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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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Replacement iPhone 5 doesn't have build week in serial number

Today I received a replacement iPhone 5 from the apple store and my new phone has a weird serial number that I never seen before. Usually it's MD##@@@@ blah blah. Where ## indicates the build week but mine starts out DNPJ@@@@@ with only one number in my serial number. Anyone have the same experience? Does this mean my phone is a refurbished phone? Can't be since the phones has barely been out for less than a week.

Side note: exchanged my phone due to dust in my rear camera lens. My new phone is flawless by the way and battery life is way improved over the old 5 which was great too.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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one of my replacement phones only has 1 number as well. Had to check through 4 phones before getting a good one.
what's that website again?

update: week 36

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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:24 PM   #3
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I'm not sure of the web site but someone post it up if you know it. It's the site that allows the checking of serial number for iPhones
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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how is it that apple has replacement phones so fast?
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:28 PM   #5
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how is it that apple has replacement phones so fast?
They always have replacement phones on hand for the OCD people like us
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:29 PM   #6
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Today I received a replacement iPhone 5 from the apple store and my new phone has a weird serial number that I never seen before. Usually it's MD##@@@@ blah blah. Where ## indicates the build week but mine starts out DNPJ@@@@@ with only one number in my serial number. Anyone have the same experience? Does this mean my phone is a refurbished phone? Can't be since the phones has barely been out for less than a week.

Side note: exchanged my phone due to dust in my rear camera lens. My new phone is flawless by the way and battery life is way improved over the old 5 which was great too.
did they give you a brand new in box one or a refurb in a plain box?
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:30 PM   #7
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I just did an exchange also but I have 2 numbers.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:32 PM   #8
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did they give you a brand new in box one or a refurb in a plain box?
Plain white box that enclosed a black coffin like box. Lol. I think it's rather too soon to call these "refurb"
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 10:56 PM   #9
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Today I received a replacement iPhone 5 from the apple store and my new phone has a weird serial number that I never seen before. Usually it's MD##@@@@ blah blah. Where ## indicates the build week but mine starts out DNPJ@@@@@ with only one number in my serial number. Anyone have the same experience? Does this mean my phone is a refurbished phone? Can't be since the phones has barely been out for less than a week.

Side note: exchanged my phone due to dust in my rear camera lens. My new phone is flawless by the way and battery life is way improved over the old 5 which was great too.
Mine was DNPJD replaced today.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:00 PM   #10
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Mine was as well and they told me no refurbs yet and all new
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 12:19 AM   #11
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Mine was as well and they told me no refurbs yet and all new
What was your serial number? DNPJD also?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 12:53 AM   #12
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Honestly, what's the difference? I have a DNPJ and it was brand new from Verizon. This phone is awesome, I don't get all the obsession with build weeks.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 01:01 AM   #13
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The serial number format changed some time ago.
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