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Coles brings back door-busting cheap iPhone sale

Run, don’t walk! For a limited time, Coles is bringing back its in-store iPhone sale – meaning savvy shoppers can once again get their hands on refurbished iPhones from as little as $199.

The supermarket giant is continuing its partnership with prepaid telco Boost Mobile to offer customers a selection of in-demand iPhone models at cheap-as-chips prices. From March 29, Coles will stock some of the most popular refurbished iPhone variants, including the 64GB iPhone 8 for $199, the 64GB iPhone SE for $259, and the 64GB iPhone XR for $299.

All phones will come with a free $2 Boost Mobile SIM, along with a 12-month warranty and a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to a brand-new iPhone 14, or need a reliable starter phone for your child or teen, this sale is a great way to score a quality smartphone at a massive discount.

How are iPhones from Coles so cheap?

All three iPhones on sale are refurbished, rather than brand new. However, they undergo a rigorous 72-point inspection process, only making the cut for sale if they’re in excellent aesthetic and functional condition. Each phone also undergoes cross-checking against police lost and stolen databases, and is fully data-wiped and factory reset before making it way to consumers.

It’s possible your phone may show slight signs of gentle use, such as scuffing, but the device itself will perform good-as-new. Each iPhone is sold network unlocked, so it will work not just on a Boost Mobile plan, but with any telco operating on an Australian 3G or 4G network.

Here’s what’s available in Coles’ iPhone sale.

iPhone 8: now $199 from Coles

Gold iPhone 8First hitting stores back in 2017, the iPhone 8 remains a popular pick for buyers who want a pocket-sized phone and a physical Home button. Originally retailing for $1,079, the refurbished iPhone 8 is available for just $199, and is compatible with Apple’s current iOS 16 operating system. Buying from Coles will also nab you a discount compared to picking up the iPhone 8 directly from Boost, with the telco offering the 64GB model from $249.

The iPhone 8 includes:

  • 4.7-inch Retina HD display
  • A11 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB storage
  • 12-megapixel wide rear camera
  • 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera
  • Up to 13 hours video playback and wireless charging
  • Touch ID fingerprint security
  • ApplePay
  • Voice-free Siri AI assistant
  • iOS 16 compatibility
  • Includes charging cable and wall charger

Keep in mind that as all Coles iPhones come network unlocked,  you can pair your device with any postpaid or prepaid SIM-only plan. We’ve compiled a number of plans below.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 20GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try using our mobile phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data each month, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. If you want to compare a larger range of offers from other providers, use our phone plan comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

iPhone XR: now $299 from Coles

Red iPhone XR2018’s iPhone XR comes with a larger 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display, Face ID security, an a TrueDepth HD selfie camera in front. Originally priced at $1,229, Coles buyers can grab the XR for just $299.

Features include:

  • 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD display
  • A12 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB storage
  • 12-megapixel wide rear camera
  • 7-megapixel TrueDepth HD camera
  • Up to 16 hours video playback and wireless charging
  • Face ID security
  • ApplePay
  • Voice-free Siri AI assistant
  • iOS 16 compatibility
  • Includes charging cable and wall charger

iPhone SE: now $259 from Coles

Rounding out Coles’ iPhone offers is the second-generation iPhone SE, first released in 2020 with a $747 retail price. The SE includes many of the same specifications as the iPhone 8, but with an upgraded processor and additional camera features.

Some of the key specs of the iPhone SE 2020 include:

  • 4.7-inch Retina HD display
  • A13 Bionic Chip
  • 64GB storage
  • 12-megapixel wide rear camera
  • 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera
  • Up to 13 hours video playback and wireless charging
  • Touch ID fingerprint security
  • ApplePay
  • Voice-free Siri AI assistant
  • iOS 16 compatibility
  • Includes charging cable and wall charger

Whichever model you buy, you’ll receive a bonus $2 Boost Mobile starter SIM, with a range of recharge options. You can pick up the discounted, refurbished iPhone range in Coles stores nationwide, or online from Coles Best Buys.

Boost Mobile vs Coles Mobile

With each refurbished iPhone from Coles including a Boost Mobile SIM, it’s likely customers may be interested in signing up to the low-cost prepaid provider. Boost Mobile offers a range of plans on a 28-day expiry period, with recharges beginning at $20 for 5GB of data.

Options are available up to $70 for 65GB of data, and all plans include unlimited standard national talk and text in Australia. Recharges of $30 or more also include unlimited standard international calls to 20 selected countries.

Boost Mobile operates on the full Telstra 3G and 4G networks, and also includes 5G network access on selected plans. However, customers should be aware that none of the above iPhones are compatible with 5G technology.

The following table shows a selection of Boost Mobile prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers.

Although Coles is offering its iPhone sale in conjunction with Boost, the supermarket also doubles as a budget telco. Coles Mobile plans include two monthly options beginning at $35, as well as several prepaid plans with expiries over 30 or 365 days.

All plans are SIM-only, and include unlimited standard national talk and text to Australian numbers. Monthly plans also feature the option of rolling over unused data to the next month, with up to 500GB of data banking available; prepaid plans include 50GB of data rollover.

Coles Mobile operates on Optus’ 4G Plus network, although customers should note that 5G coverage is not yet available. All plans are flexible and contract-free, and selected plans also include unlimited standard international calls to up to 22 countries.

The following table shows a selection of Coles Mobile plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers.

Tara Donnelly
Utilities Editor
Tara Donnelly is an internet and mobile expert - sectors she’s spent a decade covering - and also oversees energy and consumer technology content. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Canberra and has shared her expertise on national media including 9 News, 7 News, Sunrise and the ABC.

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