iPhone 5 or earlier Bought the Original 1st Gen iPhone on eBay

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  1. ThatiPhoneKid, Apr 29, 2019
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    ThatiPhoneKid macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought the ORIGINAL iPhone 2g on eBay, it was an auction and I won it for just £42, it’s in very good condition with a few light scratches on the back and the screen has no scratches, does this sound like a good deal?

    I’m so happy!!

    Received it today, here are images

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  2. burrzoo macrumors newbie

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    And someday it might sell for hundreds... Being a collectors item!
     
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Sounds like you did fairly well. Does it actually power on and function? How is the battery life?
     
  4. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hope so! That would be awesome
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    Yeah it powers on and works, the seller said the phone still holds charge
     
  5. jay968 macrumors member

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    About a year ago, these were being listed on ebay for close to $1000 US dollars. I don't think I ever saw any evidence of one having actually been sold at that price though. I did have one at the time and sold it on ebay for (as I recall) about $300.
     
  6. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

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    I still have mine. It was jail broken and unlocked so I could use it on T mobile before they carried the iPhone. Great days.
     
  7. FFR macrumors 601

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    Still have a couple somewhere.

    I remember typing on glass for the first time, Multitouch capacitive display, iPod, safari, and visual voicemail. It was like using a device from the future.
     
  8. Steve121178 macrumors 601

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    From the future supporting only 2G or "EDGE". Absolutely useless at the time when the rest of the industry had been adopting 3G for a few years. The iPhone wasn't a viable device for data until they released the second gen 3G model and even then it didn't support copy, paste & MMS messaging (a thing at the time) for over 12 months.
     
  9. Lekro macrumors regular

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    Great deal. I’m still holding on to my previous iPhones like the 3GS for history.
     
  10. FFR macrumors 601

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    Yes the future and i gave my reasons why.

    The original iPhone also had WiFi.

    I did more with the the iPhone on edge and a full safari browser + mail client, then I could at the time with my 3g capable n80 Symbian smartphone, or my 3g capable razr or even my 3.5g Razer Max. I even had all of the communicator series phones. It wasn’t about 3g or 2g at the time, it was the apps on the iPhone and the Ux that made it a viable device.

    Most of the time I was using my Nokia 8800 sirocco or a vertu signature when I got the original iPhone.

    Also owned a couple of Nokia’s internet tablet devices, it had a stylus, it was terrible even if it did connect to 3g it wasn’t very useful, especially operas browser.
     
  11. Steve121178 macrumors 601

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    2G was just about passable with very basic data uses when in major cities like London. 2G for anywhere else in 2005-2011 was literally hopeless & unusable as networks had invested heavily in 3G infrastructure.

    We are so lucky with the widespread 4G coverage with have nowadays. Mind you, we pay an awful lot of money for our contracts, so the coverage ought to be bloody good.
     
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    Please tell me your joking and that you didn’t really buy a Vertu.
     
  14. ThatiPhoneKid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Received it this morning, I love it and it works perfectly! Here are some pictures of it.

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    Oh cool, thanks for the tip
     
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  19. Freakonomics101 macrumors 68000

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    Based on the condition of the device, you got a good deal on that. Wait a few more years and the value of that may dramatically increase.
     

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