What's more rare?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    A brand new sealed iPhone 1 (first one, only released in US) or a brand new sealed iPhone 3G? I'm guessing they won't be that expensive now but in the future they will. Anyone know the prices of both lf them.
     
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    Anonymous Freak

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    Since both are already obsolete as computing devices, they only retain real value from collectibility.

    And the original iPhone wins there. Fewer were made, and it's the original in the line.

    But don't expect them to become outrageously expensive for a *LONG* time. And with the non-replaceable battery, eventually the battery in there will deteriorate, so being sealed might be a detriment, since it means you won't know if it works or not.

    The original Macintosh only became truly expensive as a collectible in the past two years. For two decades prior, they were often failing to sell on eBay when listed at under $100. Only the Lisa, with its combination of extreme rareness originally, combined with the physical modification upgrade that was provided that turned them into newer (less collectible) models; along with the also extremely rare Apple I, have true ridiculous prices.

    The Macintosh 512K, which came out after the original Macintosh, but is still plenty "rare", has barely any value. There were millions of original iPhones made. (6.1 million according to an Apple press release soon after the iPhone 3G's release, when they commented that the 3G had achieved 6.9 million sold in comparison.)
     
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    gkarris

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    The NISB (New In Sealed Box) original iPhone is already fetching a nice penny.

    Definitely that over the 3G...
     
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    Gav2k

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    First gen wasn't just released in the u.s
     
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    gkarris

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    Maybe the OP has the 4Gig model?
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the informative post.

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    To my knowledge it was, I guess I was misinformed. Thanks
     
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    Gav2k

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    It was released on July 29, 2007 in the u.s then in November uk, France and Germany

    Since then every iphone has launched in the u.s and most of Europe other countries add to the initial launch list each year.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I live in Australia and I don't think it launched here. I just assumed that if it didn't launch in Australia it didn't launch elsewhere except the US. Australia is I think second in iPhone mania to the US market share wise.
     
  9. macrumors demi-god

    Gav2k

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    It didn't. July 2008 you guys got the 3g
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yep :)
     
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    zorinlynx

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    The battery may be toast soon, if not already.

    Li-Ion batteries very slowly lose charge over time. But after six years, the charge may be close to 0%. Once you get a certain amount below 0%, the battery becomes unsafe to charge, so an internal protection circuit permanently disables the battery.

    I don't know how much the factory seal adds to the value of this collectible... But if you can find a way to plug it in, and charge the battery to around 80%, this will preserve it for several more years.
     
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    aPple nErd

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    DO NOT UNWRAP IT! That would make it almost worthles!!!
     

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