How to know if your new iPhone is really brand new?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kot, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. kot macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2011
    I'm considering to buy an iPhone 5 and this store where I want to buy it, a salesperson there says all the iphones they sell are unwrapped, because before they are sold to end customers they are tested for scuffs and scratches and other problems.

    Is there a way for me to know that the one they are selling to me is really new and was just tested, not that some guy unwrapped it, used it for a couple of mohths, and then put it on sale as a "new" one?
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Alarm bells would go off in my head if I was offered an unwrapped phone as new. Is there a reason that you want to buy from that particular shop?
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    it will still have the cable and earbuds still factory wrapped under it plus the screen protector will still be on the screen with no fingerprints.

    obvious answer is obvious. i can understand a store checking for defects, but no reason to "test" them. and to do that, theres no need to remove the screen protector.
  4. kot thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2011
    Well, they are the fastest to deliver, I live in a really small town. They say they test them in their distribution center and I can receive my iPhone tomorrow and the delivery is free.


    Could the screen protector be reattached later in a way that it's impossible to say if it had been removed previously?
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    1. You cannot be sure it hasn't been used. But then if these guys give you a good deal (there are really no good deal with Apple products but I leave that to you), then if everything works and they give you a 30+ money back, no question asked warranty, and you are comfortable with them, what does it matter?

    2. WHAT IS THE $%&^# HURRY? I think the initial rush is calmed down, so is gonna take another week, is that a big deal? Look, when you buy from Apple, if you own any other new Apple product before, they come wrapped in boxes like jewelries. Seems silly but that's a unique "Apple Experience."
  6. kot thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2011
    Thanks. I think I 'm going to cancel the order and drive to the big city to buy one, still in wraps. ) Just wanted to save on gas.


    Lol, just called them, asked to cancel my order, they asked why, I told them I didn't really need a used phone. They tried to reassure me that it would be new, but I insisted. Then the girl on the line told me she'd put a comment in my order that the customer wanted the phone still wrapped. She told me she hoped they would deliver a wrapped box to me. We'll see.
  7. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
  8. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Shrink wrapping a box is SUPER easy.
  9. kot thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2011
    But it must also be factory sealed with a special seal.
  10. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    a screen protector can be reapplied but it will never look the same again
  11. Armagoden macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Check whether is there any applications installed rather than pre installed applications or check the talk time. If he had flash the phone, this idea won't be work.
  12. iPh0neTy, Dec 14, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2012

    iPh0neTy macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2012
    You can replace a device under warranty and replace the factory plastic but you can't reset the 365 day warranty. Type in the serial at Once it's activated the warranty starts counting down. If its brand new and never activated it will read the device you have entered has not been activated.

    If it's warranty has started it's not brand new. If it hasn't started then its new. You can also get an idea of how long ago it was activated if the warranty has started because the warranty will expire exactly 365 days after the first activation so if it says it expires on Dec 10, 2013 then it's only a few days since it was activated and you could safely say its new or reasonably close to new

    Also make sure that the phone's serial matches the box
  13. sim667 macrumors 65816

    Dec 7, 2010
    Basically they're lying.

    Theyre not fake iphones are they? We get fakes in the UK.
  14. kot thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2011
    What if the one who used it didn't activate it at all? Just used it unactivated.

    I don't think so. I'm pretty sure those are genuine. But that doesn't mean one of their employees could not use the phone while it was still in the warehouse.
  15. weidmark macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2010
  16. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    I would NEVER consider buying from someone who opens the boxes to "check" them. I want to open the factory sealed box myself. And if there are any issues I'll handle it with apple myself. I've never heard of such a thing. And it's total BS. Who is the retailer? (Sorry if u already posted it..I didn't read every post)
  17. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I would steer clear of them.
  18. kot thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2011
    A major one (in my country). :) They have a store in my town.

    Well anyway, I called them and threatened to cancel the order and after a brief conversation with her superiors the girl agreed to deliver me an unopened box. So I got one still factory sealed and opened it myself. All is well ;-P, as it seems, my unit was assembled just three weeks ago and came with iOS 6.0.1 factory preinstalled. Also the service and support coverage check shows my purchase date is valid.

    Now i'm a happy owner of an iPhone 5 :p No scuffs or scratches.

    Thanks everyone. Seems like I was extremely worried over trivial matters.
  19. SnowLeopard OSX macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    You know it's brand new by being able to unbox it. Otherwise, there's no way of really knowing.

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