Does best buy replace iPhones?

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  1. crazydrumma macrumors regular

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    So, Best buy is currently selling refurbished iPhones for a discounted price, and they come with a one year warranty. I'm wondering if this is a good deal, since I've heard good and bad things about best buy's warranty. If I buy this phone from best buy, can I take it to the genius bar if I have problems? Or do I need to take it to best buy? Has anyone experienced any problems with this?
     
  2. AHDuke99 macrumors 68020

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    You probably just take it to Apple like every one else. The phones bought at AT&T go through Apple for replacements or support.
     
  3. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    I purchased my 3G at Best Buy and my Classic at AT&T. The classic had to be sent to Apple, who replaced it, when the wifi connection and battery went bad. I have not had any issues with the 3G (other then 3.0 related) and so have not had to take it in. When I purchased it, they told me to take it back there when/if there were any problems.

    Of course you could just use your iPhone and "CALL" them and ask instead of getting 50 different answers in a thread...Just my opinion:rolleyes:
     
  4. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    Your welcome, since I told you about the Best Buy option in the other thread. :)

    In the US, all iPhone warranty is covered directly by Apple. The $50 discount at Best Buy is not that great a deal. For only $50 more you get a brand new phone. So it comes down to a personal choice. Also, the $149 / $249 pricing at Best Buy is only for new activations or eligible upgrades.

    I would double check the 1-year warranty claim with Best Buy, get it in writing since AT&T recently changed their policy on the refurbished iPhone 3G. AT&T now only insures that you will get the remaining warranty based on the original iPhone 3G activation by the original purchaser (not you).

    Dave
     
  5. crazydrumma thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, Dave. do appreciate it. I am not too worried about the "brand new" phone aspect, since a lot of refurbished products go through more quality control than the new ones, and I am definitely about saving money. As for the warranty, this is what bestbuy.com says:

    "All refreshed iPhones include Best Buy 1-year limited warranty, Geek Squad® setup and original accessories (built-in rechargeable battery, USB power adapter, dock connector, stereo headset, cleaning cloth, SIM eject tool, user's guide)."
     
  6. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    The Classic doesn't have Wifi and why the heck would you buy an iPod classic from AT&T?
     
  7. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    The poster was trying to say that they had purchased an original iPhone at AT&T and an iPhone 3G at Best Buy. Since Apple can't be consistent on naming you can't expect customers the keep the names all straight. :eek:

    Dave
     
  8. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    Make sure that you understand that the "refreshed" iPhone 3G from Best Buy is not and Apple "Refubished" iPhone 3G. Again make sure that you understand the warranty and get the facts in writing at the Point of Sale.

    They are Best Buy customer returns in the 30 day usage window. If you are interested in unlocking make sure that it does not have OS 2.2.1 with Baseband 2.30 since Baseband 2.30 is not Unlockable using yellowsn0w.

    Dave
     
  9. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Apple never called the iPhone a classic. Here are the names:

    iPod classic (the only iPod ever called "classic")
    iPod touch (not iTouch)
    iPod nano
    iPod shuffle
    iPhone (AKA First Generation iPhone)
    iPhone 3G (however, only "iPhone" is displayed on the back)

    How is that not consistent?
     
  10. SFC Archer macrumors 68000

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    L:DM:DA:DO!!!

    Thanks for the help Dave!

    Spaz...after two years of posting and seeing each others posts, disagreeing on some things and agreeing on others but still seeing ALL of my posts...you should know by now that I have ALWAYS called the original iPhone "The Classic" since the release of the 3G. I will ALWAYS call it "The Classic" because it it the original and will always have a different look and is the reason the majority of us are here.

    The Classic is a fitting name for the very first original iPhone whether you like it or not.

    Thanks for the laugh:D:D:D
     
  11. crazydrumma thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess the reason I posed the question was for individual's experiences, not the company's hogwash.
     
  12. sparkyms macrumors 65816

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    Then why do you often refer to the 'iPhone' as "2G iPhone". Why be a douche and nitpick over something you DEFINITELY understood in the first post it was mentioned in this thread.

    Picking something like that out does not make you better than anyone.
    Yay for internet heroes.
     
  13. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    I did it for the same reason I would if someone calls the iPod touch the 'iTouch'. It's not a real name. For the record, I rarely refer to the iPhone as the 2G iPhone.
     
  14. mavis macrumors 68040

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    What freakin' difference does it make what someone calls their iDevice?!?! If I say iTouch, you know EXACTLY what I mean. If someone says iPhone Classic, again - no confusion. Find something worth caring about, spaz. :rolleyes:
     
  15. crazydrumma thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, how about those applephones? iCalls? podPhones? :rolleyes:
     
  16. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    If someone called their car a Civica or Escorto, you wouldn't correct them?
     

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