Is there a chance a used iPhone 7 could have been somewhere really disgusting?

Hieveryone

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I was thinking of buying a used iPhone 7 in Swappa.

But my concern is what if the previous owner dropped it in the toilet or something?

Sorry in advance for being grotesque.
 

Relentless Power

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I was thinking of buying a used iPhone 7 in Swappa.

But my concern is what if the previous owner dropped it in the toilet or something?

Sorry in advance for being grotesque.
Well if it was dropped in the toilet, at least you would know it has water damage when you receive it.

Honestly, I doubt that would be a probability of somebody sold you an iPhone That was dropped in the toilet. I would be more concerned of where somebody's hands were before you received it
 

Hieveryone

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Well if it was dropped in the toilet, at least you would know it has water damage when you receive it.

Honestly, I doubt that would be a probability of somebody sold you an iPhone That was dropped in the toilet. I would be more concerned of where somebody's hands were before you received it
Umm the iPhone 7 is water resistant...
 
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michael9891

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Try to buy it in person, then you can give it a good sniff first and decide if it's ok to buy. But don't forget the iPhone 8 will have a much better selfie camera.
 

Hieveryone

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Correct. It is water resistant. But that doesn't mean an iPhone 7 submerged in water will survive. Water resistance is merely an added layer of protection. Search through the iPhone forum and you will see how many iPhone 7's have NOT survived water submersion.
Yeah but what if it was in the toilet for just a min until he fished it out
 

Hieveryone

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Then it may or may not have water damage and may or may not have fecal matter all up in it. Honestly, this should be the least of your worries.
I know of someone who dropped their smartphone in the toilet which is why I ask.

They cleaned it up and still use it.

But my concern is what if someone does that then sells it to me???
 

ANTAWNM26

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I know of someone who dropped their smartphone in the toilet which is why I ask.

They cleaned it up and still use it.

But my concern is what if someone does that then sells it to me???
This some funny ****. Let me create a thread in fear of a iPhone dropped in toilet
 
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LunarFalcon

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Buy it, and if when you see it in person you're still worried, wipe it off with a disinfectant wipe. I think your risk of danger here is extremely low.
 

actcyclist

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The toilet is actually one of the cleaner parts of some people's homes. It could have been in a flea ridden, semen stained bed where the sheets weren't changed for months.
Enjoy
 
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Relentless Power

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LOL!!! I literally laughed out loud. Thank you, sir.

But on a serious note, are refurbished from Apple iPhones at risk??
Replacement iPhones from Apple are not necessarily refurbished. They receive a new display, battery and aluminum casing. The only thing that might be used in a replacement iPhone is the logic board. And yes, they are like new.
 
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joeblow7777

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I was thinking of buying a used iPhone 7 in Swappa.

But my concern is what if the previous owner dropped it in the toilet or something?

Sorry in advance for being grotesque.
Of course there's a chance. How can you expect anyone to say otherwise? If it makes you feel better, do everything in your power (that won't damage it) to disinfect it. But really, there's no telling what's on anything that you touch. Every door handle, staircase rail, piece of fruit at the grocery store, etc. Don't even talk about how many hands money passes through, and the average computer keyboard or mouse has way more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

We're exposed to this stuff all the time, but that's what our immune systems are for.
 

Hieveryone

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Of course there's a chance. How can you expect anyone to say otherwise? If it makes you feel better, do everything in your power (that won't damage it) to disinfect it. But really, there's no telling what's on anything that you touch. Every door handle, staircase rail, piece of fruit at the grocery store, etc. Don't even talk about how many hands money passes through, and the average computer keyboard or mouse has way more bacteria than the average toilet seat.

We're exposed to this stuff all the time, but that's what our immune systems are for.
It just freaks me out to think it could've been in someone's toilet and then on my bed.

Can you really disinfect all of it?

Maybe I'm just being ridiculous idk.
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Replacement iPhones from Apple are not necessarily refurbished. They receive a new display, battery and aluminum casing. The only thing that might be used in a replacement iPhone is the logic board. And yes, they are like new.
I will want a refurbished iPhone 7S haha but of course that will take awhile to come.

The iPhone 7 should come refurbished soon right?

But I don't really want the 7 once the 7S is out.

I'll probably just end up getting a new 7S.
 
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