is my iPhone a refurb?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by galactic732, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. galactic732 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    #1
    Just got an iPhone in the mail. it came in a black box, not a white one.

    serial number is: 5K9130T31R4

    Thanks
     
  2. ZunePod macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
  3. galactic732 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
  4. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

    ouimetnick

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2008
    Location:
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    #4
    If the serial number begins with 5K then it's a refurbished. So yes you do have a refurbished iPhone. All refurbished iPhones include a new battery and outer shell as well as the replaced parts. Besides the different SN there is no way to find out if it's a refurbished iPhone or new iPhone.
     
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

    Interstella5555

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2008
    #5
    The real question is, were you expecting a new phone?
     
  6. galactic732 thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    #6
    not really, but every now and then i hear about people getting new phones instead of refurbs.
     
  7. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2008
  8. Aaleck macrumors 6502a

    Aaleck

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    #8
    Is your phone new or did you get it replaced?
     
  9. theDUB macrumors 6502a

    theDUB

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    Location:
    SLT, CA
    #9
    So part of the refurb process is assigning the phone a new serial number?
     
  10. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

    likemyorbs

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2008
    Location:
    NJ
    #10
    i just got a refurb first gen. iphone as a replacement. i think they used the screens from the new iphones when they refurbish the old model because the screen has a bit of a yellow tint like the new ones.
     
  11. dave006 macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
    #11
    Yes for an Apple refurb, it gets a new serial number that starts with 5K but not in the case of the AT&T refurbs or the Best Buy refurbs.

    Dave
     
  12. dave006 macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
    #12
    While not an exact science, you can often tell based on the activation date, which is reflected by the warranty end date.

    For example if you look up the Thread Starter's serial number you will see the APP expires on July 17, 2010 while the phone support is indicating that it ends on April 7, 2011. A clear sign the refurb was activated today.

    Dave
     

Share This Page