So, on Saturday I went and purchase at $249 8GB Refurb iPhone from my local AT&T store. The man helping us saw my paranoia in purchasing and refurb and brought out several for me to choose from. After making my decision, I went home and activated my phone as usual (this is my second iPhone activation). As I started to use it, it started to get uncomfortably hot and the battery would die after a couple of short hours. Today, I went to my Apple Store to complain about the phone. After attempting to prove the phone got hot (which it did, but not in the Apple Store) the Genius started filling out replacement forms. Within 5 minutes he left and came back with a white box. He told me that Apple supplied them with a box of replacement iPhones: half which were refurb, and half which were brand new. He said that they did this to prevent people from constantly wanting to change their phones. After he reactivated and synced my phone with my laptop, I started looking at the phone and noticed how it was perfectly clean, and didn't have small scratch marks like my original refurb did. I am convinced that I was given a brand new iPhone. Final verdict: I paid $249 for something that once cost $599. If you have any questions concerning the refurb, ask away!