I phone 5 IMEI Manufacturing date

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  1. SAS_96 macrumors newbie

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    Apple have agreed to replace my old iPhone 5 with a refurbished model. They emailed me the IMEI numbers, when I checked the new one it listed that the phone was manufactured in January 2017. Wasn't the 5 discontinued in 2013?

    I know refurb phones are not new, but can there be a new IMEI number for a refurbished phone even though its a refurb? Can the IMEI on the back be different to the one listed in the software?

    Thanks.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The IMEI's provided on replacements are brand new. The date provided is the date the device was remanufactured.
     
  3. SAS_96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So I can presume that the IMEI etched on the back is different to the one that is listed on the software?
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    No. Remanufactured devices get new housings.
     
  5. SAS_96 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That makes sense now, thanks.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    No worries.

    I replaced an iPhone 5 in March and I replaced a second iPhone 5 in April. Both IMEIs on the back match what's listed in the Settings app.
     

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