Replacement iPhone 5 doesn't have build week in serial number

imaginex20

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Today I received a replacement iPhone 5 from the apple store and my new phone has a weird serial number that I never seen before. Usually it's MD##@@@@ blah blah. Where ## indicates the build week but mine starts out DNPJ@@@@@ with only one number in my serial number. Anyone have the same experience? Does this mean my phone is a refurbished phone? Can't be since the phones has barely been out for less than a week.

Side note: exchanged my phone due to dust in my rear camera lens. My new phone is flawless by the way and battery life is way improved over the old 5 which was great too.
 

midtownhd

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Jun 25, 2012
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one of my replacement phones only has 1 number as well. Had to check through 4 phones before getting a good one.
what's that website again?

update: week 36
 
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imaginex20

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I'm not sure of the web site but someone post it up if you know it. It's the site that allows the checking of serial number for iPhones
 

paulie6978

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Jun 16, 2010
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Philadelphia, PA
Today I received a replacement iPhone 5 from the apple store and my new phone has a weird serial number that I never seen before. Usually it's MD##@@@@ blah blah. Where ## indicates the build week but mine starts out DNPJ@@@@@ with only one number in my serial number. Anyone have the same experience? Does this mean my phone is a refurbished phone? Can't be since the phones has barely been out for less than a week.

Side note: exchanged my phone due to dust in my rear camera lens. My new phone is flawless by the way and battery life is way improved over the old 5 which was great too.
did they give you a brand new in box one or a refurb in a plain box?
 

sillywabbit

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Nov 10, 2012
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Today I received a replacement iPhone 5 from the apple store and my new phone has a weird serial number that I never seen before. Usually it's MD##@@@@ blah blah. Where ## indicates the build week but mine starts out DNPJ@@@@@ with only one number in my serial number. Anyone have the same experience? Does this mean my phone is a refurbished phone? Can't be since the phones has barely been out for less than a week.

Side note: exchanged my phone due to dust in my rear camera lens. My new phone is flawless by the way and battery life is way improved over the old 5 which was great too.
Mine was DNPJD replaced today.
 

ladytonya

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Oct 14, 2008
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Honestly, what's the difference? I have a DNPJ and it was brand new from Verizon. This phone is awesome, I don't get all the obsession with build weeks.