Registered: Aug 2002
Location: St. Louis
Originally posted by kruiser
I don't think this is the right way either. My Prism box (purchased yesterday) has a promotional sticker that says "get a VisorPhone free with service activation", yet my serial number AEBEB1024**** would suggest the Prism was built in 2001, the 2nd week. Problem is back in Januaray 2001 Visorphones were not free yet (they became free some time after September 2001). So unless the sticker was slapped on in the warehouse after the Prism came off of the asmbly line, that serial number method suggested by Active Armor cannot be right. Any thoughts?
Yes, more than likely it "was slapped on in the warehouse after the Prism came off of the asmbly line". This is not an uncommon marketing scheme, to use the products packaging for add-on advertising for accessory or complementary products.
Having worked for various manufacturers as an engineer, I know that quite often the date is incorporated into the serial number, sometimes in "code", using letters, and sometimes with the plain old "Julian" date. For those who do not know what a "Julian" date is, this is the number of the day of the year and the year itself. So, "1024***" might just mean 2001(1), 24th day (024) of the year, or January 24. My Prism sticker has the same letters, so they probably do indicate the model code, followed by "2054****". I presume the * indicates the rest of the numbers, which would identify a specific unit. The first digit might indicate which shift it was manufactured on 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. The remaining digits would just be assigned serially (hence "serial" number) as the units came off the line on that shift, starting with "001". Presumably, the units were not manufactured faster than 999 per 8 hours. Otherwise, all four digits may just be the serial number for that day's production, regardless of shift, so no more than 9999 per day would be expected.
This would make sense if the number below the serial number on the box indicated the shipping date code, in my case "02-054-00", being three days after assembly, the "00" possibly indicating some other code, like say, destination country or even shipping status, like "ship to retailer", "ship to Handspring", etc.
Just a few more thoughts for anyone trying to "crack the code"!
"I am not a number, I am a person!"