Open question to anyone regarding replacement serial numbers

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  1. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    In all of my replacements, the serial number has been 5K or 61. Same with a lot of people here. I was just tweeting @ArnoldKim (Arn on here) and he received a replacement for an AT&T 8816 replacement number.

    Has anyone received a number like that in the last few weeks?

    Thanks
     
  2. mastaofdisasta macrumors member

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    5K indicates a refurbished phone. I just got one today.
     
  3. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I know that, just wondering if anyone has ever received a replacement of 88
     
  4. barkingDog macrumors regular

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    At the end of April (a little more than a few weeks ago, yeah) I received an 84.

    My other (2) replacements more recently have been 5K though. Man, I've had some rotten luck with iPhones this year! Sigh.
     
  5. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    How was the 84?
     
  6. jg2693 macrumors newbie

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    Seriously? That's luck. I received 2 replacement phones via advanced replacement, both 5K with yellow screens both.. I'm done trying to get a phone with proper quality control so I'm just stuck living with a phone with a dodgy home button, pathetic.
     
  7. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Both 61 and 5K have yellow tints but the 88 or 84 do not. So I'm going into Apple tomorrow to request a replacement that starts with 8. Called Applecare and they said I can do this and gave me a case number too.
     
  8. barkingDog macrumors regular

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    Not a problem, whatsoever. My "favorite" one of all, actually -- including over the original one purchased (new) last summer.

    What exactly does the term "favorite" imply in this context? Loosely, I would say:


    • Screen Hue was beautiful
    • Battery life seemed exceptional
    • All buttons were tight and responsive
    The 5K(s) suffer a bit on my first 2 points above, but not the 3rd -- the buttons are fine.

    Not a real big deal -- and don't get me wrong here: I'm not whining about the 5K replacement(s). But y'know how it is: when you're in a situation whereby one has two identical device models to compare within weeks of each other -- one can't help but notice some slight differences.


    Kudos though, as they've all been cosmetically clean as a whistle on the surface. They look like they're pulled out of a retail box. Sparkling clean -- as Apple always does -- with the new glass/antenna band/etc.

    I'm just chiming in since you brought it up. :)
     
  9. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thought so. Thank you very much for replying. Gonna request either a 84 or 88.
     
  10. barkingDog macrumors regular

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    Welcome...

    I did request a non-5K model on a return a few weeks back, but that's all there was to choose from. :(

    Hope you get a winner.
     
  11. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    You did request one? Well what I am going to do is request either a 88 or 84 and if they don't have one, I will just ask to get on a waiting list until they receive one. Done that before.
     
  12. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Not true.

    I just had my iPhone 4 exchanged on Monday and it is an 88 model and its very yellow/warm (but I personally don't care).

    [​IMG]
     
  13. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Dang, how can you tell?
     
  14. bigbro1096 macrumors 6502a

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    I had my phone replaced, idk when, and the serial number starts out as 6Q051. Does that mean it's refurbished or anything?
     
  15. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Im not sure, I'm talking about AT&T models
     
  16. iNetGuyR macrumors newbie

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    I have a replacement and it starts with a J. Anyone else seen that?
     
  17. saving107, Jun 19, 2011
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    saving107 macrumors 603

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    It was very obvious from the moment I got it, but my friend has an iPhone 4 and my sister has an iPod touch (4th gen) and when I compare them side-by-side their models are obviously more cooler.

    Edit:

    [​IMG]
     
  18. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Bummer, still worth a try though. I can always just keep my current phone if the 84/88 is worse.
     
  19. bigbro1096 macrumors 6502a

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    Mine is an AT&T model.
     
  20. AndrewR23 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    In the US? Yellow tint?
     
  21. jg2693 macrumors newbie

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    That looks horrible. There is light bleeding all over that display! That's a defect no doubt.
     
  22. bigbro1096 macrumors 6502a

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    AT&T, but no yellow tint. This one though has a backplate that is loose and when you press on it it clicks. My first iPhone 4 did that too.
     
  23. mastaofdisasta, Jun 20, 2011
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    mastaofdisasta macrumors member

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    I don't know I had an 88 and I thought the display was not only yellow but of lower quality. It was the whole reason why I replaced it and got a 5K one. It was still yellow, but overall the display looks much better. Plus I kinda dig the warmer hue actually. The 5K models ain't bad.
     
  24. crazytiger86 macrumors 6502

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    Also have an 88 phone. Also very yellow/warm. Don't care and I kind of like it. It is because it is an IPS display vs. a "blue" TN display. See the video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcNiR5A4-d0

    With all due respect, sir, it seems as if you're kind of finicky about getting a "perfect" quality iPhone. (http://forums.macrumors.com/search.php?searchid=23644943). I'd say dont try to hard about trying to find a perfect phone because you'll always be disappointed.
     
  25. EnchantedPlague macrumors member

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    I got a replacement through the advanced replacement service using my apple care. It had a 88 serial number, but was obviously used (scratches and SHSH blobs had been saved from old firmware). The screen was also yellow. Went in to an apple store to complain, they gave me another one, started with 5K and has a beautiful white screen and works great. Only complaint is the home button is loose compared to the one I had before, but I rather have that then a yellow screen.
     

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