How to tell if refurb?

ijon01

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Is there a way to tell if a 5S is new or refurb, I had a replacement from Three about two weeks after I had my original one, the replacement was in normal retail packaging and all sealed.


Would they hold refurb stock?
 

localboy28

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Jul 27, 2010
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If its normal retail packaging sealed it's not a refurb.

Refurbs generally come in a box on their own
 

barkomatic

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My retail packaged iPhone had a few scratches on it and over a year later the SIM card slot failed. It was replaced with a refurb that was in better condition than the original. Pristine in fact. I wouldn't worry either way.
 

Mrfatboy

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Dec 15, 2008
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Is there a way to tell if a 5S is new or refurb, I had a replacement from Three about two weeks after I had my original one, the replacement was in normal retail packaging and all sealed.


Would they hold refurb stock?

You can tell by the serial number. I believe Refurbs start with a 'F'. Google for sure.
 

SestoElemento

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Apr 10, 2014
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Refurbished i devices except the iphone have their own box which is different from the normal retail box. I expect the iphone refurbs. to have their own as well.
 

eyoungren

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Just to be totally clear on this…The white boxes are a mix of refurb and new. Apple takes a certain amount of each and boxes them and then sends them out to the Apple stores. So, you could get new, or you could get refurb. It's all chance.

Either way, the refurbs are just as good if not better than new. Apple replaces the casing entirely, tests the parts and replaces any ones that fail. They then run the phone through the same tests the new phones go through. And refurb comes with the same warranty.