Can I get a replacement iPhone 4 for less than $600?

blairben

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My iPhone 4 doesn't work. I can sync it, but the screen won't turn on. I took it in to a 3rd party repair shop and they said it is dead and needs to be replaced. But since it doesn't have all original parts (see below), I can't get replacement pricing, so the cost will be around $700. Any guidance?

Here's the History: Earlier, I had cracked the screen, and I got it replaced at a 3rd party place and chose a red casing to differentiate from my wife's. It worked great, but about a month later it stopped working (screen wouldn't turn on).

I took it to the phone store where I bought it, and it was still under warranty, but since it didn't have original parts (the screen had been replaced by the red one) the warranty was voided.

I thought I understood that a replacement would be what I paid for originally, but the store said that I couldn't buy a replacement, because apple wouldn't replace a phone with non-original parts. So my option was to pay around $600 if I wanted a functioning iPhone. I'm fine to sign a new contract if I can get out of my current one. I just want a working iPhone for less than $600. I've had the phone for about 11 months. What are my options?
 

Kyotoma

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Nov 11, 2010
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An out of warranty replacement iPhone 4 is $149 at an Apple Retail Location. Unless I'm misunderstanding you, if you try and go to an Apple Store, they should replace it for you no problem.

For $700 I'd just get a brand new Unlocked 4S instead.
 

jeans94621

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Try eBay. I brought a brand new 32gb iPhone 4 for five hundred I know that was a lot but it was a Verizon iPhone. They seem higher than AT&T phones. But I do know it is a brand new phone because the Apple warranty is until April 2013 you of course can get the phone cheaper on eBay. I just choose to buy it from someone who was charging a little more and had good feedback. And had sold lots of items.
 

iFiend

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An out of warranty replacement iPhone 4 is $149 at an Apple Retail Location. Unless I'm misunderstanding you, if you try and go to an Apple Store, they should replace it for you no problem.

For $700 I'd just get a brand new Unlocked 4S instead.
He can't take it to Apple, because he did an aftermarket mod (red casing)
 

blairben

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Jan 27, 2012
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Thank you. I hope that works. I'm skeptical because I gave it to the 3rd party store, with $200, and they apparently communicated with Apple, but said they couldn't replace it (because it didn't have original parts). They told me I could come get it and get my money back. Though really, I just want a working phone.

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Try eBay. I brought a brand new 32gb iPhone 4 for five hundred I know that was a lot but it was a Verizon iPhone. They seem higher than AT&T phones. But I do know it is a brand new phone because the Apple warranty is until April 2013 you of course can get the phone cheaper on eBay. I just choose to buy it from someone who was charging a little more and had good feedback. And had sold lots of items.
Thank you. I'll check ebay. Though I was hoping for much closer to $200...
 

zigzagg321

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Yup. Apple store is out of the question since the phone now has aftermarket physical parts on it. The phone must be stock to qualify for the reduced price service replacement price of$149.00 plus tax.
 

vincenz

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If he didn't have the red casing, would Apple be able to spot 3rd party parts?
Most likely not. Not on first glance at least. If a knowledgeable Genius went into the back and thoroughly inspected it though, that might be a whole different story.
 

jarron

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cowboom.com is a best buy liqudation site. iPhone 4 devices are going for $269, $279 on Verizon and AT&T, respectivily.
 

JCCL

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Might be cheaper to put an OEM case back, and then take it back to apple. You might end up paying aroud 300 this way.
 

Lugnutz

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Jan 22, 2012
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I won my iPhone 4 on auction on eBay for $281. It was listed as used but looks brand new and it even came with an Otterbox. I've seen some buy it now deals for around $300.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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Used iPhone 4 sells on eBay/CL for $275-$350 depending on the condition, storage capacity, etc. They are asking far too much at $700. That's over retail price for a brand new, unopened 4 at the Apple store.
 

antman2295

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Nov 30, 2010
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Used iPhone 4 sells on eBay/CL for $275-$350 depending on the condition, storage capacity, etc. They are asking far too much at $700. That's over retail price for a brand new, unopened 4 at the Apple store.
^ This, iPhone 4's are going for about $275-$300 where I live.