Reliance Jio iPhone 8 Buyback Offer: It’s Not What You Think It Is

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Whichever way you look at it, a new iPhone launch is always a very big thing in the technology industry. While the iPhones themselves are among the best smartphones that users can buy, Apple’s brilliant marketing does its magic as well. And the same is the case for the newest of the company’s smartphones – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (which will only be available from November).

Unsurprisingly though, the freshest iPhones have been priced higher than we would have liked them to, with prices starting at INR 64,000 (for iPhone 8, 64GB variant) and INR 73,000 (for iPhone 8 Plus, 64GB variant).

But even though the prohibitory prices might’ve put off a lot of customers wanting to buy a new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, subsidizing them with an yearly data plan can definitely help in making things easier. And this is precisely the reason why you might be interested in what Reliance Jio is offering.

Besides old players like Airtel and Vodafone, Reliance Jio has introduced an interesting offer for those who wish to buy an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Dubbed Jio-iPhone monthly plan, the offering is backed by an exciting assured buyback offer.

But what exactly do you need to do for availing this offer? And more importantly, does it really offer what it claims to? Read on to find out.

The Data Plan

First of all, the Jio-iPhone plan (with assured buyback offer) is valid from September 29, 2017 to December 31, 2017. This means that you must buy either the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus from one of Reliance’s physical/digital outlets – including Reliance Digital stores, Jio store, website and My Jio app – between the mentioned time period. Secondly, there are two types of plans – Prepaid and Postpaid – costing a minimum of INR 799 per month.

The INR 799 plan gives you free voice calls to any network throughout India, 3GB of 4G data per day, unlimited SMS and whole bundle of Jio apps (worth Rs 1,250). The validity of this plan is 28 days.

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The INR 799 postpaid plan has all the benefits of the aforementioned prepaid offering, but it’s subject to a monthly billing cycle.

What about the buyback offer? Once you have opted for either of the above plans within the specified time period, you will be eligible for the buyback offer after using the iPhone 8 (or iPhone 8 Plus) for one year. After completion of one year, you can return the smartphone and get 70% of its market price back.

The Catch

It’s important to remember that neither of these plans have any effect on both handsets’ MRPs at the time of purchase. Any change to the MRPs depends entirely on Apple. Also, there are certain conditions.

First, the 70% buyback value will be based on the smartphone’s MRP at that particular point of time, and not the current MRP. The handset should be accompanied by all its accessories that are present in the box during the time of purchase, as well as the box itself. Naturally, the box should be intact as well, with zero physical damage.

Secondly, the device must be in the proper working condition. While normal wear and tear is acceptable, there shouldn’t be any serious damage to the smartphone’s physical condition. Also, remember that the dealer will duly check the smartphone at least for its basic functionality (hardware as well as software) to ensure that the device is running fine.

Suffice it to say that if your iPhone 8 (or iPhone 8 Plus) fails to meet even one of the above-mentioned conditions, the value of the handset will be decided completely at the discretion of the dealer. So don’t be too casual with how you use the iPhone, since you’ll have to return it after one year.


In summation, if you are planning on buying either an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, do think about the above mentioned catches.

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