Currently Being ModeratedOct 17, 2013 3:37 AM (in response to sophia2626)
This is how express replacement works. Apple places a hold on the users account for the value of the iPhone in the event the user does not return the defective iPhone being replaced.
Once the defective iPhone has been returned, the charge will come off the account.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 17, 2013 11:05 AM (in response to sophia2626)
Ad diesel said, that's the way it works. They authorize the price of a new phone against your card. If you do not retrun the defective phone, they will charge you for the replacement. If you return it, the charge will be reversed.
Also, just FYI: "i bought a brand new unopened iphone 5 on ebay"... there is no such thing. Just like you can't buy a brand new car from your next door neighbor (unless they own a dealership of course). There are no authorized sources for iPhones on ebay. It's remotely possible that the phone is, in fact, unopened and in new condition... however, it ceased being "new" the minute it was purchased from Apple or a carrier.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 22, 2013 7:47 AM (in response to mcrapts)
I beg to differ. The phone stops being "new" the minute it's purchased from a legitimate distributor. Just like a car stops being new when it's sold by the dealer. The warranty period starts when it's first sold.