Question about Refurbished Serial Numbers

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SnowLeopard2008, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Do all refurbished iPhone 4 have serial numbers starting with 5K? I got mine replaced recently and the serial number starts with QR.
  2. stevebubble macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Well I have a refurbished Iphone 4 and the serial starts QR so I'm gonna say no they dont.
  3. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

    Oct 18, 2011
    Apple doesn't call it refurb, but rather a replacement unit.
  4. jkeith0919 macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    I have a refurb & my serial number starts with C8Q.
  5. jkeith0919 macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    I take that back because 1. I have Verizon so the serial numbers are different & 2. I have a "certified pre-owned" iPhone 4. I just checked & my AppleCare end date is wrong. I purchased my iPhone on 11/29/11 & my end date is 10/6/11. My guess is it was returned within 14 days & not refurbished.
  6. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    Correct. In a way.

    Apple does not replace units with refurbished models. What you will get as a replacement is in fact a "Re-Manufactured" unit. There is a big difference between the two.

    However, people seem to believe what they'll get is a refurb and this incorrect assumption prevails amongst the iPhone fateful.

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