Replacement Phones

jkim3691

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I was wondering for those who got replacement phones for defects if you just switched out your nano sim from your original phone. Don't you have to change the IMEI #?
 

Applejuiced

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I was wondering for those who got replacement phones for defects if you just switched out your nano sim from your original phone. Don't you have to change the IMEI #?
What?
The IMEI cannot be changed, its the serial number that is unique to each phone.
Change it where on your carriers end?
If they're both the same model phone then there is no point but you can call them and give them the new IMEI number so they can updated on their records too.
 

jkim3691

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What?
The IMEI cannot be changed, its the serial number that is unique to each phone.
Change it where on your carriers end?
If they're both the same model phone then there is no point but you can call them and give them the new IMEI number so they can updated on their records too.
Theres an IMEI # on the back of each phone. Not sure if it's the same for every phone or not.
 

zorinlynx

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Theres an IMEI # on the back of each phone. Not sure if it's the same for every phone or not.
About time they put it on the phone itself. On the 4/4s it was on the sim tray, which is an easily swappable item. I've heard of several cases where the IMEI and serial on the sim tray don't match the phone after service.
 

jkim3691

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No, its not.
Every phone has its own unique IMEI that cannot be changed.
What is your question again?
What the process is in getting a replacement phone. Is it as simple as putting in your nano sim in the new phone and syncing? Does it matter that the IMEI # is now different, etc.
 

jkim3691

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No, it doesnt really matter.
All you do is stick your sim in and you're good.
Cool, thanks! I don't know if I want to get one though with all the possible problems. A matter of weighing the lesser of two evils. (I have a loose corner on the front of my phone which isn't a huge deal to me but I'd rather it not be there).
 

Applejuiced

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Cool, thanks! I don't know if I want to get one though with all the possible problems. A matter of weighing the lesser of two evils. (I have a loose corner on the front of my phone which isn't a huge deal to me but I'd rather it not be there).
You can inspect the replacement iphone well before you leave home with it.
Most of them dont have any issues and you cant tell a difference between an Apple replacement and a brand new iphone out the box.
Chances are the ones they have now they're not even refurbs but brand new ones.
The phone has been out for days now and faulty ones havent been through the refurb cycle yet to repair and put out again for Applecare warranty swaps.