AT&T selling refurb 5's

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    $99 for 16gb, $199 for 32gb and so on. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412426,00.asp

    I have some questions:

    1) Does anyone know if these are refurbed by AT&T or by Apple?

    2) I don't think you can buy Applecare+ when you buy from AT&T (they sell their own insurance plan). I'm wondering if these refurbs are eligible for Applecare+? Assuming they are, the nearest Apple Store is 100 miles away from me, making the usual Genius exam of a phone very inconvenient. Anyone know an alternative method of getting Applecare+ when buying direct from AT&T?

    3) Setting aside the refurbs questions, if I buy a new phone direct from AT&T (to get a FAN discount) is there a way to get Applecare+ without a visit to an Apple Store?

    4) Does anyone have experience with previous AT&T iPhone refurbs?
     
  2. megapopular, Nov 23, 2012
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    macrumors 6502a

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    I talked my friend into buying 2 refurbished iphone 4's from AT&T for himself and his girlfriend, they worked perfectly well up until July this year when he upgraded to iPhone 4s's then he gave them to his kids. I just ordered a refurbished iPhone 5 64 gb for my sister yesterday, so I'll know by Monday, I guess to see what kind of condition it's in... And a bit more time to see how it works as far as the software.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Lots of conflicting stories in that thread. $100 off is tempting but I prefer to avoid hassles whenever possible.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    I just purchased the refurb 5 for $99 and AppleCare+ is part of the checkout process.
     
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    I don't think it being returned is a problem. If there is anything wrong, go to the Genius Bar and switch it out for another refurb (but this time, an actual Apple refurb)
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I went all the way through to checkout and never saw a mention of it. I see the "AT&T Mobile Protection Pack" and "AT&T Mobile Protection" insurance but nothing else.

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    As I said, the nearest Genius bar is 100 miles away.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    I was upgrading and a loyal AT&T customer. O/w I can't explain the difference in our experiences. AppleCare+ was stage two in the purchasing process. I'll see if I can post a pic.
     
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    I just ordered a 16GB black iPhone 5 refurb today. Didn't see an option for Applecare, though I think there was an option for ATT's insurance.

    Hopefully there's no scratches and stuff all over it.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe because I was upgrading?
     

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  11. macrumors 6502

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    Soon my 10-day old iPhone 5 will be returned and part of the refurb stock. I'll save the $100 buying a refurb and visit an Apple Store if there's an issue later. The Genius Bar should be pretty accommodating since the iPhone 5 is still "new".
     
  12. macrumors 6502

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    I bought a phone from Radio Shack and got AppleCare + on the spot. The salesman said if I didn't get it that day I could always call and add it later, without a genius appt. not sure if it was true or not though, since I got if while I was at the store.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That could be the difference. I would be a new customer.
     
  14. macrumors G3

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    Yes, I've read several reports that AT&T refurbs aren't actually re-manufactured iPhones. Don't know how true that is but it's something to keep in mind.
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    Jumped on it, hopefully I will get it soon. I plan to get insurance for it anyway so it doesnt bother me that it's refurb, also I can go to the genius bar anytime
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    ATT used to keep a a FAQ section that explained refurbs where returned phones. I could not find it again on their site.
     

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