WHITE BOX iPhones New or Refurbished

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  1. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Had an occasion to be in an Apple store for an exchange and was told White Box iPhones are new but without accessories.
    What do you think.
     
  2. Oui macrumors 6502

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    It can be either. Usually you can look up the serial and tell.
    If it's a 5S probably too soon for refurbs still. I do know iPhone 5 refurbs serial started DQ
     
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Replacements for the 5S are probably still new, but that could change soon. 5 and older are most definitely remanufactured units.

    But really, the refurb units from Apple are just as good, if not better, than new. You can't tell the difference.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    What difference does it make if it looks new, feels new and everything works perfect?
    Besides the psychological part of thinking its a refurbished replacement instead of a brand new one.
     
  5. rlb4 macrumors member

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    Are "certified like-new" iphones from AT&T the same as refurbs from Apple?
     
  6. Oui macrumors 6502

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    They didn't used to be.
    But that we're just called refurbished. The "certified like new" moniker is new.
     
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  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    They're fine. It could be new, it could be refurb. But you could never tell the difference because Apple provides a lot of new parts with the refurbs and the refurbs go through the same quality control as new phones do.

    What do you want Apple to do, open a brand new package and discard the contents? They aren't going to replace the accessories since those aren't the problem and you already got them with your original phone. Can you imagine how many "exchanges" they'd get if people thought they could also get brand new accessories?

    Instead, they ship just the phone, refurb or new, in the white boxes and use those as replacements.
     
  9. iCarabma macrumors 6502

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    Whenever Apple Refurbs an iOS device they get a new shell, new screen and new battery. I just had a bad battery and had my iPhone 5 replaced at the very end of my warranty. It's like getting a new phone.

    I have no idea what process AT&T uses but can't imagine Apple would let them do less.
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'm pretty sure rlb4 was asking about AT&T "certified like-new" phones. According to the AT&T website they have "at least a 90 day warranty." Doesn't really inspire me much, I'd stay away. I don't think Apple has anything to do with the "certification" process.
     
  11. Bear macrumors G3

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    What AT&T does is test them and clean them. And of course the AT&T certified like new phones don't come with a full Apple warranty.
     
  12. madKIR macrumors 6502

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    Having gone through 3 replacements I can say they are still brand-new. All manufactured by DN. All of them come with bad interlacing screens and rattling lock buttons.
    Moreover, the replacement that I got yesterday came with a defective processor: it gives me the blue screen of death, which turns into colorful flashes of yellow, white, etc. I have to do the hard reset in order to get back to the phone. Sometimes it happens in a loop and it takes me 4-5 resets before I can start using the phone again. It happens every time I run Geekbench 3 or any game with intensive graphics.
    Now I'm trying to get either a refund or a brand-new unit. I'm done with these white box replacements!
     
  13. rlb4 macrumors member

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    Yes, I was asking about the AT&T "certified like-new" phones. I know Apples refurbs are great and come with a full 1 yr warranty but was unsure what AT&T's version was like. If it does only come with a 90 day warranty then that to me is a deal breaker.
     
  14. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Ahh, good point. If that's what was meant, my apologies. Thanks for catching my error!
     
  15. bushman4 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Original question was about Apple store WHITE BOX replacements. ATT & Verizon replacements are something different
     
  16. Ajones330 macrumors 6502a

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    Lol this thread went off course huh...
     

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