Original iPhone = New iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AJsAWiz, May 26, 2008.

  1. AJsAWiz macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2007
    If you have ever taken you iPhone in for repairs, chances are they just replaced it. Now here is the $64,000 question.

    If the original iPhones are no longer available, what happens when you take it in for repairs. Will they give you the newer model (being released soon)? ;)
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    If you take it in six months from now. There have been two threads on this in the past two days. Apple has hundreds of 1G iPhones. You will get one of those until they are gone.
  3. Mikey B macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

    Jan 4, 2008
    the island
    Apple surely has plenty of refurbs, it will be awhile before they fun out and have to replace a defective 1st gen with a new one. Eventually, but I doubt any time soon.
  4. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    They will NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, replace an older gen iPhone with a newer gen one.
    If you have a 5G iPod still under AppleCare and bring it in, you're not going to get an iPod Classic. If they don't have any 5G iPods in the store, they're going to send it in and get you one.
  5. SamoanDude macrumors regular

    May 22, 2008
    United States Now
  6. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Shhhh........Stop making sense. ;)

    Maybe I'll bring in my old iBook G3 and ask them to give me a shiny new MacBook....
  7. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Well, I know from experience thats not the case with Macs.
  8. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    do you think they'd give me a classic for my 5.5G video?
  9. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR

    AppleCare will only extend up to 3 years, and I find it hard to believe that Apple would run out of any replacement products in that time.
  10. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    Exactly. Dell has a 5-year window on their extended warranties. They plan their parts availability around that timeframe. Apple has done the same thing.
  11. theotherguy macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Applecare for iPhone is only 2 years

    -not 3 like for computers.

    I think they would, after a few months as mentioned above. I've had a new nano replaced for a broken-down first gen one. After all, they can't just keep broken or refurb 1st gen iPhones around indefinitely. My guess is they would try & fix it first to get rid of all those 1st gen parts, then after that start handing out new ones.

  12. jimmer-uk macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2008
    My 3g ipod was replaced with a 5.5g. Not saying thisis the norm but it does happen
  13. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    ya, my photo was replaced with a 5.5g because it broke like 5 times, I had to call apple.
  14. friekunater macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2008
    so I bought an 8gb iPod touch from Walmart and got a 2/3 yr warranty (can't remember which) through them. if I returned it to them after the new iPod touches come out (please be soon!) for repairs, what would they do/give me? how about if I returned it to Apple? I'm still under the 1yr parts replacement thing...
  15. onlycopunk macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2008
    Wal-mart will pull it from their stock which they get from Apple. This happened when my 3G ipod broke and I returned it to Best Buy because I had the extended warranty. Best Buy sent me a refurb of the exact same generation iPod even though it was 2+ years since that version had been released.
  16. benmrii macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2007
    It definitely will not. 1 in 5,000 might get the mistake/odd and about-to-be-in-trouble Mac Genius who replaces a faulty one with an upgraded iPhone.

    That's a different story mostly because computers can be repaired piece by piece. On the occasions when a computer is actually all-out replaced (which doesn't happen often) the computer is replaced with the comparable version. I.e. if I bought a top of the line MacBook two years ago and the MGs decide to replace it they would give me the current top of the line MacBook.

    Because iPods and iPhones are whole product replacement repairs they keep them all on hand as a repair parts. For example, over five years after the first version of the iPod, replacements were still on hand for "repairs."
  17. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Sometimes Apple will replace an older item with a newer item.

    To plan on this is foolish as it is a rare event.
  18. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    on iphones, buying applecare extends the warranty to two years, not three.
  19. Musicmadnessash macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2008
    well I got an ipod mini which broke on the 11th month. Got it replaced with the nanoi which also broke 10months later, got that replaced with a blue nano. Each was new and off the shelf. So maybe they will change them.
  20. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
    they will refurbish any returned (like ipods) and replace others with them, you can still get a replacement G1 ipod if you get a battery repair.
  21. Anuba macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    Really? I have a 3-year business support deal on my two Dell machines, and had bad luck with one of them and had it repaired three times. They said if anything more would happen, I'd get a brand new machine, so I asked if I'd get exactly the same one. They said no, and explained their policy:

    If components or the entire computer will have to be replaced, they will replace it with the current offering that's closest to your discontinued product. E.g. if your 80 GB drive breaks down, and the smallest they currently offer on new machines is 100 GB, you'll get a 100 GB drive. If your Precision M65 laptop (discontinued) breaks down beyond repair, you'll get a Precision M4300 (which uses a later generation Intel CPU and motherboard, has higher bus speed etc).

    This was Dell Sweden, so I don't know if their policy differs from that of Dell US, but...
  22. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Gawd, how many times have I told this story? Bought mid-level MB Aug '07 and developed small scratches about 2 weeks later, MG's said cosmetic. Scratches addressed several months later with Store Manager, after email questionnaire filled out describing my trying to sell my MB, and Apple Store repairing screen for $600 plus tax, so my $1200 MB is now worth 1/2 its value, if I tried to sell it now. SM gave me a choice of MB to replace my screen damaged MB, so I chose the BlackBook 2.4 Penryn, since they couldn't configure the MB for my specs. This applies only to my MB, and not the iPhone. Thanks AppleCare! Thanks Apple! :p
  23. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    That ought to last about 30 seconds :p

    Once the new model comes out, chances are you will not recieve the 3g one if you bring yours in for repair. Eventually you might, meaning months after release.
  24. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007

    Yes, really. You say they *said* it. They didn't actually DO it. I had one hell of a screwed up laptop which they had done six on-site repair calls on. I can say from personal experience that not once was there ever any indication that they had any intention of replacing it. At one point they were thinking about replacing the entire computer but didn't have any built ones of the same model at all (it was 3 years old at that point). So, they rescinded their replacement intention and decided to repair it on-site once again. I've been down this road more times than I care to remember with Dell. They may have told you something but, in this context, that's about equivalent of an AT&T rep telling you that the new iPhone will be out next Tuesday.
  25. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    There have been many anecdotal reports of equipment replacement but most of those came years ago with known issues with certain products. Apple seems to be far less generous these days.

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