I believe I have Apple's first refurbished iPhone 5

Maverick1337

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Just returned my iPhone 5 to Apple and the lady said I shouldn't get a refurb because it's so early. However, my launch day iPhone 5 serial number began with C39J and now this one is F2LJ. I'm kind of bummed I didn't get a new one but a refurb. Has anyone replaced their iPhone 5 and gotten a same/different serial as their previous?
 

RocketMan76

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Just returned my iPhone 5 to Apple and the lady said I shouldn't get a refurb because it's so early. However, my launch day iPhone 5 serial number began with C39J and now this one is F2LJ. I'm kind of bummed I didn't get a new one but a refurb. Has anyone replaced their iPhone 5 and gotten a same/different serial as their previous?
Why on earth does it matter, and how in the hell do you know what a refurbed serial number is vs. any other serial number?
 
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ProMod

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My launch day phone's serial number begins with F2. You didn't get a refurb.
 
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Akash.B

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You don't have a refurbished phone. Apple carries a separate stock of replacement phones in white boxes
 
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Maverick1337

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You guys are making me feel a lot better now. I don't know why I was a little bummed, I shouldn't care but maybe it isn't a refurb after all.
 
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BigRingIt

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Mine is F2LJ and it was ordered at 12am on the 14th and received on the 21st.

Reason they give you a phone in a white box because they aren't giving you the headphone and cables again. You are suppose to continue to use the original set you got from your original phone.
 
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doc shivers

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Jul 24, 2012
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who gives a ****? if it was a refurb it probably just needed a replacement anodized aluminum back or antenna from one of the idiots who went through 6 phones to find a flawless one.
 
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7DSniper

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It's not a refurb, it's to early for refurbs. Apple has shipped the store replacement phones. It is more cost efficient for you to keep all of your accessories and they just give you a new phone. No need to worry it is a brand new phone.
 
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JayLenochiniMac

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Serial numbers are different and it came in a plain white replacement box. I would assume this indicates a refurb.
Not necessarily. It can only be a refurb if it had a former life as a brand new iPhone and they refurbished it. At this point, all white box replacement iPhone 5 are new phones and it'll take about two months or so for them to get enough returned iPhone 5 to build up a stock of refurbished iPhone 5, which can then go in the white box or be sold through the Apple store.
 
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NismoRoadster

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Mar 16, 2011
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Just returned my iPhone 5 to Apple and the lady said I shouldn't get a refurb because it's so early. However, my launch day iPhone 5 serial number began with C39J and now this one is F2LJ. I'm kind of bummed I didn't get a new one but a refurb. Has anyone replaced their iPhone 5 and gotten a same/different serial as their previous?
Not a referb, mine says also says F2L, got mine pre order. It's their new numbering system.
 
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alexander25

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Jul 17, 2012
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Serial numbers are different and it came in a plain white replacement box. I would assume this indicates a refurb.
probably just replacement phones.

no way in 1 week did they have enough time (including shipping the phones back to a facility to get checked) to fix the phone and send it back to the apple store
 
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iamthekiller

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Serial numbers are no indication whatsoever of refurb or not.

Plain box iPhones at the Apple store are original, factory phones meant as replacements.
 
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