iPhone Repair Scam?

WargWalker

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Original poster
Jul 22, 2017
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Am I being scammed, or am I just a dumbass?

Sent my water damaged iphone into iFixIt, seems like a legit company.

They email me back saying they couldn't fix it / power it on.

They offered me $25 for it, a fair price for a dead iphone.

But where it got fishy is they asked me to remove the phone from my iCloud account.

Why would this matter if it's broken? How can they tell I haven't removed it from my account if it doesn't even turn on?

Any insight would be helpful!

Thanks : )
 

Applejuiced

macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
That's not fishy.
If they try to use some components from the phone and repair or replace parts they don't want it iCloud locked and unusable obviously.
Or just ask them for the device and give back the cash if you don't feel comfortable with the offer.
 
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Relentless Power

macrumors Nehalem
Jul 12, 2016
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That's probably just the standard request for any phone they can't fix or find it's uneconomical to repair. I wouldn't worry about it.
True. And when you trade in a device to any carrier, they also have the same requirements where iCloud has to be removed/deactivated.
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I wasn't aware that iFixIt did repairs.
They also have repair guides and tools for purchase. They have a lot of notoriety and they are very detailed in their tear downs.
 
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Thaddeuz

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Jun 6, 2017
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Lol you can easly sell a dead iPhone yourself for atleast $100.
25 is a ripoff really. I would give you 50 for it lol
 
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Applejuiced

macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
40,672
6,531
At the iPhone hacks section.
Lol you can easly sell a dead iPhone yourself for atleast $100.
25 is a ripoff really. I would give you 50 for it lol
Hey I have a dead iphone 4.
You think I can easily sell it for at least $100?
How are you even throwing offers out on a water dead iphone without even knowing what model, what carrier its for or what kind of damage it has?
 

geoff5093

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Sep 16, 2014
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Dover, NH
Am I being scammed, or am I just a dumbass?

Sent my water damaged iphone into iFixIt, seems like a legit company.

They email me back saying they couldn't fix it / power it on.

They offered me $25 for it, a fair price for a dead iphone.

But where it got fishy is they asked me to remove the phone from my iCloud account.

Why would this matter if it's broken? How can they tell I haven't removed it from my account if it doesn't even turn on?

Any insight would be helpful!

Thanks : )
Did they give you a quote on the initial repair? I'm curious why you'd even bother trying to fix a water damaged iPhone 4.
 
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