Quality Issues - Retail vs. Carrier

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Spidder, Oct 7, 2013.


Retail vs. Carrier

  1. Apple Retail/Online Store: Faulty/Quality Issue

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  2. Apple Retail/Online Store: Flawless

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  3. Other Retail/Online Store: Faulty/Quality Issue

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  4. Other Retail/Online Store: Flawless

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  5. Carrier: Faulty/Quality Issue

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  6. Carrier: Flawless

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  1. Spidder, Oct 7, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013

    Spidder macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2012
    I recently sold my 5 to get the 5S and I wanted to find out, if there are still issues regarding the quality of the display. I've read a lot of articles and threads erverywhere, especially a quiet old thread on the official Apple discussion board. As it turns out, the quality issues go on... but one user at the official discussion board had a very interesting theory. He alleged Apple selling the good iPhones to the carriers and the 'bad' ones at its retail and online stores:

    Full post: https://discussions.apple.com/message/22686173#22686173

    Then I looked at some devices from my iPhone5-owning buddies and asked where they bought it. Result: Most faulty iPhones come from Apples own retail and online stores, most flawless iPhones from carriers. It's not a sample survey, but it matches the allegation of that qouted user. So lets make poll!

    Where did you bought your 5/5S and was the first device you got faulty in some way or flawless?
  2. DcGamer05 macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2011
    Danbury CT
  3. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I' m 100% sure that you and the thread are wrong about this.
  4. kiantech macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2007
    The yellow tint problem is suppose to resolve over time correct? So if your argument is more apple retail bought phones have the tint issue out of the box opposed to carrier sold phones it makes sorta sense.

    Carriers probably have more transit time to their destination (factory -> carrier store) compared to (factory -> apple store).

    The best way is to compare serial numbers bought from a apple retail store and carrier on the same day. The week of manufacturing on the carrier will probably be manufactured earlier.
  5. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    So let me get this straight...the theory posits that Apple sends it's crappy, reject, dinged up, scratched, malfunctioning phones to the Apple stores, and the "good" phones to the carriers.

    Yah...that makes a whole lot of sense...I'm sure putting Apple's whole retail sector in a bad light would be a brilliant marketing move.
  6. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    Bought mine online, picked up in Apple retail store last Wednesday. Gray 5S, FLAWLESS. :D And believe me I inspected it with a fine toothed comb.

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