Let’s talk about the main differences between a refurbished iPhone and a fake or a new device.

You’ve probably noticed the “refurbished” mark next to different smartphones in stores. As a rule, they restore models of famous brands – Samsung and Apple. But most of these gadgets, of course, are iPhones – they are cheaper and look like new.

What is a refurbished iPhone?

To begin with, it is essential to understand that a refurbished device is not just a gadget that was being repaired. These are models that the assembly factory refused to sell as new due to some problem. Perhaps, initially, the camera of such a smartphone did not work, or the screen was damaged. Still, even due to a minor defect, it was subjected to full diagnostics and restoration (hence the name of such devices – refurbished).

The phone is reassembled, defective parts are replaced, and then sold cheaper than a new one under the Certified Pre-Owned program. At the same time, the smartphone receives the original serial number and the official manufacturer’s warranty.

The main differences between the refurbished iPhone

You can buy a “correctly” refurbished iPhone at a discount in the official ReStore or from Apple partners – for example, in M.Video. Then you do not have to worry if you have been sold a fake. If, on the contrary, you want to buy a new iPhone with all its advantages and are afraid that you will be sold a refurbished one disguised as a new one, we also advise you to make purchases in official stores. However, the restored and the latest gadget are no different and work “on equal terms”.

To be sure of what you are buying, learn how to distinguish a refurbished iPhone from a fake or new device: 

  • Pay attention to the label on the box. If the phone was restored, then the model number will start with the letter F (for new ones, it is M or P).
  • The packaging of the refurbished iPhone itself will be plain white, marked Certified Pre-Owned. There should not be any pictures or model names on the box.
  • If you have the opportunity to turn on the gadget before buying (if not, run from this store), then go to its settings, item “About device”, or immediately open iTunes. The serial number of the phone will be indicated there – it must match the one stated on the box.
  • You can also check the right to service the device on the official Apple page checkcoverage.apple.com – to do this. You will have to enter the site under your ID and enter the serial number of your smartphone.
  • Remember that the original iPhones don’t have a dual SIM slot or memory card – this is a sure sign of a fake.
  • The iPhone 7 and 8 use a touchpad instead of the Home button – often replaced by a mechanical key on fake iPhones.
  • Finally, pay attention to the appearance of the device – the case should not crack or crackle, and icons and programs should correspond to the iOS style. Yes, sometimes craftsmen install an “apple-like” shell on Android and sell fakes under the guise of real iPhones.
How to tell a refurbished iPhone from a new one? TechRechard

What models did Apple restore?

There are already a lot of iPhones – almost every year Apple releases new models. However, not all of them are offered as refurbished. The company did not restore new gadgets – the iPhone 11, iPhone XS and iPhone XR series. If you see a refurbished iPhone 11 Pro, it is most likely either a fake or a handcrafted refurbished phone (aka seller refurbishing). No manufacturer’s warranty covers such a device, so we do not recommend buying it, even for the sake of economy.

But models from the series iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone X may well be refurbished and sold cheaper than new ones.

Nevertheless, in order not to be deceived and not to buy a fake, be sure to check the iPhone IMEI at checkcoverage.apple.com – it must match the one indicated on the box and in the smartphone settings.

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