Refurbised iPhone 6 already ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by heartnsoul45, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. heartnsoul45 macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2014
    I exchanged my iPhone 6 because of two specks on the front camera
    They gave me a brand new sealed box. When I restored from icloud back up it asked for a different Apple ID I hit cancel then a different Apple ID popped up finally mine came up but now I'm thinking if this "new" exchange is a refurbished one. I also noticed that the first iPhone 6 I got had serial number starting with F17NC******* the replacement starts with DNPNC*******
    How can I find out if it's refurbised or used or what's going on?

  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    There is no chance that any replacement 6/6+ are refurbished at this point.
  3. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Ya I doubt you got a refurb. It takes more time than that for Apple to get them, refurb em, and ship em back.
  4. heartnsoul45 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2014
    Thanks guys but what's the deal with the different Apple IDS and serial numbers ?
  5. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    Why do people hate refurbs from apple? They carry the same warranty and are pristine.

    I have bought refurb apple products in the past....wouldn't know they weren't brand new.
  6. newone757 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2011
    Its could be because you have pirated music/books/something else that is tied to other people's iTunes.

    At least when this happened to me before that's what it was
  7. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Why are "some" so defensive about Apple refurbs?
  8. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm not, just curious. I wouldn't want a refurb this early in the game either...but its a constant thing of worry for people on here, even six months into the release cycle. Its simple curiosity.
  9. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    No chance? I don't know about that. A small chance could exist.

    OP: Is it possible you have music purchased by another person you know in your iTunes library? That happened to me before and in order to transfer it to my phone and/or play it, I needed his password.
  10. 0r30 macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2010
    A lot of times it can show you a different email due to the apps being pirated or music being pirated.

    Input your serial into this website

    It gives you full details of what week the phone was manufactured with other info as well.
  11. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    Maybe your phone was used for QA testing at the Foxconn factory
  12. Ram65 macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2014
    That's why I wait at 2months after an iPhone release too many problems with the first couple batches
  13. munakib macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2011
    It carries same warranty but based on a few products I bought/exchanged from Apple there is always some fault which Apple's Quality Control will overlook, interlacing on iphones & displays/poorer LG screens on macbook airs instead of Samsung/Deadpixels on imacs & displays. I have learned never to buy refurb from Apple because there is a chance that the person before who returned the product to Apple noticed those small/annoying issues which the company ignores, landing them in hands of uneducated customers.

    Once when I went back with the replacement to AppleStore saying I was not happy with the LG screen on the replacement macbook air they gave me as I originally had the Samsung (more vivid/no interlacing), they said its within "Apple's Quality" requirements and so I should live with it.
  14. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011

    I can understand that.
  15. ajm222 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2012
    I had a refurb that seemed to have some minor cosmetic issues I wouldn't have expected on a brand new device. It worked great, but I think there may be more of a chance for cosmetic issues because they are handled differently. Just a theory.
  16. Starrbuck macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Not necessarily "pirated" but from another account, and your device needs authorization from that account. You're allowed 5 devices simultaneously.
  17. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    what does apple do with all the returns. people that did not like the phone or exchanged it for a bigger smaller one, do those not become refurbs?
  18. SavMBP15 macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    Someone else's itunes stuff is in your itunes.
  19. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    All the returns made goes to Cupertino and gets stripped down and turns into a refurbs. That's what I was told by the Apple Sales.
  20. pullfocus macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2009
    LA, CA
    My new iPhone starts with DNBlahBlahBlah. Relax.
  21. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005

    This is not true at all
  22. erzhik macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2010
    I got a refurbished 5 from apple twice and both times screen was coming off. literally.
  23. LostMyiPhone macrumors 6502

    Dec 19, 2012
    OP, You'll want to read this post

    First, you can plug the serial No. into this site to get more info about them:

    Secondly, I just got a replacement device. My pre-ordered, launch day phone has a serial number starting DNPN... My replacement has a serial number starting F17N. So it sounds like I'm the opposite of you. Nonetheless, you can look up the serial numbers using the link above. The differences in mine were that one was from one foxconn facility and the other from a different one in a different city. Both are week 35 mfg. date. So look yours up and you'll likely find they're both brand new.

    To explain being prompted with another apple ID:

    My wife and I use the same computer to manager our iTunes accounts. I don't recommend it. When I backed up my iPhone 5, we were signed into the iTunes store under HER apple ID. Well, when it backed my apps up, it associated them to HER apple ID but I did not know this. I restored my new iPhone 6 and went to update some of the apps from the phone. It started prompting me for HER apple ID for any apps that we both have on our phones. It also prompted me for two long-since-discontinued email addresses for who knows what...

    I think you got a new iPhone. Even if it was refurb'd, those are just as good as new.


    OK, I take back "just as good as new" cause I got a refurb'd 5 and the screen was clicking and coming off of the body. I sent it back and got a perfect one though... so...
  24. erzhik macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2010
    There are more refurbished 6/6+s than you think. Hundreds if not thousands are returned and exchanged or broken daily and those are immediately stripped and reassembled into refurbished. I'm 100% certain that manufacturers have refurbished phones after just a few days.
  25. shabanggg macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2014
    Only accept brand new in the bid sealed retail at this point!! Why not?? You want to pay all that money for a Genius Bar replacement phone?? Enjoy!

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