All White Box iPhones are REJECTS?

sillywabbit

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Can anyone confirm/deny the following:

1. All replacement phone (white box phones) are rejects that initially did NOT pass quality control, then re manufactured and placed in a white box.

2. All REFURBISHED phones have a model number that starts with an "N".

Thanks.
 

fs454

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Dec 7, 2007
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I mean, you're definitely sensationalizing it. There's nothing wrong with white box iPhones at all. New or not, inspect it before you walk out of the store and refuse if you see anything out of the ordinary. My brand new 6 Plus on launch morning had dust particles inside the camera lens - swapped it out immediately. That said, they gave me a retail box iPhone to replace it. My previous 5S whitebox replacement looked and acted as if it were brand new.

Some of these phones could be new, some of these phones may have gone through a QA check twice, some of them may have refurbished logic boards with new exteriors - either way, you're getting a phone straight from the factory that's probably brand new.

No idea on the serials.
 

brokenarrow184

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Sep 23, 2014
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My silver 16gb Plus was in a white box. I got it at bestbuy today, they said it was a preorder that was never picked up. It was the only 6 they had. Still had plastic wrap on it. The phone seems perfect so far!
 

iCarabma

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Feb 22, 2012
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To avoid confusion "white box iPhones" generally refers to the phones that geniuses use to replace phones in the stores. They come out of a plain white box, and are generally refurbished.

The iPhone 6/6+ have a retail box that is largely white. Not the same thing.
 

Brownbox88

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Sep 21, 2012
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I had my iPhone 6 replaced and the genius pulled my replacement from a plain white box that had stickers with my name all over it. Guy said he wasn't sure if it's brand new or not, but the phone just came out so i doubt it's a refurb. Had the plastic wrapping too.
 

scaredpoet

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Apr 6, 2007
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Can anyone confirm/deny the following:

1. All replacement phone (white box phones) are rejects that initially did NOT pass quality control, then re manufactured and placed in a white box.
No. Not all white box phones originate this way.

2. All REFURBISHED phones have a model number that starts with an "N".
Also not true.
 

itjw

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Dec 20, 2011
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Not rejects per se.

Just dirty slimy refurbs.

The serial number is no guarantee either. I bet you couldn't tell a refurb from brand new were it not for the box, but I bet you kick and scream when they bring out the white box anyway lol.
 

N e e k

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Jul 15, 2011
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I already got a replacement 6+ (white box) everything is perfect. The screen is yellowing at the top left though where the CPU is. Apparently a lot of people are having these issues though, so you can't really say it has that because it's a white box phone.
 
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