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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001


Radio Shack has begun offering "refreshed" and "remanufactured" iPhone 4 and 4S models for a significant discount. The iPhone 4S is available from Radio Shack on AT&T and Verizon starting for $99.99 with a two-year contract, and the iPhone 4 on the same carriers for free.

According to Radio Shack:
Refreshed phones are models that have been restored and repackaged internally (no full warranty), while remanufactured are used phones provided from a third party that have been remanufactured with a new warranty.

Those looking for an iPhone 4S will be able to purchase a refreshed or remanufactured model on AT&T for $99.99 (iPhone 4S 16GB) and $149.99 (iPhone 4S 32 GB). Verizon models of the iPhone 4S are available for $99.99 (iPhone 4S 16 GB), $199.99 (iPhone 4S 32 GB) and $299.99 (iPhone 4S 64 GB).
Additionally, users buying phones on Verizon also receive a $50 Radio Shack gift card.

Radio Shack has been fairly active offering special promotions and deals for the iPhone and iPad.

Article Link: Radio Shack Offering "Refreshed" and "Remanufactured" 16GB iPhone 4S for $99.99


macrumors 68030
Mar 17, 2010
Planet Earth
These are "refreshed" by someone at Radioshack and are exempt from Genius Bar support at the Apple Store. No thanks.


macrumors 65816
Apparently someone at Radio Shack works at the Department of Redundancy Department.

Radio Shack said:
remanufactured are used phones provided from a third party that have been remanufactured

In case you're like me and actually want to know what "remanufactured" means exactly, here's Wikipedia's take

Remanufacturing is the process of disassembly and recovery at the module level and, eventually, at the component level. It requires the repair or replacement of worn out or obsolete components and modules. Parts subject to degradation affecting the performance or the expected life of the whole are replaced. [...] Remanufacturing [...] differs from other recovery processes in its completeness: a remanufactured machine should match the same customer expectation as new machines.

Still not completely clear how much this differs from "refreshed" other than since they aren't offering a warranty on refreshed phones, I would assume they don't do as much to them and you'd be taking a bigger risk on how long or whether your phone would actually work. But if it's Radio Shack or their partners and not Apple doing the refreshing or remanufacturing, which appears to be the case, I'm not sure I'd want to go with either.


macrumors regular
Apr 30, 2009
$100 for a broken and fixed old gen phone
When the next one comes in 8 weeks for. $200 brand new

No thanks


macrumors 68020
Oct 21, 2009
99 bucks doesn't seem like a deal it's the 2 year commitment that costs the real money.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 24, 2011
San Antonio, Texas
So, in other words, it is about $100 off and loose the warranty and availability of AppleCare+? No thanks! I mean, I have a refurb 4S as replacement from VZN but I still have the support because I have the original iPhone 4 purchaise. That is the only way I would ever touch a used phone binding me to a contract running $80/month. iPhones can and do break on occasion. I wonder what AT&T would do in this case it breakes? Tell the customer to buy a new one? For me, and that is just me, I need the coverage as long as I cannot upgrade to the next device or am able to release the contract and move on to another carrier.


macrumors regular
Aug 21, 2009
99 bucks doesn't seem like a deal it's the 2 year commitment that costs the real money.

Exactly, over two years yer in for about $2400. What does it matter if its $99 or $199? Not sure why people fall for this. As someone above mentioned, iPhone 5 comes out in two months for $199 for iPhone 4 owners on a two year cycle.


macrumors 68030
Jan 2, 2009
radio shack is hard to read. the radio shack by me does almost no business at all. unless you think a store can survive on selling batteries. the store by my parents is always really really busy. that is a surprise to me because every radio shack ive ever been is has been completely dead. to me circuit city always had way way more business then radio shack yet they went under and radio shack continues to survive somehow.


macrumors newbie
Apr 24, 2011
Yea lets buy an iPhone thats had who knows what wrong with it and trust that Radioshack can fix it then hope it works for two years...pass its worth the extra $$ to get one that you know works and has a warranty.
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