If I buy iPhone 4 today, can I return if hardware is refreshed Sept. 30th?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by andy0316, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. andy0316 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2010
    My 3g is on its last leg - I have been meaning to purchase an iPhone 4 for quite some time now but antennagate has me on the fence - if I pull the trigger now, with AT&T's 30 day return policy, could I potentially exchange this phone for a new one if the iPhone 4 is in fact refreshed.

    Thanks for the advice in advance, I stress out way too much about Apple product purchases...
  2. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    It would be wise to assume they will NOT release a refresh. Base your purchase off of that. And then remember you have 30 days no matter what to return the phone if you don't like it.
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Technically yes, you could get a exchange. But it's not going to happen because there will be no hardware refresh on the 30th.

    No argument there. ;)
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    You should check with AT&T to see if there are any penalties/restrictions.
  5. celo48 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2010
    I do not think the hardware change/iPhone 5 or whatever Apple will call to make sure the antenna issue will be erased from people's mind will be end of this month. Probably in few months, we will see some sort of "new" something which will separate the new one from iPhone4.
  6. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    they're not going to release new hardware when they're working on iPhone 5 for june next year.
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
  8. StuddedLeather macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2009
    Brooklyn, NYC
    You have 30 days, after your initial purchase, to return it.

    Refresh will not happen. If it does. . . it's a 3% chance. ;)
  9. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
  10. BUFFBOY macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    i just msged steve and yes there will be a hardware update on in sept. refund it now.
  11. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Since there will be no hardware refresh, it's a non issue.
  12. Random Gecko macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2008
    London, England
  13. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    People need to stop focusing on the Sept 30th date, its getting rather annoying with post after post of the same question, should I buy now or wait until sept 30th/Oct 1st.

    Apple chose the date, September 30th, because that is the last day of their 2010 fiscal year and the last day of the financial quarter. At the end of every quarter, Apple (as well as many other companies) have to announce their quarterly earnings and losses, which means that Apple has to decide if they want to continue to loose money and continue to hand out free bumpers and 3rd party cases (wether it cost $1 to make or $29, its still a lose) or if they feel that the media craze has settled enough that they can continue to sell them at $29 price tag, which is why Steve Jobs said during the July Press Conference:

    "For every iPhone 4 purchased through September 30th, we'll re-examine this is september and decide wether to keep going or maybe we'll have a better idea."

    Additional Info:
    United States
    The U.S. government's fiscal year begins on October 1 of the previous calendar year and ends on September 30 of the year with which it is numbered. Prior to 1976, the fiscal year began on July 1 and ended on June 30. The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 stipulated the change to allow Congress more time to arrive at a budget each year, and provided for what is known as the "transitional quarter" from July 1, 1976 to September 30, 1976. As stated above, the tax year for a business is governed by the fiscal year it chooses.
    For example, the United States government fiscal year for 2010 ("FY 2010" or "FY10") is as follows:

    1st Quarter: October 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009
    2nd Quarter: January 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010
    3rd Quarter: April 1, 2010 - June 30, 2010
    4th Quarter: July 1, 2010 - September 30, 2010
  14. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    Yes, return it on Sept 30 since thats when the iphone 5 will come out, white models only.
  15. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
  16. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Thank You.
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  18. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    There will not be a refresh

    Apple will not refresh the iphone 4. This would make millions upset and wanting to exchange their iphone. It would be a PR nightmare for Apple and they would be admitting there was a flaw.
  19. dave420 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    So Apple should refuse to make changes that people are requesting? What about when the next iPhone model comes out, do they have to keep the same flaw to prevent people from complaining? If something is inconveniencing the users then they are within their right to fix it at anytime.
    To the original question, yes you have 30 days to return it. Ignore all the other comments. Yes you can return it in 30 days. Whether you will be able to get a replacement model at that time is another question.
  20. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    That's not what was said above. The iPhone 4, as promoted by Apple has no design flaw. Their messaging - not mine, not the poster above, or anyone else's. They will not redesign the iPhone 4 and release it because that will be a PR nightmare. Any redesign will come with the next iteration of the iPhone. They will either keep the current design or modify it. And that will no doubt cause the media and users to question both old and new designs.

    But with a NEW phone (next iteration) the damage will be far less than re-introducing a revised iPhone4 after the messaging they've put out into the marketplace.

    So in short - never gonna happen. There will be no redesign of the iPhone 4. What comes after is anyone's guess....
  21. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Why not just wait until September 30th? Save yourself some trouble.
  22. jacollins macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    Yeah, something's wrong. I thought common sense wasn't allowed on the Internet. Doesn't the government have filters for that?
  23. NYDiplomat macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2010
    If they don't get it now, than there is no hope.
  24. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2010
    Houston, TX
    The stork only delivers iPhones in the summer months...
  25. ryan0402 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2010
    it will not be the iphone 5 it will just be the iphone 4 and will just have fixed the attenna and all will be normal

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