Should I buy this iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JackieTran, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    My friend is selling an iPhone 4S thats kinda broken.
    She says that the screen is white but she can still receive calls. When she plugs the phone to the computer, you can also see all the apps, music ect.

    Is this a hardware problem or software problem
     
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    Do not buy this phone
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    Unless she is selling it to you for less than $100. That way you can sell it as-is on Ebay for a little more than what you paid.

    But if it's anything over $100, don't buy it.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Why?
     
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    HiddenPuppy

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    Don't buy a broken iPhone or any other for that matter unless you know exactly what is wrong and how much it is going to cost to fix it. buying it without knowing those things would be "buying a pig in a poke"
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Pay $80 for it. Tell her it's not fixable without replacing all the hardware. Throw it at the floor and then take it to an Apple store and pay for OOW replacement which is $150. Enjoy your $230 iPhone 4S.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I don't buy it, someone else will for £60.
     
  8. macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like hardware issues. What do you plan to do with this phone? Use as is? Repair and use? Repair and sell?
     
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    Because it needs a new screen and maybe other parts could be broken.
    Dont you think if it was just a software problem she would have restored it herself already?
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like hardware issues not software.
     
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    iRepairParts

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    unless you can pin point the exact issue, I would stay away unless she will sell for less than $100. Like someone above stated, if it was a software issue, don't you think they would have tried to restore the phone to fix it? If they tried a restore and it still isn't functioning, that could be pointing towards some major problems.

    If it is a hardware issue, it sounds like it may need a new LCD Digitizer assembly. Or it may have other internal issues. I would say at this point, avoid it.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the advice guys.

    I don't think shes even tried to reformat it yet XD.

    Basically, what I'll do is do try that hard reset when its in my hand. If that doesn't work, I won't buy it.

    But, if that does fix it, do you think the problem will ever appear again or was it just a minior bug in that os

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    Repair and sell
     
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    Applejuiced

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    Its not a software bug. Its the screen that died. A hard reset or an itunes restore will not magically repair a broken LCD screen.
     
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive read in multiple cases that it can be a software bug/ lots of youtube videos show the hard reset working for this 'white screen of death'
     
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    iRepairParts

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    I've heard several instances of the white screen of death as well.

    The only crappy part is, if you restore the phone and get it to work again before you buy it, she will probably charge you more lol.
     
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    quietstormSD

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    Yeah I wouldn't buy it unless I knew what was exactly wrong with it. It could be the screen or it could be another internal hardware problem, or both.
     
  17. macrumors regular

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    I don't like broken phone, so,personally I will not buy it.
    And The Phone seems have not software problems. I am not sure whether the hardware is good or not.
     

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