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[Refurb] Apple iPhone 7 32GB Unlocked $169 @ Coles

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While looking online for a cheap iPhone for my wife’s Grandma that supports the QR code I came across this deal from Coles.

It’s not a genuine apple refurb but it has 12 months warranty and supports iOS 14 now and is on the list for iOS 15.

A really decent upgrade from her old iPhone 5.

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    • +40 votes

      I think grandma doesn't care

    • +34 votes

      32gb is plenty, grandmas take photos with their iPads.

      • +10 votes

        At weddings while standing in the way of your $3000/day wedding photographer.

        Bugger off grandma!!

        • -1 vote

          Only $3k/ day? Sounds like a cheap wedding photographer.

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            @drfuzzy: My photographer was $800. It was 15 years ago, but it was cheap then and I was happy.

  • +5 votes

    It’s for your kids, not for you.

    • +12 votes

      Refurb iPhone 8 might be the better buy here.
      64GB for $264.00 (Amazon)

      Has potential to be passed down and supported by Apple for longer.

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        Like this one? https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07SZ5GW1S

        That says renewed though.

        Edit: add the increased Cashback from ShopBack too.

        • +1 vote

          are those ref referral links?

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            @nerd1: Sorry if it is. I just copied the link from the Amazon app. I can’t edit the post now

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            @nerd1: That looks like a bog-standard Amazon URL, with no referral tags.

        • +2 votes

          …….."There will be no visible cosmetic imperfections when held at an arm’s length."…………… ummmmm….

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        Nah, for a hundred dollars more, I'd rather put that towards a newer phone when the 7 finally gets kicked.
        The 6S and original SE are supported in iOS15, so the 7 will last a while.

  • +1 vote

    What is the battery health like on these?

    • +4 votes

      Battery life on a 7 is terrible even from new.

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        I don’t agree. I think battery life is generally good on all iPhones as long as the battery health is >90%. Obviously, smaller phones like this or the Mini will have smaller batteries and therefore less capacity.

        • +2 votes

          The one I used for a few weeks had really terrible battery life compared to other phones I've used. If you look at the endurance rating on GSM arena you can see there's a 20hr difference between the 7 and the 8.

      • +4 votes

        You are correct, not sure why you are being downvoted.

        • -8 votes

          Yeah around 10 hours of continuous gameplay from a phone five generations old is just terrible /s

          • +2 votes

            @GrueHunter: Nope, more like 2-3 hours of gameplay on an iPhone 7. Standby battery is OK, but that's about it.

            • +1 vote

              @stephendt: I get a full day out of my ancient 7.

          • +2 votes

            @GrueHunter: Bruh even iPhone 12 Pro won’t last that long

          • -3 votes

            @GrueHunter: Downvote away you (Mod: Edited), or maybe you could go check out this rabid Apple fanboi site and read their test results, because they've got a vested interest in making iPhones look good:

            Our gaming test involves setting the brightness on each device to 200 nits. We then run our custom battery test, which simulates gameplay continuously until the battery is empty. These are the results we found:

            Apple iPhone 7: ~10 hours, 15 minutes
            Apple iPhone 7 Plus: ~12 hours, 40 minutes
            Huawei Mate 9: ~5 hours, 15 minutes
            LG G5: ~4 hours
            Google Pixel XL: ~4 hours, 45 minutes

            Gaming seems to give the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus the most impressive battery boost over its competition. Apple’s devices achieved double — or more — battery life than the Android devices across the board. Despite the much smaller batteries, Apple optimized the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to perform for hours on end, and they easily topped the market back in the day.

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          because this is ozbargain aka buy expensive and pretend…

      • +2 votes

        I can vouch for this. Had my iPhone 7 battery replaced by a new one in an apple store and battery life keeps being awful.

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    Do they have any others, iPhone 8 or 8 Plus? Unable to search.

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    Still have IOS update?

    • +2 votes

      even 6s can update to the newest ios now.

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      Yes. Even this years version (iOS 15, still in beta) does and will support 6s onwards.

      • +2 votes

        will support 6s onwards

        Wow, that's news to me. Thought it was getting dropped. Maybe I'll stick with my 6s for another year.

        So the 6s will have had at least 7 years of support for it by the time iOS 16 is released, that's insane.

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      Only question is can older phone handle latest ios without performance issues.

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        Yes, I have an iPhone 5 and the latest iOS works fine and it's quick.

  • +1 vote

    OOS??

    • +2 votes

      Seems not available in SA (and maybe other states?) so link doesn't work, but if you change your store to one that has it the link does work.

  • +1 vote

    This is a first, Coles selling refurbished phones

    • +1 vote

      Sarcasm?

    • +1 vote

      These phones most likely come from Telstra that lease them in bulk to various corporation. Pretty good idea, financial wise and environmental. Everyone win-win.

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    Not a bad deal if you absolutely need iOS. If you can use Android, the Xiaomi Poco M3 is about the same price brand new and packs a lot more bang for buck.

    • +1 vote

      Just be aware that MMS doesn't work if you are on the Optus network. I don't believe that anyone has been able to solve this issue yet

      • +1 vote

        Good point, I forget about that. The Redmi 9T is basically the same phone and doesn't have that issue as far as I'm aware and is roughly the same price

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      Good for anyone who loves the 7 Eleven fuel app.

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    I know someone who's wanted to get an ipad for ages for e.g. Garage band or whatever music apps, they are actually using Android fine otherwise. Can they get away with doing it on a phone?

    • +2 votes

      Not really. The screen is a lot smaller obviously. iPad apps are optimised for the larger screens. Running GarageBand on a phone isn’t a great experience.

  • -1 vote

    "A really decent upgrade from her old iPhone 5."
    Does her grandma care?

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      Given she makes phone calls and text messages this is perfect. She only upgraded for the QR code’s forget covid safe.

      • +2 votes

        I phone 5 wouldn't have had VOLTE and would be restricted to 3g network for calls. SE was the first to get volte.

        If it was just for qr code scanning I'd she installed a generic qr code scanner and the nsw health app the health app started working , as I have experienced.

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    More than likely the phone was reconditioned by this mob (this is where Boost get their refurb phones from also).

    https://shop.greengadgets.net.au/collections/apple

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      It says in the link that is refurbished by Alegre

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        Who in turn supply greengadgets.

        • +1 vote

          Alegre trade as Green Gadgets, I remember seeing a big write up on them. As a company who refurbishes phones etc they look to be pretty good, the Phone 8 I bought for my Dad from them was definitely in 'as new' condition as they claimed.

          Alegre Pty Ltd ACN 159 022 296 trading as Green Gadgets - Second Hand Dealer Licence 2PS11940

      • +1 vote

        Yep, Alegre - they trade as Green Gadgets

        Alegre Pty Ltd ACN 159 022 296 trading as Green Gadgets - Second Hand Dealer Licence 2PS11940

        https://shop.greengadgets.net.au/pages/terms-conditions

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    not bad considering its still being supported and will get the next os update.

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    Did anyone try the boost ones? My mum's in the same boat as the OP but I don't want to gain another problem if the batteries are dodge.

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      My son has a boost one is happy with it, works well

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    Is this the cheapest iphone that will work with the 7-Eleven fuel app hack? Or does anyone know where to get a cheaper iphone?

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      Why not buy cheap android then
      Prob get one for $50

      • +1 vote

        Because rooting it sounds a lot harder than the apple method and I'm not overly tech savvy, but then again I haven't used an apple for nearly 10 years lol.

      • -1 vote

        What kid doesn’t have an iPad now and is dependent on FaceTime and iMessage?

        Android phone has no value to these kids.

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          What does that have to do with me? And for the record there are plenty of apps on Android that do the same thing, even without limiting you to one eco system.

          All I want an Apple for is to get some cheap fuel.

    • +1 vote

      My iPhone 6s works with it, a quick google looked like they are cheaper if that’s all you need it for

    • +1 vote

      My iPhone 6 works so if you can get that for dirt prices that might be cheaper.

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    Pretty good price includes warranty. Ebay, Facebook market place gum tree are all more and in worse condition.

    Ip rating
    Nfc
    Ois camera

    Good price and not a massive handset.

    Just get a batty put in our power case

  • +1 vote

    After almost 7 years my iPhone 6 died yesterday; I was hoping to hold out for the iPhone 13/12S in September but reports sound like it will still be missing some key features I'm after (under-screen touch ID, Lidar, no notch). This iPhone 7 deal couldn't have come at a better time for me, will hopefully last ~15 months until the 2022 iPhone is released. The 12-month warranty is a great deal too, makes it a safer purchase than having to buy off Facebook marketplace.

  • +1 vote

    Can you go to the store and buy it over the counter or is it only available online?

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      Showed as in stock at my local store. Went to the counter they said all gone. Checked online and it would still let me place an order for the same store to pickup. Don't think the saving is worth the hassle via their online ordering system after previous poor experiences with them.

      • +1 vote

        I tried in store pick up - no stock.
        Ordered online for delivery - just got a notification that there is no stock.
        Would love to hear of anyone actually got one and how they got it.

  • +1 vote

    Got iPhone 8 64 gb Coles/Boost in February for $350
    Great little phone. 30 day exchange 12 months warranty. Cable, sim 1 month boost and 100% refurbished.
    Backtraded from iPhone 11. Great phone but too big.
    I wanted to try smaller phone before lashing out on 12 mini. Lost nothing in functionality except slightly inferior camera.
    In true OZbargain style I’ve onsold my iphone 11 and now can’t give up the refurbished 8

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    Do any stores actually have stock?
    Has anyone been able to get one or just get out of stock notification after placing order?

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    Removed?

  • +1 vote

    This is a long way from a Genuine Apple refurb
    In fact according to the description NOTHING at all is refurbished.

    According to their description:
    "72 Point Inspection & in-depth testing
    12 month warranty with 30 day guarantee"

    And is it 30 days or 12 months warranty/guarantee ???

    They dont say if battery has been changed or any other such important details
    Similar sellers on Kogan with identical description

    Our findings where that they were in line with the same description and nothing more
    i.e. "72 Point Inspection & in-depth testing

    We purchased a supposedly refurbished iPhone 8 from Kogan for $309 and it came with 90% battery health but a the main camera was very obviously faulty. (Black camera screen).
    So much for the 72 point inspection!

    It took them over 4 weeks to replace the phone and after many emails too.
    The replacement worked fine but only had 80% battery health
    We complained but they refused to change the battery or pay for a replacement saying it worked properly.
    So as far as I can tell these supposedly refurbished iphones have been nothing more than cleaned up and factory reset.

    Lesson learnt - Unless its an iphone refurbished by Apple then its not refurnished at all

    • +2 votes

      Apple don't sell refurbished phones unless…………..

      You already own the phone model and give to Apple as part of the out of warranty replacement process, you can't give Apple your broken iPhone 6 and walk away with a refurbished iPhone 8 or another model of your choosing because that's not the way it works.

      With Alegre (Green Gadgets) you have a 30 day satisfaction guarantee, surely within 30 days you can evaluate whether the phone condition is anything other than what it was advertised as when you purchased it?

      If you decide to keep the phone you can still fall back on the included warranty if you have an issue after that.

      Refurbished phones aren't for everyone but they do fill a niche in the market, my Dad is more than happy with his 'as new' iPhone 8, I can assure you that other than the aftermarket 'new' accessories that came with it I could not distinguish it from a brand new phone.

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    Did anyone actually get the phone? about to purchase but saw the above comments for not in stock.

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    I would steer clear based on the one I just picked up. It dropped a percent of battery LITERALLY in less than a minute, about every 40 seconds it dropped a percent, just from having the screen and WiFi on. Time to see how good their 30 day returns is I guess.