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[Q] Bought an S5 on eBay? How to tell if it is a refurb? Does this sound fishy?

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18th May 2014, 04:51 AM |#11  
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Thanks for the updates.

OOOPS!

Now I feel bad about naming the seller -- she was super nice on the phone and the phone was shipped very quickly. That being said it wasn't in new condidition, someone tried to cover that up (on the outside) and I find it odd that customs would have Samsung "DO NOT ACCEPT IF SEAL IS BROKEN" stamps. I wonder who really put the new seal on top of the old seal.

But I still feel bad if I in any way slandered them (which I obviously clearly have). Especially if was incorrect in my reason for doing so.


Still interested to hear more comments about your counts and/or methods for checking a phone and/or what you would do in my case.

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18th May 2014, 05:02 AM |#12  
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Thanks for the updates.

OOOPS!

Now I feel bad about naming the seller -- she was super nice on the phone and the phone was shipped very quickly. That being said it wasn't in new condidition, someone tried to cover that up (on the outside) and I find it odd that customs would have Samsung "DO NOT ACCEPT IF SEAL IS BROKEN" stamps. I wonder who really put the new seal on top of the old seal.

But I still feel bad if I in any way slandered them (which I obviously clearly have). Especially if was incorrect in my reason for doing so.


Still interested to hear more comments about your counts and/or methods for checking a phone and/or what you would do in my case.

looking at my s5 box, which i purchased from my mobile carrier EE (one of the biggest service providers in the UK)
you can see in the picture I've taken I have a second broken seal sticker. nothing to worry about bro, test all the phones features to make sure they work and check for scratches etc.. if all is ok, you have yourself a good 8 core s5, now stop being so paranoid lol enjoy your phone!
IMAGE OF MY BOX
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18th May 2014, 05:10 AM |#13  
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DONE in the post and picture.

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looking at my s5 box, which i purchased from my mobile carrier EE (one of the biggest service providers in the UK)
you can see in the picture I've taken I have a second broken seal sticker. nothing to worry about bro, test all the phones features to make sure they work and check for scratches etc.. if all is ok, you have yourself a good 8 core s5, now stop being so paranoid lol enjoy your phone!
IMAGE OF MY BOX

Wow. THANK YOU!

I guess that I need to stop reading so much conspiracy stuff. Actually I just Google'd "conspiracy theories" and have a lot of studying to do -- there are millions of them!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...iracy_theories

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18th May 2014, 04:40 PM |#14  
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My new out the box s5 had a headphone count of 4

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18th May 2014, 05:29 PM |#15  
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Guys, there are no refurb S5's on the market unless it has been repaired by some seller himself and resold. Refurbed units have not yet had time to go through the refurbishing cycle which takes close to 2 months. If any of you had their phone broken by something covered under warranty, you'd all get a new unit provided by your carrier and not a refurbed unit.

All of you that bought on ebay simply bough a used unit sold as new.
19th May 2014, 12:28 AM |#16  
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Guys, there are no refurb S5's on the market unless it has been repaired by some seller himself and resold. Refurbed units have not yet had time to go through the refurbishing cycle which takes close to 2 months. If any of you had their phone broken by something covered under warranty, you'd all get a new unit provided by your carrier and not a refurbed unit.

All of you that bought on ebay simply bough a used unit sold as new.

Good points.

One bad thing about having an octacore in the US is that Samsung won't support it. As soon as you tell them the IMEI (required to open a case) they tell you to call someone else.
19th May 2014, 05:11 AM |#17  
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Good points.

One bad thing about having an octacore in the US is that Samsung won't support it. As soon as you tell them the IMEI (required to open a case) they tell you to call someone else.

Yeah, it makes sense. But thats not Samsung's fault. The carriers push samsung to act that way. In canada, you never have to deal with Samsung, you simply call your carrier, tell them your phone is not working, and if after their basic troubleshooting steps the phone still doesn't work, they send you a new or refurbished unit with a return box to send back your defective unit. It's much better that way as you have no down time. Also, it means no matter if your phone is rooted and you fried your cpu because you dont know how to overclock, samsung never has to approve of the return. I know that because i fried my s3 by overvolting and overclocking my phone and i still got a unit provided by my carrier.

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19th May 2014, 03:12 PM |#18  
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appinfo shows 3 headphone uses on my phone as well and I have never had any inserted

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26th July 2014, 01:40 AM |#19  
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Thanks for the advice about this program.
I got a replacement just today from T-Mobile and wanted to see if it was refurbished or not and my counts are 80 on headset and 260 on charger.
So that answers my question.
So much for the expectation of a new one they told me.
If it don't fix the wifi calling issue that line had it will be going back.
11th November 2014, 11:39 AM |#20  
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Phone Info app was helpful
I'm thankful to see this thread today. I just got a Galaxy Tab 12.2. When i turned it on it didn't go through the normal setup. Then I found the device name was "Ballsac Bob Cannon."

Before thinking too much about that I changed the device name. I was connected to my work network and felt the device name might be considered inappropriate.

When i got home, i fianlly started trying to use the device. It was so slow! I found ,myself waiting on everything . For a high end device like this, thats a problem.

So this morning I took to xda to find out if there is a way to tell if it was used. I used the Phone Info app. The charger has been connected over 40 times!!! And the refurb check shows its refurb or not genuine....

FWIW, the headset counter also said two. A previous poster commented this might be normal.

Also, i got to looking at the list of wifi networks. Its been connected to "amzn-guest."

Looks like I'm calling Amazon today!
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