To those with genius bar replacements

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by homes2525, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. homes2525 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Hi has anyone who had a replacement phone have its serial number start with 8 recently

    Note phones serial numbers starting with 8 are new and with 5k are refurbished
    There is an unknown 7u however
  2. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2009
    I got my replacement about a month ago, and it starts with an 8.
  3. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I got my replacement this past Sunday and mine starts with 5K--indicating refurb. Without me even asking, the genius insisted the phone was brand new however and that he was not "lying". Lol. I guess he must have been challenged a lot when replacing iPhones.

    At any rate, I'm fairly certain it is a refurb.
  4. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    Why does it matter? In many cases the refurbs are as good or better than those fresh out of a new box.
  5. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Same thing happened to me. 5th Av Apple store. Got a replacement iP4 starting with a 5K, I asked the genius if it was new or refurb and the genius insisted it had been never used before but didn't say the word "new".

    I'm not sure if the geniuses know they're giving refurbs or if they've been told all of them are "new".

    And for the record I don't care if it is new or refurb, its the same phone.
  6. Drusso macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2010
    I had mine replaced 3 days ago and it's starts with a 7S...
  7. Wetwipes macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Mine was replaced in the UK yesterday and it begins with 8
  8. dennisjr631 macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2009
    My first 2 iPhones were brand new. #1 speaker stoped working. Got it replaced with # 2. It wouldn't stay connected to the Internet. My third is refurbished. It's the best one I've had. I don't know why people make a big deal about their iphone being refurbished.
  9. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    I would be fine with a refurbished iPhone, I trust they would have made it better and worst case I can just swap it all over again. I do try to avoid most refurbished things, had extraordinarily bad luck with them in the past.
  10. haulis macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    Got my phone replaced with one that started with a 5. It had a yellow tinge to the screen that was very noticeable to me in comparison to my original phone. This phone also had light leaking from the top corners and an interlacing effect to the screen.

    I set up another appointment and the next phone had same problems minus the interlacing issue. This phone also started with a 5. He pulled out yet another phone and this one was much closer to my original phone and guess what. The serial starts with an eight (8).
  11. techiegirl macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    I got a replacement last week and it started with an 8.
  12. sheppy1 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2008
    Just got a replacement yesterday and the serial number begins with an 8 and has zero issues, it actually feels better built than my launch day iPhone 4 too
  13. dokindo macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2009
  14. Daniel L macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
  15. themagicman00 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    I got my replacement ip4 last Wednesday and the serial number starts with a 7V
  16. BUFFBOY macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    how do i find out what my serial number is and how is that determined its old or newest ?
  17. BUFFBOY macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010

    found it

    mine is 8
  18. Tozzi macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    First replacement at the Genius bar was a 5K, and had a faulty ringer switch.
    Second one is from Apple Care, starts with 8, and is perfect.
  19. getatkyill macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2008
    Taunton, MA
    I'm on my 3rd iPhone 4, starts with a 5k..has problems so of course its a refurb. But has anyone had luck with actually calling Apple and requesting them send a "new" iP4 rather than doing a genius bar swap?

    Ever since 3GS, I seem to have bad luck with their swaps.
  20. winterny macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Got a replacement 2 weeks ago, started with 8, they said it was brand new, and it was/is flawless.
  21. rans0m00 macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2010
    8 serial swap last week but just from past experience with the refurbs from Apple I have had 0 issues with any of them so they are not always a bad thing.
  22. frozenflourish macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2008
    got a replacement 3gs today, it starts with an 8
  23. kiantech macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2007
    looking at a non replacement and a replacement...both start with 8
  24. NQK macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2009
    Alabama, U.S.
    I got my phone on 7-28, monday. Dropped by the weekend and got it replaced 10 days later and mine starts with 8.

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