Received NEW replacement iPhone. Use or sell?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Untaken, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Untaken macrumors member

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    Okay, here's my situation. I've had to replace multiple iPhones over a very short period of time, and was finally offered a new, SEALED replacement from Apple in order to hopefully resolve my issues once and for all. I received the replacement today and sure enough, it is a brand new sealed phone. Now I have a dilemma; do I keep it or sell it?

    If I open it up, I'm taking the chance that it has the same or other issues as I've had in the past and then I solve nothing. If I keep the phone sealed, I can pick up a cheap GoPhone, pop in my sim card and have AT&T remove my data plan for a couple months (saving me money). I can then sell the sealed iPhone and use the money for when the next iPhone model is released.

    So I ask, if you were in this situation what would you do? And since some of you are gonna bring this up anyway, do you think selling the phone would be dishonest? I personally don't see it being any different to selling any other replacement phone, whether it be a refurb or new. But hey, everyone has their own opinion so I figured I'd ask.
     
  2. transam7816 macrumors regular

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  3. Untaken thread starter macrumors member

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    I'd love to unlock it but as it's a new phone it most definitely has the 02.30.03 baseband on it. Keeping it sealed is really my only way to keep its value up since it can't be unlocked at the moment.
     
  4. mav814 macrumors member

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    If these issues you were having were only technical ones...I can almost guarantee the new sealed phone will work just fine. In that case, keep it. I have found that the iPhone is more than a phone and really can be the one in all gadget for anyone. Keep it.
     
  5. Untaken thread starter macrumors member

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    The issues I've had on all my replacements have not been so much technical as they have been cosmetic. Warped plastic, cracking plastic, loose silent switches, bad light leakage (obviously), rattling vibration motor, low quality LCD displays (severe dithering/pixelation issues) and dust not under the glass/touchscreen but between the diffuser and LCD (resulting in a shimmering "stuck pixel" effect). Those last two screen issues have been quite obvious on the last THREE replacements I've gotten but did not exist on my original iPhone and the first two replacements I got. You can see now why I'm worried about having repeat issues.
     
  6. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    Umm. Isn't the bottom line wether you want to have an iPhone/ be an iPhone user?

    Are you still paying for a plan?

    I guess you could sell it and wait several months for the new phone to be released and buy one of those with the money.
     

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