Anyone still using the iPhone 3G?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Math889, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. Math889 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2016
  2. ibookg409 Suspended


    Apr 20, 2016
    Portsmouth, NH
    I still have one but I don't use it. The 3G was my only white iPhone.
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    They were great phones, but it's been a few years since I've seen anyone using one.
  4. sunking101 macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2013
    I would certainly pity them, unless all they did was make phonecalls and send SMS.
  5. anonymous guy macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2010
    Seeing anybody using an iPhone 3G or 3GS is quite the rare sight these days. The oldest model commonly seen in public are 4/4S models, usually with varying levels of screen damage.

    I sat next to a lady using an iPhone 3GS as her work phone on an airplane. I thought that was a rare appearance (plus the sight of pre-iOS 7 software design.)
  6. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    My girlfriend has a 3GS, a 6s, and a 7 Plus.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Are you using an iPhone 3G?
  8. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    living hell
  9. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2015
    I have one but if I was even remotely thinking about using it all I have to do is turn on my iPhone 7 and that thought quickly passes.
  10. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
    I have a 3GS. I still use it but only as an XM radio using the XM Skydock app and the XM Skydock. Why? Because I don't have to have wires everywhere for an XM radio and the Skydock also works with my iPod Classic.

    The 3GS is excruciatingly slow by todays standards though and I can only imagine how much more slow the 3G since the S in 3GS stood for speed.

    I do have a 6S and a 6S+ in use today as well as a few Android phones.
  11. nordique macrumors 6502a

    Oct 12, 2014
    I've seen someone use one still. Thought they used it as an iPod but nope.
  12. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    My dad uses a 3GS as his phone. I keep asking if he wants a new one, but he keeps telling me that he likes his phone.
  13. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    The 3G and 3GS were comfortable iPhones to hold, that's for sure.
  14. Math889 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2016
  15. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
    I downgraded my old 3GS to 4.1 because I have one app, the XM Skydock app which never worked 100% correctly on 6.1 where I was on. The last update the XM Skydock app received was for iOS 4. The Skydock app was designed to work with the XM Skydock which turned the 3GS or iPod Touch into an XM radio. The nice thing about the Skydock was, it was also a dock for an iPod Classic so I always enjoyed using it back around 1999 or so and I started using it and activated the XM sub on the dock.

    So I went back to 4.1 on the 3GS and this phone is super fast. I hated trying to use the Skydock app on the phone with 6.1 because it was so freakin slow.

    I had a hard time downgrading because I kept trying to use my 2015 MBP, my 2012 MBP and then my Surface Pro 3. None of these would work. Finally I got my 2008 black MacBook out, dusted it off and powered it up. Downgrading worked instantly on it so I'm glad I kept that old MB around.

    Of course I can't find any apps on the store now that will install on 4.1 other then the XM Skydock app so I have an old 3GS with that app on it.
  16. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Gawd, no. I tried playing around with a 3Gs last year and hated it. Torture on iOS6.

    Rather use a budget Android or WP released in 2015 with Snapdragon 400 or 410 before using any smartphone from the pre-2012 era. Even a 5c is far more tolerable. But ask someone with a MacBook Pro or Air from 2008, it would still hold up much better today than a phone from more than five years ago. And that's with old software that came with it and was never updated. Smartphones in general have shorter lifespans than notebooks by nearly half.
  17. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    Awful memories of my 3G, my first iPhone. It was fine until like iPhone OS 3 (?) at which point it turned into a worthless pile of garbage. OS 4 was supposed to fix that, but never really did.

    Sadly I used that pile of crap for nearly 3 years, shattered screen and all for 9 months, since there was no point getting a 4 since I was moving home from Japan soon enough. My launch day 4S couldn't come fast enough when we were finally back stateside.
  18. johnmed macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2009
    I sold my 6 plus a week before I got the 7 (release day). During that week I was forced to suffer my old 3G. My word it was tough.

    I only did it because the company that bought it from me were offering ~£85 more than they would had they received it the week after.
  19. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    I have a 3GS that still works which was my first iPhone. I keep it as a spare with a working "pay as you go sim in it". I get a lot of overseas visitors and let them have it to keep in touch while visiting.
  20. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    Nope, currently using iPhone 7 Plus. How times have changed tho
  21. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I sure hope not. If I did I'd give them one of the 4S' I have in my drawer.
  22. iPhone Momma macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2016
    My 7 year old nephew is happily using my old iPhone 3GS with no cell service, for playing games only. Recently, he thought it would be funny to dip the entire phone in a cup of lemonade. It destroyed the home button (wouldn't do anything) and some other components, but still turned on. We made a genius bar appointment, took it in, and they replaced it (for a small fee), but they replaced it. With a new 3GS. This is a true story.

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