Refurbed iPhone 5S or New iPhone 5c?

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  1. Bdix macrumors newbie

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    This is a gift for my mother, who isn't the most savvy iphone user, but loves the phone. My original thinking is that the 5c in white would suffice. But the refurb 5s also is somewhat enticing.

    She is not one to need the latest and greatest (She is upgrading from a a 3Gs).

    Is there a reason I should stray from my first thought of getting her the 5c?

    Thanks much.
     
  2. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    same price? i'd go for the better which would be the 5s.
     
  3. Bdix thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh yes, I should have mentioned that the Refurb 5s is $50 and the new 5c is $100
     
  4. iKaushal macrumors 6502

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  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Apple doesn't sell refurbished iPhone directly, so you'd be getting it from a 3rd party like AT&T. What is the warranty on the refurb 5s? How about physical condition?

    I'd actually be inclined to go with the 5c in this case.
     
  6. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    yeah well if it uses the original buyer's warranty, it could be expired in september of this year
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Or the warranty could be void because it was serviced by someone other than Apple.
     
  8. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't see a reason to this but anything is possible
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If they're being refurbished and then sold, Apple isn't doing the refurbishing. Apple may not honor the warranty.
     
  10. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    If Apple isn't doing the refurbishing, then there's no real refurbishing so there's probably still the original warranty
     
  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Service can be performed on a phone by a 3rd party. Apple just doesn't honor the warranty if you go that route. I don't know what kind of service centers are being used in this situation, so really anything is a possibility.
     
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  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I think a 5c looks and feels better.

    Also since Apple doesn't sell refurbished phones, I assume this from a third-party; another reason to buy the iPhone 5c.
     
  14. DarkSel macrumors regular

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    5s no question.

    Why would you pay more for an inferior phone?
     

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