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Apple service on an unlocked iPhone?
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GSixZero
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Oct 30, 2009, 06:52 PM
 
I've got a 2G iPhone unlocked on TMobile. it's out of warranty, but the battery is hurting and I'd like to do the $79 battery replacement service.

If I take it to the genius bar will the do the swap or will they give me crap about the fact that I'm using it unlocked?

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Oct 30, 2009, 07:00 PM
 
My guess is that they won't touch it.
     
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Oct 30, 2009, 07:03 PM
 
That's lame.

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Oct 30, 2009, 09:52 PM
 
Get your old AT&T SIM, put it in, and "restore" the phone with iTunes. Unless your phone was unlocked with some sort of hardware hack, they shouldn't know the difference.

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Oct 30, 2009, 10:04 PM
 
Stuff like this is why a replaceable battery would make things much better.

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Oct 31, 2009, 09:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
Get your old AT&T SIM, put it in, and "restore" the phone with iTunes. Unless your phone was unlocked with some sort of hardware hack, they shouldn't know the difference.
This.
Just restore it via iTunes and they won’t be able to tell that it was unlocked.
They will probably do the swap even without a SIM in the Phone. If they ask (I doubt it) just say the AT&T SIM is in your replacement phone which you left at home. Or you took the SIM because of security/privacy concerns. Or make up some other excuse on the fly…
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Oct 31, 2009, 05:54 PM
 
You could just say you have been using it as an iPod since get a 3G or 3GS.
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Nov 2, 2009, 12:29 AM
 
Be careful. Before you do the battery swap, find out what they do with the phone. Do they just replace the battery, or will they just give you a new (refurbished) phone? Since you're talking about a 2G phone, it doesn't matter, but if one has a new 3GS, the newer phones may be harder to jailbreak and/or unlock.
     
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Nov 2, 2009, 05:56 PM
 
AFAIK, the $79 “battery replacement” is a refurb of sorts — it was someone else’s phone with its battery replaced. Your non-broken phone will have its battery replaced and be given to someone else.

Same with iPods, unless it’s personalized.

Note that these units, like the refurbs, get new housings, so they look brand new.
     
   
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