Refurb iPhone: Final Verdict

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  1. alansmallen macrumors 6502a

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    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!:)
     
  2. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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  3. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/3A110a Safari/419.3)

    Lucky... I paid almost twice that for my 16g iPod touch :p
     
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    It's amazing what treating customers like people does. That's why I'm a little less hesitant about buying mine from Apple. My battery recall fix was so easy and painless.

    That still doesn't mean I'm worried about buying one. Like most of you, I have SO built this thing up in my head. I am glad that I'm just spending $250 on one instead of $400-500. If I completely hate it, at least I'm only out $250. If I love it, I can use this one for a year or two and then get a newer one down the road.
     
  5. yayaba macrumors 6502

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    Man, I paid $599 for mine last year. It's cool though, I still think it's one of the best gadgets I've ever bought!
     
  6. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    After buying a car a couple of years ago, I learned to stop worrying *too* much about being able to get bigger and better things a year later. About now I kinda regret not getting a hybrid Camry, but not much I can do about it now. I'm still getting about 4mpg better mileage than before.

    But as far as iPhone, I'm really looking forward to cluttering AT&T's network. I've been paying them tons of money for barely making any calls (I have about 2,500 rollover minutes). Now if we could just tether these things!
     
  7. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    Buying a refurbished product from Apple is pretty much always a good buy. You save money but the product is treated as if it were new by Apple... meaning your warranty - either 1 year or extended - begins on the day of purchase and within 10 days (or 2 weeks, I don't remember) you can return it for a complete swap.
     
  8. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    True that.
     
  9. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    Yup, all my refurbed experience has been top notch!
     
  10. Jenheta macrumors regular

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    I also have only good things to say about refurbs from Apple.
    My concern this time, though, is AT&T. Who knows what
    they did (or didn't) to these units ? I heard some refurb users got
    unlocked iPhones :rolleyes: and others with (minor) scratches or
    dead batteries.

    I have a question to the OP : did you have the orange box from AT&T
    or the original one from Apple ?
     
  11. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a

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    Yea the ATT Refurb i bought for my dad has some minor scratches on the chrome. It's ok though because it was only $250

    :]
     
  12. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just out of curiosity, what is OP?

    I got the orange AT&T box with all the accessories.
     
  13. Jenheta macrumors regular

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  14. TXCraig macrumors 6502a

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    Apple does not sell junk refurbished equipment. I think this point you purchased a refurb phone and had problems with it was all in your head.

    All referbed phones have BRAND NEW outside parts and batteries so saying you got one with scratches is very strange. Its almost like you purchased a USED phone, not a referbed one and there is a BIG difference between the two.

    New outside parts, batteries, and being fully tested are part of the referb process... in many times- a referb item is better then new because of the amount of testing time it is given.

    The only physical difference between a referbed phone and new one is the box!
     
  15. Jenheta macrumors regular

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    Not true.
    Apple sells a refurb for US$ 350.00. AT&T offers the same at US$250.00.
    Although both are refurbs, I wonder what is the real definition of refurb when it is coming from AT&T. Their website has the following statement with an unclear definition of "standard" :

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    Why Refurbished Phones?

    Sold exclusively online, Refurbished Phones are pre-owned cell phones and devices that have been returned during the 30-day trial period. Each Refurbished Phone/Device is independently tested and reflashed with the latest software to meet new factory standards.

    http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/basics/choosing-phone/refurbished-phones.jsp
     
  16. hotsauce3868 macrumors member

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    agreed. at&t and apple have different refurb policies. from what i have been reading, apple really does refurbish the iPhones they receive while at&t just seems to repackage it.
     
  17. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    You say it's worth $599. That's interesting. My 16GB cost $539 (with restocking fee from 8GB purchased within 14-day window). Perhaps you meant to say $399.
     
  18. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    Apple typically repackages and replaces missing components so that it looks just like new hardware. AT&T is just erasing, replacing the SIM card, and polishing used hardware. You can find a good deal from either place but manufacturer-refurbish is typically more sound than a distributor's efforts.
     
  19. James L macrumors 6502a

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    When the iPhone was first released in June last year the original price was $599.

    The price drop to $399 came in September 2007, for the 8GB model.

    So alansmallen's comment was correct.... the 8GB iPhone once cost $599.
     
  20. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    Since the 16GB model did not exist in September but now costs $499, by this logic, the 8GB iPhone is more expensive than the 16GB. :rolleyes:
     
  21. James L macrumors 6502a

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    Is what he said incorrect? He paid $249 for something that once cost $599.

    Where is the error in that statement?
     
  22. otep1760 macrumors regular

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    yes, the 8gb iphone cost $599 when it first came out, and then went to $399 in september when the price drop happened. and now they are selling for $249 refurbed, at least at the ATT stores.


    EDIT: if i was to go buy one of these 8gb refurbs could i replace it with my 4gb simcard and everything work well?
     
  23. Hadji213 macrumors newbie

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    Out of curiosity, does the serial number on your replacement iPhone begin with "5K"?
     
  24. alansmallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ya why?
     
  25. Hadji213 macrumors newbie

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    If the serial number starts with 5K that means its a refurbished piece.
     

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