AT&T Clearing Inventory? 16GB iPhone 3G Refurbs Online for $149.99

I will be honest here and say I've never been a fan of any refurbished products and AT&T is not making refurbished iPhone 3G's any more enticing. It seems that AT&T has once again gotten some stock of refurbished 16GB iPhone 3G's and are dumping them for the price of $149.99.

So you're saving 150 bucks from the price of a new iPhone 3G, but is getting locked into a two year contract worth it at this point as all signs point to a new iPhone coming in the next few months? How about a measly 90 day or more warranty depending on the life of that particular phone? And finally, how about the chance your refurbished phone comes with a few dings and scratches?

Refurbished Phones and Devices Refurbished phones are previously owned devices that have been unused or lightly used and returned during the 30-day trial period. Each refurbished phone is independently quality tested and loaded with the latest software to meet current factory standards. Some refurbished iPhone 3G devices will have minor scratches. Refurbished iPhone 3G devices carry a warranty of 90 days or more. For details about the warranty on your refurbished iPhone 3G go to

We say pass on this deal and either go in for a new device or hold out until this summer for the rumored new iPhone. If you simply do not care about the above concerns, this deal is for you.

*If you do make this purchase and want to check the status of the warranty go to Apple's site and input your serial number here.

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AT&T Clearing Inventory? 16GB iPhone 3G Refurbs Online for $149.99


Well there are wide reports of people who lost/stolen or damaged their phone not being able to buy a replacement at any price, as well as the more common complaints of having to pay full retail.
I wonder if these phones would be sold to that market (people who have an existing line of service but can't get their phone replaced?
Just doing the math, if a new 16g phone not-eligible-for-upgrade price is 499, and the subsided price is 299, ATT must be paying around 248 for these refurbs.
The fact that there is yet another flood of refurbs says to me the failure rate for iphones is MUCH higher than Apple or ATT has admitted. (Personal experience: 4 lines of service: 3 failed phones: within 7 months).

I purchased a refurbished 8GB for $99 which arrived in perfect condition. Placing the iPhone within a similar price-point of lesser ("normal") phones opens up the market to a different type of consumer who might not consider a $300 device.

Clearing inventory or not, this is a pretty nice deal. I kind of doubt the next iPhone is going to be so radial a difference over the 3G iPhone that people that bought these refurbs will feel cheated.

Maybe I am overlooking this here somewhere but the article states a 90 day warranty and the apple link will tell you that
Apple stands behind all refurb products with an original one year warranty. BUT.. These phones are not refurbished. That would mean that apple has once'ed over them and given them a new serial number. ATT really just makes sure they work, have all the correct software and hardware and ships. When you get one in the mystery white box it may have been sold
Last august. So when you buy the 2 year apple warrant your warranty is set from the date some joe bought it. You could lose up to several months and there is no way to control the date of the phone you're shipped. So beware when deciding. I have a great refurb 3G but there are some crossed wires and loose terms.

To clarify the 90 day warranty. You’re guaranteed at least 90 days and possibly more, but this varies by the amount of time left from the original purchase. That is, whatever time the first buyer had left. If this is under 90 days, AT&T and Apple will bump it up to 90 days. If this is more than 90 days, you inherit all remaining service days. You can check the remaining time by entering a serial number at Apple’s site.

iPhone seems to b a stable phone to me I use mine heavy and have used it heavy for almost 2 years and no problems with it probly one of the most durable phones I've ever had

there is no reason at this point to buy one. You've waited this long, wait the extra 2 or 3 months and get the new one. You will thank yourself later for being patient. These iPhones have tended to have a one year cycle so if you like having the latest thing then you need to get them during the summers to get your full year's worth. Jim Cramer would give this a "Dont Buy!" :)


iPhone seems to b a stable phone to me I use mine heavy and have used it heavy for almost 2 years and no problems with it probly one of the most durable phones I’ve ever had

Well the 3G, which has only been out not yet a year is a whole different story.

This is a great deal. I bought an iPhone 3G two months ago for $99, and I haven't had any problems with it, only the common gripes every iPhone user has and is patiently waiting for iPhone OS 3.0. Before this one, I had an LG CU500 Refurb and it lasted for 2 1/2 years and still works great, just really wanted an iphone (and at $99, it felt like I was borderline stealing it!). I'll probably unlock it and keep it for a rainy day. I've had 2 great experiences with Refurb phones. I could of been one of the lucky ones, but I'm also one of the most satisfied. If u have to have the latest one, then u should wait. For me, as a college student, even $199 was uneasy for me, so I know I won't be getting the next iPhone for some time. This deal was perfect for me. Either new I'd refurb, it's all good.

like what are the selling prices ? i presume no contract correct ? where are u located ? i did like to get one
Diana Says:
April 23rd, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Hi everyone,
We just ordered Apple iPhones 16gb and 8gb all 3G Unlocked from Apple inc California and we are selling them at a give away price cos we have them in large quantity here in the store.
EMAIL US AT: TEL: +447045772527, +447035923432
Cheers. Diana.

Was finally eligible for an upgrade and decided to take advantage of the Refurb deal, as I've been jonesing for one since the 3Gs came out last year (darn 2 year contracts!). Purchased a 16 GB Refurb iPhone 2 days ago. Excitedly, I received the package today only to find (to my dismay) that there was no iPhone in the box. I spent mucho dinero to find a pair of earphones in an orange box.
So, I've spent my evening @ the AT&T store where they decided to cancel my order and have me start all over again. Square One. Then, I had to spend more of my valuable time sending a Claim Report for stolen goods to UPS. Definitely not how I imagined my "iPhone Day" to be. :-(