battery antics.

      I've just had to replace my 3yo iphone battery for $79.

  • Great cheap introduction to apple and boost .

  • 4.7” Screen

    What is this, a phone for ants? 🐜

  • Cheaper from fb marketplace…got one in very good nick for around 150

  • You're better off with something like a new Xioami Poco X3 NFC for this sort of money. I have a relative with the iPhone 8 and it doesn't last a day on battery, and I don't think they replace the tiny 1900mah battery on these.

    • That is super vague. I bought my mum the iphone 7 and she will get at least 2 days out of it because she is not a heavy user. WIthout really getting into what your relative uses, it's a bad call to say the battery life doesn't last. Unless there is some defect with all iPhone 8's I am not aware of? Could also be a defect with your relatives phone.

      Also, the poco doesn't run iOS and Apple hardware which is seen as a big plus for some - before anyone gets bent out of shape. I have been using Android since day one and go between iPhone and Android devices all the time.

      • The iPhone 8 just doesn't have great battery life, no matter how you look at it. If your mum gets 2 days of light use on the iPhone 8 that's great, but she'd get double that with a Xioami Poco X3 NFC.

        As for the iOS vs Android thing, both are fine for most people these days, the Xioami can be easily debloated if that is an issue. I'm not saying the iPhone is a bad phone, it's just not good value, and we are on ozbargain after all.

        • That’s fair enough. She has the 7 not the 8. If you knew my mum you’d laugh at the thought of giving her an Android. It’s bad enough teaching her how to use the iPhone, lol.

  • Battery can be replaced with this high-capacity one: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/293444576621. Replaced my X's battery and get more usage time.

  • For my Kids, I would get a brand nu nu
    A31 Samsung.

    6.4" Infinity-U Display

    128GB storage

    4GB RAM

    48MP (Main) + 8MP (Ultra-Wide) + 5MP (Depth) + 5MP (Macro) rear cameras

    20MP Selfie camera

    5,000 mAh (typical) battery

    15W Fast charging

  • +4 votes

    Gotta love how many comments of “buy this andriod xxx” on Apple deals.

    If the battery has less than 85% health return it, 90% or more is ideal.

  • Well folks, I took the plunge on this to save you all the trouble.
    And this is the rubbish I was served with
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/hn7KisJmgFHbdeoA7