No Serial Number on iPhone 3G Back

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iphonematt, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. iphonematt Guest

    Jul 10, 2007
    I was looking at the print on the back of the iPhone 3G and compared it to the original iPhone and notice there isn't a serial printed on it. I find this rather interesting move on apples part. Whenever I have had my iPhone replaced, they looked at the serial on the back to pull up the info about it. Now they will probably have to go into the about menu. But this brings up another problem. What if the iPhone is completely fried and won't turn on at all? I guess Apple will have to look up the serial by Name or phone number.
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Hang on to your box. at worst case, the serial number is printed on the bottom.

    I have a feeling Apple did this to assist with the refurb process. If I remember right, there were all kinds of problems with refurbs getting new IMEIs and serial numbers. Not printing them on the back allows Apple to swap out external casings without having to worry that the internal numbers don't match the external.
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    They know all about your phone because you are required to activate your phone with them. They can look up when your iPhone was purchased and activated based on your name or phone number.
  4. greenmymac macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Tulsa, Ok
    thats weird
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
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  6. pfish macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2007
    Sacramento Valley, CA
    SIM Card tray

    Use your SIM Card ejector tool to pull the tray out. The serial number and IMEI are printed on that.

  7. Smog macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
    Yeah... i noticed that when switcihng sim cards. Better position IMO.
  8. Lexoticstylez02 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    There's some numbers you can dial and it will give you the serial number. I did this on my first gen a while back and it was correct.
  9. gceo macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    So then it was purely an aesthetic thing? Hidden inside.... nice.
  10. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    iTunes will show you the device serial number even if you lose the box and SIM card.
  11. grayc macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
    Find a serieal number for IPHONE 3gs when dead

    Go to your ITUNEs
    click on "help"
    CLick on "About Itunes"
    An Itunes agreement will appera scrolling down
    Once you see Iphone s/n and numbers hit the space bar. (to pause so you can read the number)
    If you have gone to far down you can hit the shift key to reverse

    Hope this helps


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