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- 02-27-2009, 07:30 PM #30TiPb Fourm Staff
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I would think they have to be pretty flawless to be resold at the prices Apple & AT&T resell them at.. or else they would all be different prices, because some people would be getting cheated if they got a lot of scratches on their phone when another person got a nearly flawless.
I haven't heard of the sticker policy..
- 02-28-2009, 06:44 AM #31
I have bought 3 of them. 2 were flawless and one had a sticker,,,,, or it came with a sheet that stated the 3 blemishes. It had 3 nicks on the bottom. I could tell it had been dropped. So far it is perfect. I never even notice the nicks on the bottom. I think it is a pretty awesome deal to get a guaranteed phone for $200.00 off and the 8GB are $250.00 off if you are due for an upgrade. $149.00 for a perfect iPhone is a heck of a deal.
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- 03-11-2009, 11:16 PM #34iPhone Nanite
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the one i got for my girlfriend was marked as blemished but i couldn't seem to find any scratchs or nicks. in fact when i punched the serial in to apple's site to see the warranty available, it looks like we have until november of 2009. not bad since i bought it a couple of weeks ago. and it looks like we can even purchase the apple care protection plan--BONUS!
- 03-12-2009, 04:54 AM #35
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- 04-04-2009, 11:11 AM #38
i just got a 16 gig refurbish its a BRAND new device, 9 out of 10 tims when you buy a refurbed its from people who have returned the phone in the 30 days for whatever reason....and the best thing of all i bought the 16 gig refurbed for 149 !!!!!!!! with a new contract of coarse :-)
- 04-04-2009, 02:24 PM #39
After speaking with an Apple "genius", they confirmed that there's quite a difference between how Apple qualifies a refurb vs. AT&T (I work for AT&T, not in wireless tho). That said, I've never had any problems with an AT&T refurb until I got my iPhone 3G 8GB. The battery was bad, died way to fast after an overnight charge.
I simply took it to an Apple store and they exchanged it for a brand new unit since it was only a few months into it's original warranty. Now I have a new unit for a refurb price, so that worked out quite well.
- 04-05-2009, 03:36 PM #40
Apple has a very good reputation with refurbs. If you have an issue with your iPhone and take it in, what do you think they replace it with?
9/10 times, it's a refurb.
They replace the casings if needed, the screen, or anything else before reselling.
I actually read in a forum somewhere that refurbs actually go through MORE quality control tests than new units do.
- 04-05-2009, 03:38 PM #41
I just got a refurb from apple yesterday. My screen was clicking like a Blackberry Storm! My refurb seems to be in perfect working order with no blemishes. It looks a whole lot better than the one I gave them! Now if I can only keep this one scratch free...
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- 04-06-2009, 03:04 PM #45iPhone Nanite
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I got the refurbished 8gig for $100 because it seemed like a good deal. Also ATT gives you a 90 day warranty on it (which i would think would be enough time to see if there are defects). On top of that I think apple still honors their year warranty from when the phone was first purchased, so I felt pretty safe that I wasn't going to get ripped off even if my refurbished phone didn't work right. I've had it about 2 weeks and no problems so far. Looks and functions just like new. I can't really see any downsides to trying it out.
- 04-07-2009, 12:55 PM #46
I got a refurbished phone, not by choice... The vibrate function quit working on my 3 month old 3G... sent it off the the mother ship (Apple) for diagnosis... they sent me a refurbished as a replacement. Can defiantly tell it is a refurbished phone. The fit and finish not quite the same as my new phone. That and there is something loose in it (I can hear it if I shake the phone)
- 04-07-2009, 01:44 PM #47iPhone Beginner
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I will NEVER buy anything that is refurbished.
I will NEVER buy an used car.
I'm sure not everyone has had bad experiences and I've never had it either because I never dealt with it but I just refuse to buy anything used that is electronic. I will however, gladly accept hand downs from family members.
- 04-07-2009, 02:38 PM #48
Used cars aren't a big deal. You just have to know that it has been taken care of by the original owner. Have a mechanic you trust look a used car over before you buy it and it is usually not an issue.
- 04-07-2009, 03:37 PM #49iPhone Nanite
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Used cars are a different story I've had good experiences with used cars also, but you have to know what to look for and it depends on the model of car. What bothers me about buying new cars is that the value of it drops so much as soon as you leave the lot, where as a used car already has that loss incurred.
- 04-07-2009, 05:03 PM #50