Question about getting a replacement phone UK

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Macaroooon, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Oops I posted this as a reply rather than a new thread.

    I'm hoping to get my iPhone 5 replaced, however my friend has told me if I go into the store (UK) they will give me a refurbished phone rather than a brand new one, but if I send it off I'll get a brand new one.

    Is this true?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Its too early for refurbished iPhone 5's yet from what I have read on this forum.

    Even if you do get a refurbished iPhone you will not be able to tell the different between a new and refurbished. Its practically new, has a new case, screen etc, etc.
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    You're not quite right I think. It's "late" enough in the product's life so that refurbs are floating around, but majority of them are still new devices.

    You will not be able to tell the difference between a refurbished and new apple product.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So what is refurbished then? Are there *any* disadvantages to them?
     
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    cambookpro

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    Outside is completely new, only internals have been 'used'. If an internal had gone wrong, it would be repaired and tested.

    It's a win win, Apple get to use the broken phones and we get cheap/free replacements.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm. I suppose I shouldn't turn my nose up at it - only when I'm paying £700 for a phone (intending to keep it for about 4 years) then I expect it to work, and expect a new phone if it doesn't. I might sound a bit.. picky but that's what I'd expect.
     
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    cambookpro

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    Essentially though, it is new isn't it? Brand new exterior, fully tested internals. In some ways, it's better than new as most components are confirmed working.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    I have had mine replaced in the UK by Apple direct, it involved a courier swap. The replacement came in a slim white box with no accessories except for the sim slot key.

    It was exactly as new, plastic covers front and back and setup as a new phone, you cannot tell the difference. Looking on line the one that got sent back was from week 39 production and the replacement was from week 37.

    You really cannot know if it is refurb or new, I suspect this one is a refurb because of the week of production.
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    They HAVE been used. But the outer casing and any previously defective parts (if any) have been replaced. So no not really
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    Apples not meeting the demand so I highly doubt there's refurbs floating around just yet.
     

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