Thinking about a phone upgrade? I still think the iPhone XR is an ideal choice, especially if you can do better than the $600 list price.
You can. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Cheapskate readers can get a pre-owned unlocked iPhone XR (64GB) for $449.98 with promo code RICKXR. That price includes a full one-year extended protection plan. It also includes something I've never seen before: a guaranteed buyback price.
More on that below. The above link is for the iPhone XR in black; you can also get it in white for the same price. And if you don't care about the extended warranty, the iPhone XR in black drops to $419.99. That includes the standard two-month warranty.
So here's the deal with Glyde: The company says that every pre-owned phone is in "like new" condition; only one out of 10 even qualifies for sale on its site. The XR comes with a box, AC adapter and charging cord, and it's unlocked to work on pretty much any network.
Still concerned about buying used? This is Glyde's other guarantee: "We're so confident in the quality of this phone we'll buy it back anytime within one year of purchase for $209." That's an interesting proposition.
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The big question with any pre-owned or refurbished phone: battery life. Even a phone that looks mint on the outside might still have a year of wear on the battery. Of course, you can always check battery health yourself once the XR arrives; just venture into Settings > Battery > Battery Health and check the maximum capacity. Ideally you want 90% or better. If it's lower, I'd still use the phone for at least a week to see how you fare in real-world usage. (Glyde offers a 14-day return policy.)
As for the XR itself, it remains a CNET Editors' Choice pick, as noted in our iPhone XR review. Big screen, fast performance, good cameras and more. Here's your chance to get one that's like new for $150 less.
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Wirelessly charge 3 devices at once for $20.39
If you do end up with an iPhone XR, you should probably experience the joy that is wireless charging. And why not plan ahead with a charging pad that can handle three devices at once? Bam: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Lecone Qi Certified Triple Wireless Charger is $20.39 with promo code I4E7F2UH. Regular price: $39.99.
This fabric-wrapped charging pad is large enough to accommodate three phones, though you could also use it to charge, for example, true wireless earbuds (assuming yours have a Qi charging case).
It also has a pair of USB ports for plugging in any wired devices that need power. So, yeah, it's really more of a charging hub. And it comes with its own AC adapter. Pretty nice for the price, I think.
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