Collecting all iPhone generations! Anyone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aziatiklover, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Does anybody out there collecting all iPhones? I started collecting brand new iPhone since the first gen and so far I have a 16GB iPhone 2G, 16GB iPhone 3G white, and 16GB iPhone 3GS white all in brand new condition! What I do every year is swap my current phone before the warranty expired and keep it as brand new. As for this year I sold my iPhone 4 so I can buy the next iPhone. However, I will prolly hunt for an iPhone 4 in a year or so whenever they will be cheaper and in white then swap it with Apple for $200/$80 depend on the condition of the iPhone 4. am I crazy? lol
  2. trekkie604 macrumors 65832


    Feb 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    Yes. You're also exploiting the replacement policy if you are swapping for no reason other than just wear and tear.
  3. bmms8 macrumors 68020

    Dec 19, 2007
    i think keeping all generations is a good idea, just not the way you are doing it. Keep in mind that you are probably getting refurbished models and not BNIB.
  4. aziatiklover, Aug 28, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011

    aziatiklover thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Yea true refurbished, but it's still new tho! lol
    PS: I usually have issues with my iphone, but don't do any warranty until it expired! I'm not those customers that swap an iphone when a small issue appear. Like the 3G that I found on ebay for really cheap cuz it had a dead battery. So all I did was buy it went to apple and swap it for a new one with $80.
  5. PharmDoc macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2010
    I would love to do this but the wifey wouldn't approve. I wanted to keep the unlocked 3GS that I had as a travel phone but no go.
  6. rndthm macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2010
    What is this purpose of doing this??? Does not make any sence at all!!!
  7. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    The only iPhone I want to collect (besides my 4, which I will keep regardless of what the 5 turns out to be, as I feel the 4 was a huge leap) is the 1st gen, because to me that is the only other one worth collecting. The 3G and 3GS, while great upgrades, don't have significance to me like the 2G and 4 do. I'd love to find a new/mint condition 2G for a reasonable price but they seem impossible to come by these days, unless you buy a BNIB from ebay for like $600+ bucks :(
  8. awadeee macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
    Viper City
    I had a 2G for nostalgic purposes and then I realized that it's completely not even compatible with my carrier. Lolz. :D
  9. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I'm not really interested with collecting them as they'd just sit there doing nothing. I understand why some people would want to collect them, but I personally don't care if I can get some decent money for it.

    The way my 3GS is acting (losing signal intermediately, messed up vibrate switch), I'm not sure what I'll get for it. If its reasonable, I'll probably sell it. If its not, I'll just keep it.
  10. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    IMO collecting previous versions of the iPhone is only worthwhile if they are in original sealed boxes
  11. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    I don't collect iPhones, but like your idea. I plan to collect smartphones in general. One with a different OS so the experience will be different. I even want an old WinMo phone like the Xperia X1. Collecting iPhones is great just like people who collect iPods, but probably gets too expensive or redundant. I prefer if I collect it, I need to use it and not watch it collect dust. With specific smartphones, you can always use it and it offers a different experience. But whatever makes people happy. My plan for 2012 is to use my iPhone 4 as an iPod touch, my Pixi+ as a compact mp3 player, and then rotate between a BlackBerry, N9 (MeeGo), Xperia Play or Nexus One (Android) Xperia X1 (WinMo), and Samsung Focus (WP7) next year. My next MAIN phone will likely be a BlackBerry QNX phone in 2012 once my contract is up with iPhone 4. Use one for each week when I go to work. An X-Men of phones. If I collected all iPhones, I will likely end up keeping the SIM in the most recent one. Why downgrade, right? The advantage is collecting iPhones keeps you in the same ecosystem. I prefer a variety of brands although the outlet can get messy with a variety of charges and you have to install different software. But I prefer learning different things similar to people who collect cars. The manufacturer is not always the same.
  12. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    I'm curious: what's the point of collecting obsolete phones? They're slow and basically valueless. If you simply want them for the sake of owning them then I guess that's alright, people have collected crazier things
  13. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    Pretty much...I am 100% aware of how useless a 2G iPhone would be for me to own and yet...I really want one. I don't know why.
  14. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2011
    Agreed, refurbished iphones aren't brand new, having a factory sealed version of all 4 iphones would be something special.
  15. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I do keep all the models but only after I've used them so they are not brand new. All the accessories and packaging are intact though since I only use the phone and not the accessories.
  16. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    I just kept my iPhone 2G because it was the first phone I queued in line for. I keep it for memory sake, not for the phone itself. And even so, it's the first phone to be released by Apple itself, so many years from now... :cool:
  17. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    The first generation in 16GB is somewhat scarce as they were only produced for a couple of weeks before the 3G was released. The 8GB is common and the 4GB a little scarce as they were discontinued within a few weeks of production.

    Like others have expressed, the iPhones would need to be MIB, factory sealed to be collectible and after many years the batteries would become unusable.

    The 3G and 3GS would be akin to collecting 1976 clad quarters. Never worth more than face value...
  18. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    Agreed, it should be an original iPhone with an original shrink wrap sealed, otherwise it's pointless.

    I had several Nokia models as a "nostalgia", then realized that they're just sitting in a box doing nothing, and just taking up space. Sold them.

    Also, the way you're "collecting" those phones is dishonest.
  19. aziatiklover thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    I think you forgot the 2G 32GB as well!
    Y dishonest? Its not like I swap them cuz they don't have anything wrong or beg Apple to gave me one for free. In fact I do pay for what Apple charge which I don't mind.

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