Need your help. Buy renewed iPhone 11 or new?

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ealvin

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I just purchased a renewed iPhone 11 from an Amazon. partner. The phone is $499 with a 90-day warranty. The battery is at least 80% of capacity with no physical defects when held at arms length. A similar new 11 is $599. I'm wondering if this is a prudent move or not. What's your take.

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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I prefer not to by "renewed" phones, especially from "partners" of Amazon. I would spend the extra to get a new one from Apple. This would get you a 1 year warranty.

There are lots of Amazon "partners" that sell questionable items (knockoff Apple cables that don't work for syncing, knockoff Airpods that are not, knockoff ear buds that don't work, etc.) so I would have a hard time trusting that this $499 device is an iPhone, let alone an iPhone 11 and not an X or another similar sized phone. The warranty is short, and if they choose a slow shipping method, they can burn that warranty down even shorter. If they send you one with someone else's Apple ID in it, you can't restore the phone and some upgrades may lock you out of it.

If you trust this seller, have done successful business with them before or know someone that has, then it may be OK to get the renewed phone. Verify there is a return policy, check the reviews for successful returns, and try everything you can with the phone the first day you get it. Initialize, backup, restore, Bluetooth, WiFi, Data connections, iCloud, App Store....
 

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Thank you for such a detailed, thoughtful post. I really appreciate your comments and totally agree wholeheartedly.
 

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I just purchased a renewed iPhone 11 from an Amazon. partner. The phone is $499 with a 90-day warranty. The battery is at least 80% of capacity with no physical defects when held at arms length. A similar new 11 is $599. I'm wondering if this is a prudent move or not. What's your take.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Return it get iPhone 13 Pro.
 
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