Refreshed vs Refurbished iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blueprint1983, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. blueprint1983 macrumors 6502

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    I caved into the Radioshack promotion yesterday and got a "refreshed" iPhone 4 from my 3GS trade-in.

    For anyone that's curious:
    iPhone 3GS netted $125 at Radioshack trade-in value.
    iPhone 4 "refreshed" cost was $124.
    =I received $1 back in cash.

    Since it was a trade in, there wasn't any tax charged to me.

    I signed up one of the eligible lines in my family plan for another two years. They processed it so that my line was actually upgraded iPhone-wise and there were no other charges. I confirmed with At&t that they did everything properly so there wasn't any sim card confusion. AT&T waived the $18 iPhone upgrade fee.


    Back to the original question, what is the difference between refreshed and refurbished? This refreshed iPhone 4's warranty started in October 2010 and it looks new.
     
  2. CZK macrumors 6502a

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    Refurbished
    Refreshed

    whats next ?

    Reexamined ?
    Reviewed ?


    Marketing BS imo
     
  3. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    You were screwed over.

    Could've sold your 3GS for $300-400 (if unlocked).
     
  4. blueprint1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't know how to unlock my iphone but i guess i could google it. *edit just googled it* looks like a hassle. For the convenience factor, this was easy and besides the 2 year commitment, a pretty decent deal.

    Just remember, selling on ebay or craigslist is always a hassle for most people.

    Anyways, Refreshed vs refurbished..?
     
  5. SnowDX macrumors 6502

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    What does Radio Shack say a "refreshed" phone is? Is it Radio Shack doing the "refreshing"? or are these units directly from Apple?
     
  6. CZK macrumors 6502a

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    Febreze + iphone4 = refreshed

    GG
     
  7. blueprint1983, Dec 31, 2010
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    blueprint1983 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't know the exact definition but here's what the sales rep told me and what i've been given:

    Sales guy:
    -Store return within a few days, sent back to Apple, then sent to Radioshack.
    -Store demo model, sent back to Apple, then set to Radioshack.

    What I received:
    -No original box, but a sealed black box that on the outside says basically says what the sales guy said above. Looks like it was sealed by Apple.
    -iPhone 4 - looks brand new.
    -Accessories: charger, usb chord, etc.. standard stuff.

    The thing is, Apple does a great job making refurbished stuff look new.
     
  8. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Umm I said you can get more if you unlock (pretty easy) but you don't have to. Can get $300+ for a 3GS 32GB if you just sold it as it is.

    How is eBay or Craigslist a hassle?

    You could've gotten a 32GB brand new iPhone 4 if you sold your 3GS...probably even made some money.
     
  9. anonymous guy macrumors 6502

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    Sealed Black Box iPhone 4 units are the refurbished iPhones Apple gives to customers as a replacement when they have issues with their current phone. These units are returns that are sent back to the factory with the defective parts replaced and fitted with brand new black glass parts.

    Supposedly they are just as good as new.
     
  10. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

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    If not a little bit better, chances of multiple defects, etc, plus another run through Apple QC.
     

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