1. EagleFox007's Avatar
    02-08-2018 06:50 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I thought there was a time not long ago where you were no longer able to identity a refurbished iPhone.
    02-08-2018 08:18 PM
  3. bakron1's Avatar
    Thanks for the article, never knew how to identify one. You learn something every day.
    02-08-2018 09:07 PM
  4. EagleFox007's Avatar
    Thanks for the article, never knew how to identify one. You learn something every day.
    You’re welcome! I never knew it too until now.
    bakron1 likes this.
    02-08-2018 09:40 PM
  5. eyecrispy's Avatar
    Whoa. Did not know that. Thanks!
    02-09-2018 06:35 AM
  6. MaxSmarties's Avatar
    I thought there was a time not long ago where you were no longer able to identity a refurbished iPhone.
    Mmmh... I don’t remember. The first refurbished iPhone I received was an iPhone 4 (home button dead after 13 months) and the serial number was different from production’s.
    02-09-2018 06:43 AM
  7. wilber1's Avatar
    Great information thanks for the article .
    02-09-2018 07:35 AM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Mmmh... I don’t remember. The first refurbished iPhone I received was an iPhone 4 (home button dead after 13 months) and the serial number was different from production’s.
    There rumblings a few years back that Apple had changed its serial numbers somehow, but I will have to search the web for it. I did find a thread from a few years back where an inability to recognize a refurbished iPhone was discussed.

    https://forums.imore.com/ask-questio...ished-new.html

    I’m en route to the office now so I probably won’t be back in the forums until later this evening. Anyway, take care and have a great day...
    02-09-2018 08:09 AM
  9. nikkisharif's Avatar
    Good to know...Thanks for sharing this with us!!!
    02-09-2018 09:24 AM
  10. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Someone in the comments claims to work for Apple, and said that the article is not accurate.
    02-09-2018 06:26 PM
  11. Garz's Avatar
    Someone in the comments claims to work for Apple, and said that the article is not accurate.
    Well we just need somebody who has a replacement iPhone to confirm if there is truth to the article. Unfortunately I have several iPhones in my house and none are replacements.
    02-09-2018 06:58 PM
  12. EagleFox007's Avatar
    Someone in the comments claims to work for Apple, and said that the article is not accurate.
    I was going to say can you quote that person but I saw it inside the article that someone claims to be an Apple employee. Anyone can claim to be an Apple employee so we don’t know for sure unless someone here have a refurbished phone or had a replacement so we can confirm it.
    02-09-2018 07:25 PM
  13. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Anyone can claim to be an Apple employee so we don’t know for sure
    That's why I said "claims to be" instead of "he/she is".


    Hopefully someone with a refurb will chime in. I tend to take these types of articles with a grain of salt when there's no official links to back anything up. At the moment all I can find online are anecdotal statements.
    02-09-2018 08:03 PM
  14. MaxSmarties's Avatar
    Fortunately none of my current iPhone are refurbished ( 8+, 6S, SE and 5S), so I can’t check it. In the past it was correct, at least in my case.
    02-10-2018 03:09 AM
  15. GadgetMomma's Avatar
    I have a replacement phone (dropped and shattered my screen the week after I got it). I replaced it through Assurion and my number starts with an M
    02-10-2018 02:49 PM
  16. mogelijk's Avatar
    I have a replacement phone (dropped and shattered my screen the week after I got it). I replaced it through Assurion and my number starts with an M
    If you got your phone close to the release date, chances are they had no refurbished phones in the pipeline yet, and all the replacement phones were also new phones. I think it takes a month, or maybe a bit more, before they have the returned phones refurbished and available to be used as replacements.
    02-10-2018 03:41 PM
  17. linsiris's Avatar
    Wow, I had no clue...good to know! thank you for sharing!
    02-10-2018 06:46 PM
  18. Garz's Avatar
    I have a replacement phone (dropped and shattered my screen the week after I got it). I replaced it through Assurion and my number starts with an M
    Did it come in a retail box or other packaging? That would really tell us a lot.
    02-10-2018 07:13 PM
  19. GadgetMomma's Avatar
    If you got your phone close to the release date, chances are they had no refurbished phones in the pipeline yet, and all the replacement phones were also new phones. I think it takes a month, or maybe a bit more, before they have the returned phones refurbished and available to be used as replacements.
    I got mine right before Christmas, so I was honesty expecting a refurb. I honestly don’t feel like mine is though.
    02-10-2018 07:17 PM
  20. GadgetMomma's Avatar
    Did it come in a retail box or other packaging? That would really tell us a lot.
    Good point! I didn’t even think of that. It came in a box just like I got at the store - same apple packaging, new charger and headphones, etc - just like I got at AT&T
    02-10-2018 07:19 PM
  21. Garz's Avatar
    Good point! I didn’t even think of that. It came in a box just like I got at the store - same apple packaging, new charger and headphones, etc - just like I got at AT&T
    Ok. So it was a brand new retail unit then. So this wouldn’t answer our question about the lettering. But thanks for trying to help though.
    02-10-2018 07:21 PM
  22. EagleFox007's Avatar
    Good point! I didn’t even think of that. It came in a box just like I got at the store - same apple packaging, new charger and headphones, etc - just like I got at AT&T
    Then you got the brand new one. I had a replacement in the past and saw the guy took out the replacement phone in a small generic box not the original one and just handed me the phone without the box.
    02-11-2018 08:14 AM
  23. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    I’m curious for someone with a replacement or even an engraved iPhone would chime in. I have an engraved iPod mini 4th Generation but that’s about it
    02-11-2018 01:16 PM
  24. MizWylie's Avatar
    Good find! I'm going through replacement right now so I'll keep you guys posted!
    02-11-2018 05:45 PM
  25. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    The article didn't mention if the device were purchased at an approved retailer like Verizon. I assume those start with the "M" as well.
    02-11-2018 05:55 PM
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