Are replacement iPhone 3Gs refurbs now?

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  1. thadoggfather macrumors 603

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  2. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Uneducated guess... No, not yet. The v1 iPhone was well into August '07 before we saw refurbs.
     
  3. NiroshanMan macrumors 6502

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    Is this going to even be possible anymore?
    1) It is a subsidized product, they can lower the price only to certain externt
    2) You can only activate in person at a store now, and the only store that sold them were AT&T stores and that was rarely.
     
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    3. They're producing 3G iPhones at an unbelievable rate as well. :eek:
     
  5. Mikey B macrumors 65816

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    I'm on my 3rd and they've all been refurbs.

    got the first on 7/29
     
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    What made you think they were refurbs? No matter what box they came in the first few weeks they were all new.
     
  8. Mikey B macrumors 65816

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    replacements that were refurbs, i think

    i guess because that's what the geniuses called them. maybe they just said it out of habit. and they did come from behind the genius bar in the generic white boxes. either way, doesn't matter. an apple refurb is as good as new in my book.
     
  9. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I concur...:cool:
     
  10. DenniZ macrumors 6502a

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    I have asked on all my occasions of getting my original replaced, they were all brand new phones I think.
     
  11. VPofIT macrumors newbie

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    I got my 2nd replacement phone on Wednesday night in Orlando and it came out of the usual white box and it appears to be brand new and perfect so far...
     
  12. macaco74 macrumors regular

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    I was wondering this very thing. I had my 16GB white phone swapped today by a genius and he brought it out in a generic box that was clearly not a new retail box. I felt slightly screwed as less than a month ago I bought a brand new one and now got some returned/fixed one as my replacement.
     
  13. stupendusboi macrumors member

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    Don't worry, even though they are in the white box, they are still new.
     
  14. Julien macrumors G3

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    Refurbs take time to show up. Apple may even send returns back to China to be remanufactured. There are defiantly no refurbs yet. All replacement iPhones are and will be new for a few more months.
     
  15. macaco74 macrumors regular

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    So does apple ship retail boxes for sale and then these replacement ones specifically to swap out with defective ones?
     
  16. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    That's my understanding. They still have v1 iPhone replacements in the back, as well.
     
  17. macaco74 macrumors regular

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    oh, cool, I feel better now :)

    I was still happy -

    I had a few stuck pixels and several failed calls despite being in a high coverage zone.

    I had thought of asking for a black one instead but decided that white was different and finger prints do not show up as much (plus, it is in a case anyway)
     
  18. Julien macrumors G3

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    The replacement iPhone's (same phones just some go into retail boxes and others go into white bulk) are bulk packed and shipped to save costs. The fancy box and accessories make up a large percentage of the iPhones cost so why ship new replacements that way?
     
  19. rannddeee macrumors regular

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    i just got mine replaced because there was dust under the screen and pinhead sized bubble on the back (8gb black). they gave me a brand new one. the guy even let me upgrade to the white 16gb i just had to pay the difference ($100).
     

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