iPhone original (2007) battery replacement and service

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  1. bender644 macrumors member

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    I have an original iPhone (yes, the original, and I'm perfectly happy with it for my needs :D).

    I looked online, and they have a couple of options upon entering my serial number. One is for battery replacement and the other is some sort of service, to the tune of $150.

    I am in Canada and since the iPhone was never brought here, the Apple store doesn't support it, so I'd have to go to the US somewhere. I was told that they still do the replacement; the guy called a store in Buffalo.

    I want to know for sure. Do they still do it? I looked online, and it seems as though if I were to do it myself, the case is most certainly going to suffer a little (i.e. it's never going to look as good as it was before the repair). Since this is the case, I assume that after paying 80 bucks for a battery replacement, I'm not going to get shipped back my iPhone with a case that's suffered.

    So what do they do? Do they replace the whole casing? How about if I pay 150? Do they replace the glass?

    One risk is that the iPhone is 5 years old and works perfectly and its passed the test. I'm afraid if I send it in, it might create some problems (these are people doing this after all and I don't know how many original iPhones they do anymore...).

    I'm not sure if I can even call Apple from Canada to have them answer my questions.

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. miss.manson macrumors 6502a

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  3. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure Apple will still carry out this service. I think what happens is that they replace your device completely with a refurbished model of the same spec (which has a brand new battery and back casing), and your phone will go off to be refurbished at a later date.

    The options Apple gives you is a Battery Replacement ($79+ shipping)
    Or a full out-of-warranty service ($199) - which I assume is for physically damaged/broken iPhones (water damage, manufacturing defects, etc)

    I'd go with the simple battery replacement in this case.

    A quick glance at the iFixit guide:
    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installing-iPhone-1st-Generation-Battery/448/1
    Tells me that replacing the battery yourself is going to be pretty tricky, but doable.

    It's just up to you to decide where the costs/benefits of an Apple/User replacement balance out - and then to go with the option that suits best.


    It's getting old and worn out after well over four years on the road.
     
  4. bender644 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies. Yes, the battery isn't very good anymore.

    That is an interesting point you make. If apple just gives you a refurbished one, which will look pretty new (I presume the case and screen are pretty new, if not new) then can one not just buy a used original iPhone from, go to the Apple store, request them to replace the battery and just get a refurbished one that looks close to new?

    Seems like it's doable, for only 79 bucks. I happen to be completely ok with the original (don't use data) and in fact prefer it. There's something appealing about it.
     

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