My Black Friday $49 3GS iPhone Refurb arrived today.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by infosprt, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. infosprt macrumors regular

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    Got the $49 Black Friday 3GS Refurb today. It was dirty, had a row of about 10 pixel width burnt out on the screen near the bottom as well as a burn out spot in the middle of the screen.

    I was surprised at the condition and sent in back. Previously I purchased a Refurb 4GB Gen 1 iPhone from Apple and it was in pristine condition. I thought the same would be true for AT&T. Such was not the case.

    I wonder how many other people received a trashy iPhone like I did.
     
  2. Opie macrumors 6502a

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    Hate to hear that. Hope they make it right for you. Apple refurbs are truly in pristine condition. I assumed AT&Ts would be the same. :eek:
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    That doesn't sound too good. I'd take it to the Apple Store and have it replaced; they usually do that immediately.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree. Bring it to apple and have it exchanged. No need to get stuck with a bad iPhone if you're still under Applecare.

     
  5. infosprt thread starter macrumors regular

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    I already sent it back. I'll probably buy a new one.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You gave up too soon :D
    Apple could have taken care of it for you and saved yourself $150 without having to buy a new one that might also have other issues and might need to be exchanged for a refurb unit.
    Sometimes you gotta be lucky with iphones I guess or keep going to Apple till you find one thats acceptable.
     
  7. uneek1 macrumors regular

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    Man thats not good to hear. I also received mine today and so far everything is just fine. No scratches on the phone, nor dead pixels. Only thing I have noticed is my MMS isn't working. I just upgraded from the 2G plan though, so I'm hoping its just a network problem..

    I guess it just depends on who had the phone before they sent it back and how long they had it.

    Hope it all works out in the end for you though!
     
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    The moral of the story is don't get a refurb from AT&T. The standards are not the same as Apple uses for refurbs.
     
  9. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    And you have any proof or inside information that the AT&T refurb process is any different or worst than Apples? As far as we know they might be using the same 3rd party company to refurbish them.
    Or you think all refurb iphones Apple puts out are perfect?


     
  10. nyutnyut macrumors member

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    i got my refurb'd iphone from ATT today, and it was perfect. not a scratch on it, and as far as i can tell. works perfect
     
  11. Surely Guest

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    That sucks dude, but it doesn't surprise me. This isn't the first time that I've heard a story like that.

    Too bad you sent it back so quickly..... I'm sure that if you would have taken it to an Apple Store, they would have swapped it for a (better) refurb.
     
  12. infosprt thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe I'm just unlucky with AT&T refurbs.

    Previously I had a problem with a SONY cell phone (one with a slide out keyboard I forget the model #). It was only around 3 months old and after some hastle, AT&T said they would replace it. The replacement looked like they fished it out of a barrel of broken phones. It was a complete piece of junk. It worked when it came but broke a couple of months later. We replaced it with a no frills $29 Go Phone (actually a very good basic phone).

    I've been with AT&T (previously Cingular) for about 8 years now and am seriously thinking about switching to Verizon when my contracts are up (about a year from now).
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Because of bad luck with phones?
    That can happen on any carrier, no?

     
  14. Surely Guest

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    Why do you comment above the quote?:p

     
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Lol :D
    I dont know, I guess I'll change it now that you mentioned :D
     
  16. uneek1 macrumors regular

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    Lol I was wondering the same thing...I guess its just habit :p
     
  17. Surely Guest

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    Don't change because of me. Who the hell am I? :p


    You should start a new comment-above-the-quote movement.:D

     
  18. lollicup macrumors regular

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    ugh not this again ( reminds me of the guy that said his iphone smelled like poo)

    Don't feed the trolls
     
  19. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm confused. You're calling the OP a troll for sending a phone back to the company after receiving it in less than stellar condition?
     
  20. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Ah.. the irony.. So who's the troll then?
     
  21. millerj123 macrumors 6502a

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    Mine, too.

    Out of 4 refurb devices, I've only had one with problems, and that was replaced in about a week.
     
  22. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    LMAO :D

     
  23. Justin122 macrumors 6502

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    Oh dear lord, this is funny. :p

     
  24. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I support this movement.
     

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