Whats the difference between a new iphone and a refubrished one?

Discussion in 'iPhone Newbies' started by omarV, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. omarV

    omarV Member

    Jun 21, 2009

    well that's the question, what's the difference? Should I get a refubrished one if i don't have the money for a new one??
  2. blue frog

    blue frog Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2008

    How Technically Oriented Are You?

    I think the answer, for you, depends upon just how technically proficient you are. If you are able to easily handle software and hardware glitches without losing a step, so to speak, you are going to be okay with a refurbished iPhone.

    However, if you are see yourself as a non-geek, non technical kind of a person, you would do much better to buy a new iPhone, directly from your nearest Apple retail store (along with the Apple Care plan for it--that's about an extra $99.00, but well worth it), so that you can have direct access to the folks who staff the Genius Bar in the Apple stores. Then, whenever you have a challenge (except for dropping it into water or dropping it and breaking the screen--which are not covered) the Genius at the Genius Bar will walk you through how to resolve the issue which is currently bothering you regarding your iPhone.

    I think this outlines the best way to decide whether to buy a refurbished iPhone (if you are technically proficient), or whether you should buy a new iPhone (along with the Apple Care Plan) if you are not a technically minded person.
  3. fardreamer

    fardreamer Active Member

    Jun 23, 2010

    I'd go with what Blue Frog said; if you are not a technical genius and don't know about hardware or software, getting a refurbished iPhone is a fool's errand. Yeah, you could save the money you would have spent on a new iPhone4, but what if it is not working properly after a few days or weeks? What if it's a knockoff made by some Mafia outfit in Italy?
  4. sonyman74

    sonyman74 Member

    Jun 26, 2010

    Well, I have had a few deal ins with getting a refurbished phone. Basically a refurbished phone could be one that was never used by anyone. Could have been one that was damaged in the store and sent back. I have had refurbished phones in the past and they worked better than the one that I purchased. Usually At&t gave you a refurbished phone if it was a warranty replacement. But If it is from the phone manufacture it should be good as new and should also have the same warranty as a new phone. Just to give a good example. When I got to the Apple store to get my NEW iPhone 4 I noticed it had a scratch on the top and bottom edge. Showed it to the sales person and she gave me a new phone. The will most likely send mine in to get a new front screen and resale it a refurbished or even as a new phone.
  5. naazlee

    naazlee Well-Known Member

    Jul 16, 2010

    Well, I think both refurbished and new phone has its own limitations and advantages. Of course if you are not a technical genius please treat yourself with a new one or wat till you can afford as it would be worth the cost and patience.