Is there a way to tell the difference between an iPhone 4 and 4S?

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  1. saintforlife macrumors 6502a

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    Let's say you are buying an iPhone 4S from somebody on Craigslist. How can you tell the difference between the 4S and an iPhone 4?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  3. forcetactic macrumors 6502

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    4S will have 4 black bands total AND a sim card slot.

    4 will have 3 bands and sim card slot or 4 bands no sim card slot
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Count the antenna breaks a look for a SIM card slot. An iPhone 4S has four breaks and a SIM slot. A CDMA iPhone 4 has four breaks, but no SIM slot. A GSM iPhone 4 has three breaks and a SIM card slot.
     
  5. Electric turd macrumors member

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    is it a verizon or at&t iphone? the at&t has 3 breaks in the band around the side, the 4s has 4. The verizon iphone 4 has 4 breaks also but it doesnt have the global icons on the lower half of the back
     
  6. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Holding the home button for 3 seconds will also let you know very quickly.
     
  7. Hexiii macrumors 65816

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    He appearently does not have it yet.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Not if Siri is turned off.
     
  9. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    These are all true, but the fastest method is to just look by the headphone jack.

    The 4 has a black band break right by the jack. The 4S does not.
     
  10. Electric turd, Jun 15, 2012
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    The verizon iphone 4 doesnt have the break there
     
  11. NewAnger macrumors 6502a

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    The Verizon 4S DOES have a sim card slot on the right side.
     
  12. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Good point.

    The existence of that CDMA iPhone 4 ruins all the visual methods mentioned here, now that I think about it. (Or, at the very least, makes it very, very confusing. Even if there is a way to tell it now turns into a maze-like "if this and that and this" kind of thing. Best to not get into something like that.)

    OP - You have to fire up the software and look in the 'about' section to really be sure. EDIT: And, yikes, even then it doesn't say by name. Does anyone know how to interpret the 'model number' code listed in there?
     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Or look at the model number printed on the back.
     
  14. Electric turd macrumors member

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    ALL 4S's will have 4 breaks around the bands AND a sim card on the side.
     
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Since the OP is trying to avoid getting scammed, I don't see that checking the most-easily replaced part of the phone helps all that much.

    I know we've gone past the 'sane and simple' methods to the 'insanely specific' methods, but I assume that's why someone would come ask Macruomors posters in the first place!
     
  16. pooleman Suspended

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    Uh, if Siri is on the phone it's a 4S.
     
  17. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Here's a suggestion. The seller should have the original box. If not, you run a higher risk of the phone being stolen. The IMEI/ESN on the box should match that in the phone settings.
     

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