Who has the first refurbished iPhone 4?

JayLenochiniMac

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I swapped out my iPhone 4 a couple days ago as it had a defective camera and my replacement serial number starts with 5K, indicating that it's a refurb. Previously, the iPhone 4 hasn't been out long enough for someone to get a refurbished one and black box warranty replacement iPhones have started with 8.

Who else has a refurbished iPhone 4?
 

rKunda

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Lol, I guess. But if iPhone refurbs are anything like Mac refurbs, then they are technically tested a lot more and "cleaned" more so than the brand new units.
I should have used a smiley—I was being sarcastic. The hysteria over refurbs is ridiculous. ;)
 

nelly41

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My replacement starts with an 8. I asked if it was a refurb. The guy told me that apple doesn't have returns available yet.
 

JayLenochiniMac

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nelly41 said:
My replacement starts with an 8. I asked if it was a refurb. The guy told me that apple doesn't have returns available yet.
Yours is new, but when did you get your replacement? iPhone 4s starting with 5K are just coming out.
 

itsmemuffins

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Just knowing that someone else touched it ruins the whole experience, obviously!
You do know that they change the housing, don't you?

Apple refurbs are as good as new.

Edit: Damn it people use smilies if you are being sarcastic!:p
 

Wyvernspirit

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My last three macs have all been refurbs. As for my iPhones, I would, but I can't wait that long to get one, so they have all been new (though my first iPhone did die and was replaced, prob with a refurb).
 

jenga1891

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mine was replaced yesterday as well in the sf Stockton st store and it started with a 5K in serial. however it works flawlessly so far. the replacements before were all non-refurbished but I was able to find a problem right away for each one. I have yet to find a problem with this one so I'm really happy. the Mac bar genius told me that the refurbished units are almost brand new with the exception of the chip and possibly the camera--housing is brand new :)
 

rans0m00

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With the few exchanges I have had with Apple the replacement has been flawless anyways.
 

SVT Amateur

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I'm getting a refurbished one but I have to wait a week for them to get them in stock. My brand new iPhone I got this past week has a defective camera.
 

Macbie

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Even the Apple girl whom helped me did the exchange yesterday said she wants a refurb phone her self because they have better qualities than the brand new ones.
 

Black.Infinity

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i exchanged mine too on Friday and the guy took my iphone out of a black box and then put my old one into that box and i even asked him if it is a refurbished one or not and he said they do not have one yet so all are brand new and here is my replacement serial id 5k0290pka4t
 

ItsJustafnPhone

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Refurbs have had far more testing than new models. They will probably be a better solution to your problem than a new one.
completely false

when apple refurbishes a phone they replace what doesn't work with a new part and then put brand new exterior parts on it, then test as usual.

This is a BIG reason why apple relies on those water sensors. Unlike other things (like an LCD that doesn't work) when a phone has water damage it pretty much has to be thrown away.

My replacement phone was new (8K)

but honestly I've had refurbished phones in the past and they were just as good as new.. I opened it up and didn't see any additional dust or fingerprints so I imagine they also take the time to clean the internal parts completely when they refurbish the unit
 

Aboo

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i exchanged mine too on Friday and the guy took my iphone out of a black box and then put my old one into that box and i even asked him if it is a refurbished one or not and he said they do not have one yet so all are brand new and here is my replacement serial id 5k0290pka4t
its not necessarily safe to post your serial number in a public forum.
 

nelly41

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Yours is new, but when did you get your replacement? iPhone 4s starting with 5K are just coming out.
I got mine replaced last Sunday.
 
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