Refurbished iPhone: What Are They?
At the moment, there are two types of restored iPhones on the market. The first is a device resuscitated at the official Apple factory. These are devices in which during the preparation for sale or in the first year of operation, defects were discovered and these devices were exchanged for new ones under warranty. Such phones are transported to Apple’s production facilities, where they are repaired and re-entered the mobile device market under the unusual Apple Certified label. Such devices are not sold at regular prices, but at a significant discount.
At the same time, such iPhones are equipped in the same way as new original copies and are visually indistinguishable from the latter, except for packaging. The box of the restored phone is made in white and there are no images on it. On the front of the package there is the name of the iPhone model.
Another type of refurbished phones is a device repaired at unofficial companies and industries. In addition to the large number of iPhones exchanged under warranty, which fall directly to official Apple production, a significant part of similar non-working devices for pennies is bought up by Chinese companies. These firms specialize in restoring the iPhone. Such companies are also successfully resuscitating non-working copies of phones and launching them on the market with the mark “Refurbished”.
When acquiring just such devices, you need to be as careful as possible. Not every Chinese company is able to carry out high-quality repair of iPhone 6S. By purchasing such a phone, the consumer cannot be absolutely sure that in a month or two after operation it will not turn into a brick that is not subject to further operation. After repairing such a phone in it, as a rule, only the motherboard and processor remain from the original device. An authentic touch ID can also be used. Everything else in such an apparatus changes to non-original components.
Often in such phones the screen, case and battery change. In addition, all related devices will not be original. For example, a USB cable, charger, headphones, and a clip to remove the SIM card. The box from the phone will not be authentic either.
Among the proven Chinese manufacturers of refurbished iPhones, Comwingo Electronics can be recommended. This is a large company, which is distinguished by the constant presence in the assortment of iPhone models, which are guaranteed to operate with domestic 4G LTE networks. It is no secret that often the main problem of phones shipped from Europe or the USA is that they do not work with Russian mobile operators.
How to distinguish a new original iPhone from a restored or Chinese copy?
In order not to get into an unpleasant situation when, under the guise of a new phone, the consumer sold a used or refurbished iPhone, you need to pay attention to a number of key details.
Firstly, it is important to evaluate the configuration of the device. Of course, the most important part of the kit is the phone itself. But on the accessories in the box, you can draw some conclusions. The best option is to purchase the phone in a new package, fully loaded and with the necessary documents.
Also, it is necessary to visually assess the appearance of the headphones and the plastic box. The gaps between the elements should be perfect, and on the top of the corporate cover will be squeezed Apple logo – Apple. On the contrary, fakes are often made sloppy and without an apple. In addition, you should pay attention to the charger. If the iPhone comes from the United States or Great Britain, and is equipped with charging for a European type of outlet, then the iPhone is not original.
The same is true for the box. Visually distinguishing the original packaging from a fake is almost impossible. But, phones from Britain come in a package that is slightly larger than others. This is due precisely to the use of a plug with three contacts in the kit. Accordingly, depending on the type of charger, the pads will also differ. In addition, often aftermarket charges for Europe are made identical in shape to American devices, although they should differ significantly. You should also pay attention to the brightness of the letters. For fakes, they are much brighter than the original packaging.
IPhone serial numbers
The next step is to turn on the iPhone and check the serial numbers of the device.
After downloading the phone, you need to make sure that it is not tied to someone else’s Apple ID. Otherwise, it will be impossible to go through the activation procedure and use this device in the future. So, if this is all right, you need to enter the phone settings. After that, go to the "Basic" section, and there select "About this device."
Now you should find the model, serial number and IMEI of the device. In addition, it is recommended to check the volume of the drive. It can be 16, 32, 64 or 128 Gb. After that, the information found must be compared with the data on the package. They must be identical. By the way, already at this stage of verification, you can get information about the country for which a specific instance of iPhone was released.
At the next stage, you should use one of the services on the Internet and check the iPhone by IMEI. As such sites, you can offer www.iphoneimei.info and a foreign resource www.imeidata.net. The first one is very simple and easy to use. You just need to insert the desired IMEI into the search form. After that, the service will display information about the phone. First, the color and capacity of the device will be indicated. They need to be compared with the actual characteristics of the iPhone, which is in the user’s hands. If the phone was under repair, then on the site it, for example, may appear in one color, but in reality it will be different. This means that the iPhone case has been replaced.
The serial number should be identical to what was on the packaging, in the phone settings and on the device’s body.
The Last SIM Activated parameter will indicate the services of which mobile operator you used on this device. Telephone Technical Support, Repairs & Service Coverage – data on technical support and warranty status. If the IMEI verification service indicates that they have expired, and the seller claims that the phone is new, then in fact an attempt is made to deceive. In addition, the system will show the country of destination or in English Country purchased. These data must be compared with the model number in which the state for which the device is manufactured is encrypted. For example, ME308LL / A. Here, the two letters before the slash indicate that the phone is made for the United States. The SIM Lock parameter should be set to Unlocked. This means that the iPhone can function with any SIM cards.
All similar information can be found on the second specified network resource. In addition, it provides the opportunity to perform one check without registration for the device being on the black list of mobile operators. This Free check Blacklist presents the main operators of Western countries.
Of course, after checking the phone with all the above methods, it is advisable to finally study its performance. It is necessary to evaluate the functionality of the buttons, microphone and speaker. In addition, you can check the operation of Wi-Fi, GPS, tilt sensor and even a compass. In conclusion, it will be appropriate to recall the letter codes of the states of sale of the new iPhone.