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Old Jan 18, 2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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Wow Apple still makes 1st gen iPhones

I ordered a battery replacement for my 1st generation iPhone (4GB) so my 1yo daughter can use it on this fisher price toy that we got her. I was surprised that apple replaced the entire device instead of just replace that battery. Surely I thought they wouldn't have any 4GB iPhone 1st gen (one of the rarest iPhones).... but when I looked up the serial number of the replacement device that they are sending me, this was the information that it got out of the serial number.

Model: - iPhone
Codename: - M68
Build Country: - We don't know where this unit was built.
Build Year: - This unit was built in 2012.
Build Week - Your device was built in week 39 of that year (September).
Production Nr.: - This unit was number 17 to be built that week.

Serial number began with a QR. With same capacity (4GB)

I wonder how long will apple continue to build them.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 01:23 AM   #2
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They don't make them anymore.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 01:31 AM   #3
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You are getting a free furnished phone.

My moms original iPod nano's battery went bad recently and my mom paid $60 for a "new" one but its actually refurbished and they took her old one. The old one will no doubt be refurbished and sold to somebody else.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 01:32 AM   #4
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That's kinda hard to believe.

I would like to purchase one if they are willing to sell it.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 01:35 AM   #5
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so i can bring my original iphone for repair and get a replacement?
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 01:42 AM   #6
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You are getting a free furnished phone.

My moms original iPod nano's battery went bad recently and my mom paid $60 for a "new" one but its actually refurbished and they took her old one. The old one will no doubt be refurbished and sold to somebody else.
Yea the internals will most likely be refurbed. But doesn't apple use new parts for the outside and new battery. So they are still making external shells and batteries. It'll be here by Monday. I'll post pics when it arrives.

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so i can bring my original iphone for repair and get a replacement?
I paid a $79 + $6.95 shipping fee to get my battery replaced when I called AppleCare. I was thinking they would open the phone up and change the battery but they replaced the entire device. YMMV on what they actually do. They may just change the battery or replace it according to their terms.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:04 AM   #7
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I had mine replace in 2010 for a faulty touch screen under warranty, surprised me because apparently the warranty on that screen was extended to 5 years. I actually had to return to the Apple store the next day to pickup my iPhone because they didn't have any in stock.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:07 AM   #8
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That's kinda hard to believe.

I would like to purchase one if they are willing to sell it.
Same here............will be happy to have one.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:22 AM   #9
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Yea the internals will most likely be refurbed. But doesn't apple use new parts for the outside and new battery. So they are still making external shells and batteries. It'll be here by Monday. I'll post pics when it arrives.

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I paid a $79 + $6.95 shipping fee to get my battery replaced when I called AppleCare. I was thinking they would open the phone up and change the battery but they replaced the entire device. YMMV on what they actually do. They may just change the battery or replace it according to their terms.
Actually it's the opposite. Most iPhones that old are going to have scratches and lots of abuse. They will give it a new screen and back and battery and keep the rest of the internals the way they are.

Keep in mind that a back and a screen for the original iPhone costs them almost nothing.

Just because you can no longer get it doesn't mean they don't make them anymore.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:27 AM   #10
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Bet a hundred bucks that says that Apple has stored a model of each iteration in some corner of their company. It's like a timeline of iPhones
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 02:53 AM   #11
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All manufacturers will keep stock of old models for repair and replacement, after they have been superseded.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:22 AM   #12
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You sure your getting a gen 1 back? I took my iPhone 3G to get its battery replaced and they gave me a 3GS. When I asked about it they said it was because they didn't make the 3G anymore.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:33 AM   #13
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You sure your getting a gen 1 back? I took my iPhone 3G to get its battery replaced and they gave me a 3GS. When I asked about it they said it was because they didn't make the 3G anymore.
Yea I'm sure it's a first generation after running the replacement serial number that apple emailed me on Apple site and another serial # checker site.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 06:24 AM   #14
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Same here............will be happy to have one.
They are easily obtainable on eBay and other online markets.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 06:27 AM   #15
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Bet a hundred bucks that says that Apple has stored a model of each iteration in some corner of their company. It's like a timeline of iPhones
I want to see that, imagine if they also have timelines of all their other products starting with the Apple 1. Haha
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 06:40 AM   #16
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This pretty much standard with Apple's small products.

If you really want a refurbished gen1 phone, buy one off eBay and then take it to an Apple store for replacement. They will charge you either $80 if it just needs a new battery or $150 if more is wrong with it.

They will take your phone and give you a refurbished unit in return.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:53 AM   #17
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You are getting a free furnished phone.
LOL....

Is it furnished in Early American, Duncan Fife, or Victorian? LOL

The word you were needing to use is REFURBISHED !!!!
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LOL....

Is it furnished in Early American, Duncan Fife, or Victorian? LOL

The word you were needing to use is REFURBISHED !!!!
I can picture the next iphone being finished in a lovely curly or quilted maple case but if the battery heats up the thing might burn up!

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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:21 PM   #19
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The iPhone just came in. It looks brand new even though the internals won't be. I'm happy with it.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:26 PM   #20
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flip... message me how u got it.. my original iphone is having problems as well.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:28 PM   #21
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You should keep it in mint condition. You never know how much it would be worth in 10 years. There are a lot of Apple related collectors out there. the original Mac sold for quite a lump sum at auctions.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:30 PM   #22
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flip... message me how u got it.. my original iphone is having problems as well.
I paid a $79 + $6.95 shipping fee to get my battery replaced when I called AppleCare. I was thinking they would open the phone up and change the battery but they replaced the entire device. YMMV on what they actually do. They may just change the battery or replace it according to their terms.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:30 PM   #23
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Sealed in the box they have been known to go for $10k recently.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:30 PM   #24
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^ The best iPhone yet. Truly.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 03:31 PM   #25
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I paid a $79 + $6.95 shipping fee to get my battery replaced when I called AppleCare. I was thinking they would open the phone up and change the battery but they replaced the entire device. YMMV on what they actually do. They may just change the battery or replace it according to their terms.
Did they charge u by calling them out of warranty? so 79 + 6.95 that's it? i supposed they shipped u a shipping box and u shipped it to them right?
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