Can one totally clear the lifetime timer on an iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 10-Dee-Q, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    hi im asking this because i want to buy an unlocked iphone 4 verizon from the web
    its 32GB and the seller claims it to be a brand new unit, i did checked with apple.com regarding the serial number and it says it was made in 2012
    but the seller says it is totally brand new with 00:00 lifetim timer
    so im asking this , is there anyway that you can erase the lifetime timer on an iphone ?
     
  2. macrumors Nehalem

    Applejuiced

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    Isn't that counter only "time since last full charge"?
    Settings,general,usage.
    That doesn't mean much.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    A "restore as new" resets the lifetime counter.

    The screenshot was taken on an iPhone 4 from 2010. It's obviously been used for more than 21 minutes of phone calls.
     

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    gpsouza

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    I guess you're talking about warranty stuff, right?
    If an iPhone was never activated it's, then, a brand new unit. If it was used one time you can do nothing and the seller can't reset the time when it was activated.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    I believe he's talking about the 'lifetime call timer'.

    This gets reset after a restore... It's not like the old days (like with with a Motorola Nextel or one of my old Verizon LG's) where that timer could never be reset.

    Unless if the phone is advertised at a killer discounted price, i would just walk away now... the seller is already lying to you.
     
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    rockyroad55

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    I'm calling BS on the seller. Why hold on to a phone for a year to sell it as brand new? Wouldn't it make more economical sense to sell it in 2012 when the value was higher than it is now?
     
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    cynics

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    Strange. I've restored my iPhone from new several times. However...

    [​IMG]

    Thats obviously the lifetime since I first got it knowing my usage.
     
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    Applejuiced

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    Here's a screenshot of my i5 lifetime usage listed.
    I had the phone for about 8 months now.
     

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