iPhone 3G Battery Replacement by Apple?

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  1. nad8e macrumors regular

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    I heard a rumor that if take my iPhone 3G to an :apple: store for a ($79?) battery replacement, they will give me a refurb iPhone 3GS. Is this true? :confused:

    I'm curious because my iPhone 3G is no longer responsive at all and I suspect it to be either the logic board or battery. :mad: I've tried everything to get it to boot or respond. It worked when I went to bed, it wouldn't work when I woke up.

    (I'm stuck with a $20 go-phone :( until I decide what to do... I don't need an iPhone 4, I like the 3G/3GS design better.)
     
  2. JD914 macrumors 6502a

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    It's time for you to upgrade and throw that 3G in the garbage.
     
  3. nad8e thread starter macrumors regular

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    Let me know when you want my paypal address to gift to.

    The 3G does what I want it to. I don't want to stick myself in a contract for an iPhone 4.
     
  4. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Right? My 2G and 3G still work perfectly, I don't see why you would spend $300 on a phone if you don't need to. There' no school like the old school.
     
  5. Reach9 macrumors 68020

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    No they don't, i just got a battery replacement for my iPhone 3G. And i got a brand new iPhone 3G back.
     
  6. nad8e thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your feedback!

    I assume they do some type of testing on the phone to ensure it actually is a bad battery versus a bad logic board? I'm not sure which is bad in my case! I'll be happy with a working iPhone and not locked in a contract, don't care which model it is!

    Suppose they will deny helping me due to a cracked digitizer?
     
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    funny how you neglected to mention this in the OP.
     
  8. nad8e thread starter macrumors regular

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    "funny"? I don't get it. :confused:

    The cracks happened a month before the phone stopped working. There are only 2 cracks at the top of the screen, not affecting usability. It's the 3rd replaced screen and I planned to replace it again before I take it to an Apple store.
     
  9. dccorona macrumors 68020

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    they wouldn't deny helping you, but I suppose it is possible that they'd charge you for a replacement instead of a battery replacement ($200 instead of $79), because to make that phone suitable for resale/redistribution, they'd have to spend more to replace the digitizer, not just the battery
     
  10. nad8e thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good point... worth a shot to see what they do! Though, a new digitizer is $5-10 + 15 minutes of labor! :)
     
  11. MichaelGraubart macrumors newbie

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    I have an iPhone 3G, too, but I live in the UK. I have been unable to find any information about whether I can get its battery replaced by Apple in London, or how much it would cost over here. Can someone tell me, please?

    May I make a comment about JD914's unhelpful comment above? It is typical of a certain class of postings in various computer-related or digital-device-related fora. Are people like JD914 just saying 'Hey, folks, I'm richer than you!'? Or is it 'Hey, folks, I've got more money than sense!'? Do they not guess that other people may have actually thought about whether they can afford to upgrade? Or want to? Whatever it is, such comments are not just unhelpful and beside the point; they can be deeply offensive and hurtful.
     
  12. Vaselor macrumors newbie

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    I would try fixit it using ifixit.com. Is quite cheap and replacing the battery isn't very difficult(when I bought my second-hand 3GS I did it in 20 minutes more or less)
    PS: I don't want to spam anything, if it's against the rules, please excuse me, I'm new here.
     
  13. thecurryman macrumors 6502

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    actually, after talking to a friend of mine who works at a local apple store, apparently they will give you a 3gs if they do not have parts available to repair the 3gs.

    Basically, the 3g will be repairable untill 5 years after release, but since apple hasn't produced any 3g or 3g parts in years, they wont have any. However, because of apples policy on phones (which is that the customer will always have to have a phone) and not giving out loner phones, the store will give you the next highest model they have in stock.

    So yes, if you go to the apple store asking for the $79 battery replacement, more than likely you will get a refurb 3gs. If you are very lucky, you will get an ip4
     
  14. joshdammit macrumors 6502

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    And yet you want Apple to upgrade you to a 3GS. For free.

    There have since been five different iPhones created since the 3G (six, if you count the 5C.) It really is time to throw that piece out and get a 4.

    Except hold a charge, apparently.

    Also, if the 3G does what you want it to do, why are you asking around about if you can get a 3GS instead?

    Buy one used on Craigstlist or eBay. Or go with T-Mobile. Oh, you don't want to pay for anything, do you? My misunderstanding.

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    While I would normally agree, nobody is saying any of the words that you're trying to put in our mouths. Owning an archaic phone does not mean you have more sense than money, nor does it have anything to do with being rich. The iPhone 4 is not expensive.

    Telling somebody to throw their phone out and get a newer one is nowhere close to being "offensive" and "hurtful." The OP wants to get more life out of a phone that is way past the point of being on its way out (even if it was working fine for him.) And now that the battery is finally shot on it, it's time to move along and get a newer phone. Not THE NEWEST. Not even the SECOND NEWEST. Or the THIRD NEWEST. Just newer.
     
  15. nad8e thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow I can't believe I never saw this earlier. You must be a real TROLL to go around looking at posts nearly 3 years old to rant about.

    You apparently are unable to read also.

     
  16. joshdammit macrumors 6502

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    And here you are, responding to a comment I made in October of 2013... on March of 2014.

    You must be a real TROLL. ;)
     

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