A bunch of old iPhones, sell, or keep?

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by dontwalkhand, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I literally owned every iPhone with the exception of the 4S since 2007. Including the original 2G iPhone that started it all.

    The 2G iPhone can barely fetch $50 nowadays. But if kept in great condition, do you think this iPhone would be worth anything?

    After all it is the iPhone that started what we know as smartphones today.
  2. tardman91 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    It's kind of a toss up. On one hand it's the original iPhone, on the other it's an outdated old phone that's just about worthless. I don't think it will hold much value over the long run for a few reasons. For one, if you hold on to it long enough to have any collectors value, it's doubtful that you would be able to use it as a phone as the technology keeps evolving, or even run most apps on it. How long will the battery be good for or hold a charge?
  3. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I would keep the original iPhone. It's small so not like it's taking up ton of space and as you said you won't get much for selling it now.

    People are paying big bucks for Newton 2100's and Steve Jobs had nothing to do with those. I think the original iPhone's will have a market for Apple collectors in the future.
  4. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
  5. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    The problem will be the sheer number of them made, which will lower the value. I will still hold on to mine though.
  6. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    I donated my previous iPhones to local charities so they can accept credit cards via Square payments.
    Tax deduction > Street Value
  7. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    4GB and 16GB's are slightly scarcer. MIB demands excellent money- but even complete, in an opened box (matching numbers: not refurbished!) is collectable.

    I own 15 of these all in their original boxes- two that have never been activated and are running 1.1 firmware. The others are MINT with little to no use. It's taken me a couple of years to gather these.

    It's a fun part of our history and even today I used one that I bought as part of a package deal (no box and it is used yet in decent shape) as an iPod at the gym.

    What's a kick is trying to locate apps in the app store that will still work on these older models!
  8. lowbelly macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2007
    I'd say it's more like the original iMacs… 10 years on and they go for less than $50. Just too many of them sold.
  9. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    the iPhone was not the first smart phone ... as far as older iPhones being wort anything? ... as others have mentioned, they made too many for them to be collectible.

    The only way they will retain any value ... would require them to be unopened and sealed in the original package or ... another 150 years to pass.
  10. BugBytes macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2011
    If space wasn't a problem, I'd keep them until I had a good opportunity to sell them.
  11. nouncer macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    1st Gen iPhone 4Gb Factory Sealed in box

    At the risk of being flamed, I have a brand new, factory sealed 1st generation iPhone (4Gb, black) that I would like to sell. It's not up on eBay yet.

    Is it permissible to mention it here? Or are sales prohibited in the forum?
  12. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    You're being polite about it, but no- this isn't the forum to do so. With that preliminary out of the way, shoot me a PM as I'd be interested...
  13. buster102 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2012
    Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
    Why dont you guys give your old iphones on those people
    who does not own one ( like me ) and who wants to own one..
  14. pagansoul macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2006
    I use my old edge iphone as a remote for my Sonos sound system. They also work well with apple TV.
  15. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    Apart from the iPhone 2g, (I still have mine as a backup) I can't really see the other phones being collectors items. They sold many 3Gs, 3Gs's, and 4's considering they are or were free with contract, but since the iPhone was purchase only, I think I'll be worth something in 5 years or so. Not to mention it IS the first iPhone.
    I'd recommend holding on to any 2g's if you have them, and either finding a use for the newer ones, or selling them. You can't hold onto everything forever because you might make an unforeseeable profit on it sometime in the future.
  16. nickdylan macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2012
    According to Wikipedia, 6.1 million original iPhones were sold. They're pretty hearty and long-lived, from what I've seen, so I'd be willing to bet most of those are still around. I doubt it will be worth too much as a collector's item unless it's in a sealed box.

    On the other hand, it's one of the single most important pieces of mobile phone history - maybe worth keeping for that alone? It's not like it takes up a ton of space :)
  17. 92jlee macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2009
    Cardiff, Wales, UK
    I would like a first iPhone 2g that would work on British networks, if they really go for $50 then I'm in luck.
    I collect unusual phones - w900i, Nokia n91 and a few others all boxed.
  18. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    I keep my original 4GB iPhone around mostly because I still think it's a great little device, and a 4GB iPhone makes for an interesting conversation piece with fellow geeks. It was my main phone for several years, so it's a bit worn. I keep it out of nostalgia :)

    I unlocked my old 3GS through AT&T and keep it around as an international travel phone these days.

    My 4S still happily lives in my pocket :)
  19. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    One thing that I find nifty about the original iPhone relates to the Dock that shipped with it. Not only have I been able to use my Dock perfectly well with every iPhone I've owned so far (Original, 3GS, 4S, although the 3GS was a little tight), but it is one of the only Apple products made that says "©2007 Apple Computer, Inc." on it. The only other one that I've been able to ID is the original Apple TV. I suppose it's because they were both introduced an hour or so before Apple dropped the "Computer". Kinda nifty having the last product stamped as made by Apple Computer :)

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