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How to Get a (Slightly) Cheap(er) iPhone: Buy One Someone Else Returned

The long-rumored/wished for $99 iPhone has yet to arrive. But if you’re ready to buy a phone that supports iFart but don’t want to pay full price, you do have one option: Buy one that someone else decided not to keep after all.

Apple (AAPL) has quietly allowed some of its vendors to resell gently used iPhones for a while, but now Best Buy (BBY) is making it a standing policy. Reuters:

The electronics chain said the used iPhones, which were returned within 30 days of purchase, are priced at $149 for the model with 8 gigabytes of storage, while the 16-gigabyte version is $249. A two-year service contract with AT&T Inc. is required.

New iPhone 3Gs currently sell for $199 and $299 at Best Buy Mobile stores.”

AT&T (T) will also sell you a used iPhone at the same discount, though only online. But don’t bother looking for iPhone bargains at Apple’s online store: It’s one of the only products the company doesn’t offer in its bargain/refurbished section.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik