Certified ‘Open Box’ iPhone 7, iPhone 6/6s Sale at Best Buy Offers Up to $270 Off

Share: has a sale right now on their Geek Squad Certified Open Box smartphones, which includes some Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models.

What exactly is Geek Squad Certified Open Box? It’s essentially refurbished models—here’s how Geek Squad describes it:

  • Fully operational and in “like-new” condition
  • Restored to original manufacturer specifications
  • Professionally cleaned and repackaged with all parts and accessories

There are locked 32GB iPhone 6s models available for $499.95, savings of $270 off compared to new and unlocked from Apple at $769. If you factor in the $50 fee to unlock it, you’re saving about $220 versus buying new from Apple.

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Also available are locked iPhone 6 models in 16GB for $399.95.

As for iPhone 7, carrier-locked models in 32GB and 128GB are available priced at $699 and $799 respectively. Apple sells the 32GB iPhone 7 for $899 and the 128GB iPhone 7 for $1029.

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These are only available online and not in-stores. Now according to the product description though…

  • In-store activation on a two-year voice and data Plus plan is required.
  • SIM card is not included and is available from $9.99 and up.

So it seems like once you buy these, you need to activate them on a two-year plan with a carrier? That doesn’t make sense, since they’re listed as outright pricing. But if you do decide to purchase, you can always return it in-store.


  • Ken

    I don’t get it. They are locked to which carrier? How do I know I’m getting a Rogers phone if I already have a Rogers plan?

  • Andrew

    Typically when you buy a carrier-locked phone, it comes unlocked out of the box, and once you put in a SIM card, it locks itself to that carrier.

    Since these are open box phones, though, perhaps there’s a chance they’re already locked to the SIM card that was initially put into the phone? Or perhaps Best Buy has a way of reversing that before reselling it?

  • Ken

    Reading the reviews of previously sold carrier SIM locked phones from Best Buy (iPhone 5S), it appears that the phones are all locked to random carriers. Lots of comments about how purchasers have no choice but to dish out the money to unlock.

  • Steve

    I would avoid this open box crap like the plague. Got to love those 1 star reviews lol. For not much more, you can get a brand new one.

  • Sam

    Comes December they will have to unlock your phone for free. New CRTC ruling.

  • Ken

    I ordered one. Since I do not know which carrier it will be locked to, how do I go about getting it unlocked? How do you find out who it’s locked to?

  • Cornfed710

    That’s absolutely not true with iPhones. Maybe iPads

  • Ken

    Update. I received the iPhone 6S I ordered. The phone came UNLOCKED. I don’t know if I got lucky or what.

  • KBlazer07

    My son took a chance and ordered one. Looks as good as new and runs well (comes unlocked and locks when SIM card is inserted). Apple warranty runs until the end of January 2018, so I’m not too worried if it starts going weird any time soon.

  • Nice, thanks for the update!