What is a "Demo unit" phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dj1891, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. dj1891 macrumors regular

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    I bought a 6S of eBay, advertised as brand new. When it arrived it had no box however it has the plastic wrap etc around it and looked brand new.

    I contacted Apple to confirm warranty etc, they told me yes 12 month warranty, it had never been used but that it was a demo unit. What exactly is a demo unit? I got the impression of some time of phone they have on display in a shop for people to play with? But the phone is sim locked etc to a carrier and works fine.
     
  2. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    To bad, while you were on the phone with Apple, you didn't get the answers to your question first hand. ;)

    I don't know. It could be a number of things.
     
  3. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    The most important thing is to check would be if the imei can be activated with whatever cell carrier you choose.

    Hopefully it doesnt have demo iOS on it, and can run real iOS ??

    I learned the hard way. I bought a used phone off of ebay, and it turned out to be blocked on AT&T. They would not tell me why. It was confidential. They said the phone was not designed to be operated on their network. Case closed. The ebay auction implied no refunds, but I was able to get a refund because it was so black listed., this was an amazon fire phone. I assumed it was either an employee's phone, a test phone, a prototype, or a stolen store demo. I offered to return it to AT&T. They didn't want it back
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    When in doubt, get apple care. Or find something to nitpick them about, and get them to switch it out to a non demo phone hahaha
     
  4. dj1891 thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    Did you just throw a sim in it? Or did you have the imei checked by AT&T or all 4 carriers? Have you tried unlocking it? Just checking

    Might still be worth replacing with a lame Apple Store excuse. The demo status might lower the resale value
     

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