"basically" brand new? Hmmm.. Can you elaborate?
To the OP, thanks for that "*#*#786#*#*" trick. Hadn't seen that before. I swapped out my first SGN and got a replacement one from VZW. Was always wondering if it was a refurb. This says it is not.
BUT... you've got to ask: Is VZW coding that field? In other words, are they flipping the "Reconditioned Status" bit in the refurb process, or are they just noting the refurb status somewhere in their own system that we don't see.