Replacement iPhone 5 doesn't have build week in serial number

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by imaginex20, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    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.
  2. midtownhd, Sep 25, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2012

    macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    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
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    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
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2010
    how is it that apple has replacement phones so fast?
  5. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    They always have replacement phones on hand for the OCD people like us :)
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    did they give you a brand new in box one or a refurb in a plain box?
  7. macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Central Florida
    I just did an exchange also but I have 2 numbers.
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Plain white box that enclosed a black coffin like box. Lol. I think it's rather too soon to call these "refurb"
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    Mine was DNPJD replaced today.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2012
    Mine was as well and they told me no refurbs yet and all new
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2012
    What was your serial number? DNPJD also?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2008
    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.
  13. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    The serial number format changed some time ago.

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