Featured Bargain: Grab Your Cheap iPhone 8 (or 8 Plus or X) Now!

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In the market for an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X but looking for a deal?

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I’ve been searching for something to replace my dying Moto G5. I’ve been considering the Moto X4, but I’ve also been toying with the idea of switching to an iPhone. While searching online for a good deal on a new phone, I came across Simple Mobile’s current offering of phones.

Simple Mobile is an MVNO on T-Mobile’s network with some decent plan offerings. Check out this post for more on choosing the cheap cellphone plan that’s right for you.

Normally, if you buy a phone from Simple Mobile, it’s locked to their network for 12 months of paid service. (Spoiler alert: I’m about to tell you about some unlocked phones!)

Simple Mobile is currently offering three different open-box iPhone selections: $299 for an iPhone 8, $399 for an iPhone 8 Plus, and $599 for an iPhone X. All are 64GB models.


  1. You have to purchase a one-month Simple Mobile airtime card, starting at $25. But. The phones are coming carrier unlocked, so you never have to activate the service unless you want to. ($25/month is not a bad deal, though, for unlimited talk, text, and 3GB high-speed data, so you may end up sticking with the service.) You can use the phone with any GSM carrier. Check out this post for my cheap cellphone plan pick. And you could also resell the airtime card if you’re feeling ambitious.
  2. The phones are described as “open box,” but are more likely very lightly used. According to people who’ve already purchased these phones, yours may come with light scratches and not in the original box. But many come with Apple Care time left and look almost like new.

You would be hard-pressed to find an iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X in this condition anywhere else for this price. ($400 and up was the average I was seeing elsewhere for an iPhone 8 in similar condition.)

I have no idea how long this deal will last, but I suspect that when they’re gone, they’re gone.  What do you think? Will you be buying an iPhone while this deal lasts?

Here are those links again: $299 for an iPhone 8, $399 for an iPhone 8 Plus, and $599 for an iPhone X. All are 64GB models.

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