Warranty on phone from ebay

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gtgrad95, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. gtgrad95 macrumors 6502

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    I have a friend who's about to buy a brand new iphone 4 from someone on ebay (he wants one factory unlocked to use on T-Mobile). I'm wondering how do you get warranty service if something goes wrong ? Or are you out of luck? Can you even buy AppleCare on it?
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, all iphones come with a 1 year warranty and you can bring it to Apple and have it replaced if something goes wrong.
    If you're still under the first years warranty you can buy Applecare and extend it another year once the first year is up.
     
  3. gtgrad95 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can you do this without an original receipt though?
     
  4. Block macrumors 6502a

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    You can BUT there is a chance that they may refer you to the AppleCare in the phone's country of origin. For example, if something goes wrong with an unlocked phone that was purchased in Canada and then sold to you, Apple might make you call up the Canadian AppleCare to service your product.

    Information regarding your phone's warranty (and other information about it) is stored based on your phone's serial number not on receipts etc.
     
  5. localboy28 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes
    The warranty is linked to the phones serial number
     
  6. Mr. Chewbacca macrumors 6502a

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    You may run into warranty issues if its jailbroken and unlocked to use on t-mobile.
     
  7. gtgrad95 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It would come factory unlocked, so no need to jailbreak or unlock. In other words, the phone won't be modified in any way.
     
  8. Block macrumors 6502a

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    If it's factory unlocked it won't be a problem. Even if it's not you can easily restore the phone before having it serviced.
     

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