6s replacement new or refurb?

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  1. ACURA2015 macrumors regular

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    Hello, I wanted to know is there anyway to tell by model number, serial number or IMEI# if a replacement i got from Apple today at the Apple store new or refurb? I really hope its new because my defective unit was only a month old. Thanks
     
  2. posguy99 macrumors 6502

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    it's irrelevant. A refurbished phone gets a new case and battery and goes through every test a "new" phone does.
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Remanufactured.

    Absolutely no difference between new or remanufactured.
     
  4. ACURA2015 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well, if that's the case why would they only provide you with 90 days if they were "as new"?
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    ????

    Because it's a replacement phone not a new purchase.
     
  6. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    You ask unnecessary questions...just use the replacement phone. For all intents, it is essentially new.
     
  7. jasie02 macrumors 6502a

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    You should get remaining warranty, original or AC+, from your old phone, if it is greater than 90 days, if less than 90 days, you will get 90 days.

    You don't get free additional warranty from Apple for something you did not paid for.
     
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    If your current device only has 60 days of warranty left, Apple is giving you an extra 30 days for free, making it 90 days. If your device has 180 days of warranty left, then your replacement device will receive 180 days of warranty.

    All "refurb" phones are considered remanufactured. They get a new case, new screen and new battery and undergo more thorough testing than "new" phones. There is no way to tell if the replacement is new or remanufactured.
     
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Just to help make things crystal clear:

    Your phone was one month old. Your new phone now has 11 months of warranty left (the same as your previous one did) unless you had AC+, in which case you now have 23 months warranty left.

    The only point at which a 90 day warranty comes into play is if the phone you brought in had fewer than 90 days remaining on its warranty. That 90 day warranty is a freebie. Your original warranty stays intact.

    I do have a question about remanufsctured phones though. Has Apple come out and said what their policy on refurbs is? I aske because I've seen the same thing repeated about phones being remanufsctured over the years but I've never seen distinct Apple information. It's not that I don't believe people, particularly when some in this very thread have given me credible verifiable information in the past on multiple accounts, but there is a tendency for things to get parroted on webpages and what is "known" to be true isn't actually first party official information.
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I don't think Apple has a published policy. Like revealing the details about products they have not released yet they tend to be secretive about their behind the scenes processes. Kind of like Disney.

    But I believe the common repeating mantra you hear is because at least one Apple employee mentioned this here at some point.

    That's my understanding anyway.
     
  11. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Look at the model number in settings. If it begins with N....refurb or "remanufactured"
     
  12. iPad Retina macrumors 6502a

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    When I called about this, they said all of our replacements are brand new. We don't replace it with refurbished one. I'm like what???? Pretty sure that was a lie
     
  13. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    From their standpoint they call them "remanufactured". Remanufactured could be considered new - from a certain point of view.

    And that's all they'd ever admit to if you pinned them down.
    --- Post Merged, May 24, 2016 ---
    I think Apple has been obfuscating this since the iPhone 5. People have caught on to it.
     
  14. posguy99 macrumors 6502

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    Except that they do, of course. Why people think they shouldn't have to read, I will never understand.

    http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals

    "We back it with our standard one-year limited warranty. And you have the option of purchasing an AppleCare Product for it."
     
  15. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    These are policies specific to Mac, iPod, iPad and Clearance items.

    I realize you are extrapolating to cover iPhones and I agree that the policy does cover iPhones…but there is still no explicit mention of the policy covering iPhones on their website. I believe that is because the iPhone is the one refurbished (remanufactured) device Apple does not sell online.
     
  16. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

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    Good Grief! Who cares. if it looks new, has an as new warranty and works as new, then enjoy & get on with life.
     
  17. eyoungren, May 24, 2016
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    Why are you yelling at me?

    I expressed the same opinion you just did to the OP of this thread. Below is my first post in this thread.
    The ABOVE reply was simply a discussion of the fact that even though Apple DOES have the same process for iPhone and there is NO difference between remanufactured and new - there is no specific documentation about it on Apple's website.

    How you can turn that into me having an issue with refurbs when I've been repeating the same mantra about refurb iPhones being the same or better than new for the years I've been a member in this forum, I simply do not know.
     
  18. techspin macrumors 6502a

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    Your replacement is a refurb...that was probably dropped in a toilet full of dookie by the previous owner. But who cares if it looks new and works fine!
     
  19. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    If you cannot tell yourself if it's refurb or brand new then what difference does it make?
    If it looks new, functions like new and has no issues then find something better to worry about...
    --- Post Merged, May 24, 2016 ---
    Your get 90 days warranty or the remaining warranty from your original phone that you turned in.
    If you had 6 months left on your previous device the old warranty carries over to the replacement.
    If the old warranty expires in 3 weeks for example you get a full 3 months so you get extra coverage.
    You dont keep getting full 1 year warranty every time you get a replacement.
    Only full year since original purchase date. Makes sense?
     

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