Watch out for iPhones 'refurbished' with counterfeit parts – because it's apparently a thing now

Watch out for iPhones 'refurbished' with counterfeit parts – because it's apparently a thing now
If you are going to repair iPhones, you better not use fake parts stamped with Apple logos less you risk losing a customer or two! Unfortunately, that's what Canada's Freedom Mobile did. An investigation revealed that a refurbished iPhone 5S sold by the carrier was patched up with counterfeit or aftermarket parts not certified by Apple. And we're not talking a nut here, a bolt there, and a cable soldered the wrong way.

Rather, Freedom made – or unknowingly received – a FrankeniPhone with aftermarket battery, casing, display, and camera. Not surprising, then, that the device's battery drained quickly, the casing didn't feel right, or the camera took potato-quality pictures. Shame on Freedom, as life has shown one can easily source the correct parts and build a better-working iPhone themselves.

Washing their hands from the mess, Freedom issued an apology and gave the customer a brand new iPhone SE. One could do a lot worse when it comes to damage control, so let's hope this was a single, isolated blunder. Then again, Freedom has never been officially authorized by Apple to sell iPhones, so you may be better off looking elsewhere.




1. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

It's sad and good at the same time. Who in their right mind will buy a refurbished iphone 5s when there are better alternatives at the same price.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Some Idiot who just has to have an iPhone no matter what, I have a friend who just bought a 6s with a cracked screen and dents just because they had to have an iPhone no matter what, not to mention it was the 16gb variant smh fail.

4. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

why is someone an idiot because they choose an iphone? You ever think that maybe you are the idiot for being so offended and insulting?

7. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

If you buy an iPhone 6s 16gb with a cracked screen just for the sake of having an iPhone, you're an idiot lol

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Owning an iPhone doesn't make you an idiot, it's how people act about buying them and what some have done to get one that makes them an idiot for buying an iPhone. For example, buying a used iPhone in terrible condition just because you wanted it so badly and not because it's the only thing you can afford or selling an organ to pay for a new iPhone.

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its all depend on why you want an iphone. If you have an ipad , mac computer ect then its make all the sense in the world as they will work all together. If its because you need a specific app for work only available on ios ( wich is getting more rare now ) then again its make sense. If its because you think its the best device all around then yes you are an idiot. If its because its from apple then yes you are an idiot. Simple is it not? All question of needs.

13. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Nope, no-one is idiot for preferring a brand over another. What makes for all the idiocy is hype. People of any age seem to prefer smartphones over books, over traveling, over living... In third world countries a flagship may cost well over ten times the minimal wage.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At the end of the day Bucky any person that buys an iPhone 5s in 2017, is an idiot, period! It's old an there is no denying that today there are much better alternatives, at or even cheaper prices. Not to mention more features and better battery life. The iPhone 5s came out in 2013. So yeah, any person buying an iPhone 5s for $100 or more is an idiot.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I rather buy a used phone versus a refurbished one. Especially on eBay when the seller claims its -Factory refurbished and yet has dings and dents and shows signs of usage. A Factory refurb shows zero signs of usage because the OEM replaces the damaged parts including the casing. Scammers! For a carriers ot sell such is unforgivable. But at leats they gave him a newer model. Apple would have just replaced a damaged or bad phoen with the same.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

The world is full of iDiots, Mr. notfair... I've an Indian friend whose nephew has recently arrived from India. The boy had an iPhone 5. Out of curiosity, I jokingly asked him: "Still rocking that old brick, I see"... And I just couldn't believe what came next.... That boy was madly in love with that little thing... Started 'preaching' me how this phone has by far the best shape in the world and how this phone is distinctive from the rest of the smartphone 'herd'... According to him, The design of iPhone 6 and its successors just can't hold a candle against the design of the 5/5S/SE...! And I was like, WOW...!!! Oh well, G'Day!

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or buy an iPhone period, other than you might have too.

9. applesnapple93

Posts: 315; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Oh man.... if this comes to the united states Verizon is in trouble! sent me a replacement iphone 5s that looked like a playschool toy. completely fake parts, sent it back and went to the apple store.

10. munn0014

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 19, 2017

So much incorrect information here. First off it was not Freedom Mobile it was a franchise owner that owns a couple of stores (not the entire company). This individual sold a Grey Market device, meaning it was not certified by Freedom and they had no knowledge of the device. In fact they replaced the phone for the customer with a brand new iphone SE to make up for the Dealership's mistake. Please don't spread fake news until you know all the details. This article is mere puffery.

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iPhones are well worth it refinished or used instead of buying Samsung galaxy J A C prime max mini pro s**t. Quality long lasting hardware and Android Vs iOS are the big differences people find thus still go for Apple phones.

15. SaRPeR

Posts: 148; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Galaxy A5 2017 is still better than iPhone 5/5S/6/6S/SE and Plus variants.

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