Can you still tell if an iPhone is refurbished?

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  1. reclusive46 macrumors 65816

    reclusive46

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    I just got my White iPhone replaced. I want to know if its refurbished or not. Anyone have any idea?

    87119 was my original and my new one was 88116

    So wasn't my orginal from week 19 and the new one week 16? So would a replaced one really be refurbished considering the original I got was on release date and the one I just got was made even before that?
     
  2. jonrando macrumors 6502a

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    I think replacements are usually new. Apple doesn't sell reurbished iPhones, only the carriers do.
     
  3. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

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    If it's anything how they refurbish the computers, then no you, it should look brand new.
     
  4. jonrando macrumors 6502a

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    They don't have refurbished iPhones on their site.
     
  5. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    Sawps are usually refurbs unless its within the first 30 days. Nothing to worry about though, apple refurbs are top quality.
     
  6. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    Slightly incorrect. Refurbished phones are not provided by Apple as a replacement. Remanufactured phone are. There is a big difference between the two.
    Most people merely confuse them.
    And yes, the re-man's are good quality.
     
  7. walie macrumors 6502a

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    i beg to differ, my replacement iPhone's WiFi was so bad it couldn't even pick up the wireless network in the Apple store
     
  8. mikelegacy macrumors 65816

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    So you got the one in a million. Apple re-mans are almost ALWAYS as good as new.
     
  9. reclusive46 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Does the phone get a new serial number when it is remanufactured?
     
  10. Diode macrumors 68020

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    Yes - Genius store replacements start with 5K
     
  11. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    We were at the apple store the other week and my husband was getting his 3GS replaced and they told us that they never refurb iPhones.
    So I would say you don't have a refurbed iPhone.
     
  12. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Very true well depending on what you class as refurbished!
     
  13. srxtr macrumors 6502a

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    My first iPhone, the iPhone 3G, I bought was a refurbished that I bought for $99
     
  14. AppleTech22 macrumors 6502

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    I have never had a single problem with an refrub from Apple, if your iPhone is.
     
  15. libertysat macrumors regular

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    Apple store replaced my 4-5 month old verizon iphone and I had to sign a doc acknowledging I was getting a not new one - don't remember (or care) what "re" they called it

    It was perfect condition and I am grateful they replaced it for me

    btw
    My replacement serial # is C8R**********
     
  16. reclusive46 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My previous iPhone was unlocked. Will this one automatically be unlocked?
     
  17. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    That's something a Genius would know, and you could also check with your carrier about Unlocking in-store if it isn't when you get it.
     
  18. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Usually in store replacements are refurbished. If they tell you it's new, it's only because they know that's what you want to hear.
     
  19. briankeating macrumors newbie

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    Refurbished Telecom Equipment

    Hey my I phone had got damaged so I got it refurbished now it looks good it kind of got a new life.
     
  20. Futhark macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I paid to have my iPhone 4 unlocked and was worried I'd loose this when they replaced it so I asked this very question. The new phone will be unlocked too.
     
  21. Diode macrumors 68020

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    Yes - Apple notes which phones are unlocked so the genius should unlock the next one as a replacement.
     
  22. thunderbunny macrumors 6502a

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    Are not all UK iPhones unlocked, at least those direct from Apple?
     

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