Selling a replacement iPhone 6?

938092

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Hey Guys,



So on my iPhone 6, I have started to notice that the silent switch has become extremely loose and occasionally will flick between modes by itself whilst in my pocket with no other items. Also noticed that I'm getting the beginnings of the "crescent moon" issue on the front facing camera.



I will be taking it to a store within the week and I know from past experience that they are more likely to give me a 'White box' replacement rather than attempt to replace both the screen and the internals.



My question is first, are these 'white box' replacements equal in quality and components to my existing phone? It would be a shame to have my phone replaced with one that has slightly less-quality internal components such as TLC flash or the like (although I believe they've stopped using TLC).



Secondly, if I were to receive a replacement, how would I go about selling it when I feel like it? My plan was to sell my phone close to august this year as used but then I noticed that the switch & camera were not up to spec. So presumably the replacement one will have a different S/N to my original so how would I sell this in my original box if it's a different serial number. This could make the buyer refuse?



Thanks in advance and sorry if anything I've mentioned is inaccurate!
 

eyoungren

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White box replacements are a mix of new and refurb. If you get a refurb it is indistinguishable from new.

Apple refurbs have the casing replaced and all components rigourously tested. Anything that fails testing is replaced. New phones do not even go through this process (although they have their own Q&A process).

In addition you will probably be able to reap the benefit of a phone made later in the manufacturing process. By this point Apple SHOULD have all the kinks and issues worked out.

If you are to sell it, I would indicate that it's a replacement phone. For buyers like me that's a bonus because I know it's relatively new, but of course your mileage may vary.
 

938092

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White box replacements are a mix of new and refurb. If you get a refurb it is indistinguishable from new.

Apple refurbs have the casing replaced and all components rigourously tested. Anything that fails testing is replaced. New phones do not even go through this process (although they have their own Q&A process).

In addition you will probably be able to reap the benefit of a phone made later in the manufacturing process. By this point Apple SHOULD have all the kinks and issues worked out.

If you are to sell it, I would indicate that it's a replacement phone. For buyers like me that's a bonus because I know it's relatively new, but of course your mileage may vary.
On refurbs, is the battery also new as well as the casing?

And are the parts that are not new the same spec as the ones in a new phone? For example, would they use a lower quality DAC or NAND flash in a refurb?

Thanks for your helpful reply :)
 

Newtons Apple

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On refurbs, is the battery also new as well as the casing?

And are the parts that are not new the same spec as the ones in a new phone? For example, would they use a lower quality DAC or NAND flash in a refurb?

Thanks for your helpful reply :)
Battery and case should be new.

They would not use a specific DAC or NAND in a refurb. You would get whatever happened to be on the circuit board in the refurb. You seem so paranoid about this, if I were you I would try to get them to repair what you have.

If I were buying your phone I would prefer to have the serial number mayptch on the box but it would not be mandatory.