The refurbished versions of both the models are doing away with an excess of $100. Means, a consumer would have to pay for a brand new handset; and since Apple is releasing the official versions, one may be assured of tested, certified, cleaner models. Furthermore, the 64 GB iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are also receiving new batteries, earphones, chargers, and outer shells; along with a one year warranty that can be extended with AppleCare+.
Reports suggest that all the units of the refurbished phones are unlocked and expected to function without a glitch with all the big four US carriers. The refurbished stock is limited and expected to sell out quickly.