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Virgin Mobile is now providing the refurbished iPhone 7 (32GB) for $299.99, together with six months of limitless service for $1 per thirty days (while you switch your cell quantity from one other service). Similarly, you may rating a refurbished iPhone 7 Plus (32GB) for $349.99, plus $6 for six months.
As common readers know, I am, as a result of that is normally the one option to save any cash on them. And Apple does such job, er, refurbing, the gear is actually nearly as good as new.
Virgin’s “Pre-Loved” iPhones get basically the identical therapy: Apple-grade testing and inspection, a brand new battery and charger, new EarPods and a one-year guarantee.
What’s extra, Apple correct would not at the moment have any clearance iPhone 7 fashions accessible. You may purchase a refurb elsewhere, however you would be unlikely to get the brand new battery or a full guarantee.
So, for all intents and functions, this can be a new iPhone 7 for $300 or iPhone 7 Plus for $350. Not all colours can be found, although, and for now you are restricted to the 32GB SKUs. If you need 128GB or 256GB, you are out of luck.
The service query
The actual “catch,” in fact, is that it’s a must to hitch your service wagon to Virgin Mobile for not less than six months. Thankfully, at $1 per thirty days (plus any relevant taxes or charges), that is hardly a hardship.
Or is it? Virgin is a Sprint MVNO, and I will simply charitably say not everyone seems to be a fan of Sprint’s service. It actually relies on the place you reside, work or journey. In my home, I can barely get a sign. Of course, I’ve Wi-Fi, so I barely want a sign.
After six months, you will be converted to Virgin’s $50 limitless plan — nonetheless deal, particularly contemplating a few of the Inner Circle perks that go together with it. And there is not any contract, so you may cancel in order for you. Ah, however are you able to get the iPhone unlocked at that time and take it elsewhere? From what I can inform, and there is some conflicting info on-line, telephones activated as a part of the Inner Circle plan can be unlocked at any time — however do not quote me on that. (I’ve reached out to Virgin and can replace the publish if or once I get clarification.)
Despite this handful of caveats, I feel that is a tremendous deal. It’s ludicrous to pay $700 or extra for an iPhone 8 or $1,000 or extra for an iPhone X. But $300 for final 12 months’s (okay, 2016’s) flagship mannequin? That’s extra prefer it.
Bonus deal: If you are questioning whether or not 32GB of storage might be sufficient, otherwise you’re simply working low in your current system, contemplate a wi-fi flash drive.
Like this one: For a restricted time, you may get the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick (128GB) in bulk packaging for just $30 shipped while you apply promo code FSHIPOUT at checkout. Price for the equivalent, retail-packaged model: $70!
The Connect seems to be like a reasonably typical USB flash drive, and it’s that — but it surely’s additionally a wi-fi drive that may hook up with as much as three cell units concurrently. Use it to feed music or motion pictures to a storage-strapped cellphone, or to dump further pictures, movies and the like.