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    Question Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    I bought the Note 3 from AT&T a month or two after release and when they brought the phone out, it was in the Samsung box/sleeve (the brown-ish samsung box)

    I sold that of course and recently bought another Note 3. This time when they brought it out it was in the orange and white AT&T box.
    My original Note 3 was perfect in every way, camera was great etc.
    This "new" AT&T boxed Note 3 has been buggy, the camera doesn't seem anywhere near as good as the first one I bought.

    Are the AT&T packaged phones "refurbs" and they aren't telling people? or Returns that someone already used and brought back ( and AT&T repackaged it )

    I didn't even notice the package until I was on google looking for pictures so I can sell the Note 3 and saw the Samsung box and realized mine was in the AT&T box.....
    Anyone work for AT&T that can shed some light on this?
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    Default Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    It's actually kinda weird that they had one in a Samsung box, unless that location does its own boxing and they took it right out of a bulk container... Typically Samsung ships them to AT&T in the original packaging and AT&T will unload them and put them into their own box with their extra materials. With some devices, like the S4 they just used the same Samsung box; however on the Note 3 and many other devices they used AT&T packaging (and changed the box contents, to exclude headphones for example). That wouldn't necessarily indicate anything about an opened-package, return or refurbished unit, but getting the device in an AT&T box is normal and the expected container.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    Typically Samsung ships them to AT&T in the original packaging and AT&T will unload them and put them into their own box with their extra materials.
    Seriously? Do you have any source for that information? It would be an incredible wasted expense to unpack and repack millions of phones. Why would they do it that way, rather than have Samsung ship the AT&T packaging to begin with?

    It's not like AT&T just logs into Samsung's website and orders a few million pre-packaged phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mayconvert View Post
    I bought the Note 3 from AT&T a month or two after release and when they brought the phone out, it was in the Samsung box/sleeve (the brown-ish samsung box)...

    This time when they brought it out it was in the orange and white AT&T box.
    Your first purchase is the one that's weird. I've never seen or heard of a new AT&T Note 3 coming in anything other than the AT&T box.
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    Default Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    My friend bought a Note 3 on ATT on a 2 year contract. It came in the Samsung box. I purchased one from ATT as well, but on the Next plan. It came in the orange box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary02468 View Post
    Seriously? Do you have any source for that information? It would be an incredible wasted expense to unpack and repack millions of phones. Why would they do it that way, rather than have Samsung ship the AT&T packaging to begin with?

    It's not like AT&T just logs into Samsung's website and orders a few million pre-packaged phones.
    Its just something I read on XDA this winter when people were upset about the lack of headphones and some other things that came in the Samsung box and not in the AT&T and then I found out that Verizon does that same thing to the Moto X, so I'm somewhat assuming that its pretty common. And I agree that it is wasteful but they have to open it all anyways to add Sim card, literature, etc anyways so I'm not surprised that they want to brand the packaging at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvhs03 View Post
    My friend bought a Note 3 on ATT on a 2 year contract. It came in the Samsung box. I purchased one from ATT as well, but on the Next plan. It came in the orange box.

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    I also purchased my Note 3 on AT&T Next and it came in the orange box😔
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    I agree that it is wasteful but they have to open it all anyways to add Sim card, literature, etc anyways so I'm not surprised that they want to brand the packaging at the same time.
    No, they don't have to open the package to add SIM cards, literature, etc. They can just contract with Samsung to have it packaged that way in the first place. The repackaging alternative would be insane. Samsung already customizes the hardware to each carrier's specifications; do you really think they'd balk at customizing the box it comes in?

    It[']s just something I read on XDA this winter
    But you didn't see any actual source for that information mentioned on XDA, because there isn't any source for that information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvhs03 View Post
    My friend bought a Note 3 on ATT on a 2 year contract. It came in the Samsung box. I purchased one from ATT as well, but on the Next plan. It came in the orange box.
    Cool. I had only heard about the orange boxes previously, but I guess AT&T has used both kinds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary02468 View Post
    No, they don't have to open the package to add SIM cards, literature, etc. They can just contract with Samsung to have it packaged that way in the first place. The repackaging alternative would be insane. Samsung already customizes the hardware to each carrier's specifications; do you really think they'd balk at customizing the box it comes in?



    But you didn't see any actual source for that information mentioned on XDA, because there isn't any source for that information.
    My mistake then, there seems to be a wide consensus within XDA that it works that way with multiple carriers and devices.

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    Mine came in the orange AT&T box too. I thought it was strange too but I figured that there was no way that AT&T would have sold me a counterfeit device. It had the AT&T "It Can Wait" sticker screen thingy on it as well so I also figured that the device was a new device too.
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    Mine came in the AT&T box and i am madly in love with it. Dont even miss my iPhone 5.

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    Default Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    UPDATE:
    4.4.2 fixed every single issue I had. The phone no longer lags, the camera is taking clear pictures (like my first one did) ...
    I don't know if samsung has fixes mixed in with the kit kat, but now I am not sure I am going to get rid of it.
    I was pissed at samsung since this phone wasn't acting right and bought an LG G2.
    guess I will use both for a few days and see which one wins...
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    Default Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    Quote Originally Posted by mayconvert View Post
    4.4.2 fixed every single issue I had. The phone no longer lags, the camera is taking clear pictures (like my first one did)
    Glad to hear it! I'm very happy with the 4.4.2 improvements as well.
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    Default Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    my note 3 came in the crappy orange and white att box.
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    Default Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    I initially bought the Note 3 from AT&T in early January. I called into their call center to order it and it was sent to me in the Samsung packaging (brown / tan Samsung box). I got cold feet and returned it two days later. Fast forward two weeks... Then I started to miss it, and as it happens, AT&T was running a sale of 50% off. I repurchased it the same way (by calling into AT&T) and got it for $149 - brand new. The only difference was that it came in the AT&T branded box instead of the Samsung box. I thought it was weird, but the phone was brand new and works flawlessly. So, I guess the box costs $150? Not sure why they did that considering my S4 and S3 all came in the Samsung boxes.

    At this point, it doesn't bother me because I saved $150. It's a great phone and I have had no problems with it. Love my Note 3!
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    Default Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - Different Phone Packaging - Was I ripped off by AT&T?

    Mine also came in Orange and white box. Didn't think much of it cuz I got it on release before refurbished were out

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    Probably the first batch shipped to att were in the Samsung boxes to meet availability and the following shipments were in att boxes.

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