Do you keep your previous generation iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by louis0nfire, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. louis0nfire macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    Personally I sell mine, but recently I've had the desire to buy a used, but working, original iPhone; for nothing more than collection purposes. This thinking has also made me want to go back and re-purchase the different generations of iPod's I've had and sold throughout the years. Am I crazy?
  2. Tomple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    New York, New York
    If you're crazy then so am I :D
    I have all my iPhones
    1st Gen
    3G White
    3G Black
    3GS Black
    iPhone 4

    I love looking at the way apple design changes and how the industry follows

    They are beautiful devices to keep and i recommend you do :)
  3. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    I sold my white 3GS 32GB to my pastor who really appreciates it. I like to help people become Apple fanatics like me. Actually, in this case,he persuaded me to get my first piece of Mac gear, a 13" Macbook. :)
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I keep mine for testing/development purposes.
  5. Ktdhc macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Nah, they would just lie there and collect dust. Sold my 3G for $200 and I'm glad to get rid of it.
  6. gtmac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Nope but then again I sold my 3G and 3GS for $300 each so I like getting new phones for little cash outlay.
  7. JediZenMaster Suspended


    Mar 28, 2010
    I usually don't but i really think the iPhone 4 is a beautiful device and may someday be a collectors item.
  8. jp70 macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Palmdale, CA

    Kept my original iPhone, I use it for my iTunes and Apple TV remote. My iPhone 3G took too many drops. I sold my 3GS for $400.
  9. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2009
    I wanted to, but they were just worth too much... I've paid for all my new iPhones with the sales of my old iPhones.
  10. PrincessMelody macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Charleston, SC
    I traded my in 8GB 3G towards my 16GB iPhone 4 at Radio Shack. I got $107.25 for it, which is nice considering I bought it for $99 a year and a half ago. So my iPhone 4 only cost me $100...:)
  11. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    We sold our iPhones but I've got several hard drive iPods lying around here. I simply kept them well past the time they'd be worth any money.

    I use one on my living room stereo as a permanent thing. It's kind of the poor-man's Airport Express.
  12. Shanewilliams macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Id like to keep an old iphone one day just for the purposes of having a temporary backup should I need it. However, I havent reached that point in life where I can afford to have one just laying around! So, generally just sell the old one to pay for the new one. Sold my iphone 3g 8gb on iphone 4 launch day for $225, so I got my new one for nothing and had the cash to cover the gas it took to drive to the apple store and back!
  13. vizkiz macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    My first iPhone was the 3G in July 2008.
    Got an iPhone 4 on launch day and kept my 3G as an iPod touch.
    When I'm next eligible, I'll sell my 3G and use my iPhone 4 as an iPod touch.
  14. forza69 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2010
    San Diego, CA
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    I wanted to sell my 3GS but I just couldn't do it :/
  15. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    Nope. Sold my first gen when the 4 was announced. I like to be a minimalist where I don't like to own alot of things. When it comes to furnishing, I prefer it the Japanese way. Not alot of clutter and dust. I tried to be like those OCD sentimentalist pack rats when it came to video game consoles. I kept them in mint condition. I realized I had a gaming museum in my condo. My room started looking more like an attic. Consoles just sitting there and collecting dust. I figure previous iPhones will do the same just lying there useless or in a box. Good thing is iPhones are far more portable than consoles. I can be OCD as anybody here, but I no longer want to be the museum collector-type. Pointless just staring at them. I have an SNES in mint condition and over 16-years old, and I finally took it out of a box and started playing with it. Could care less if it gets any more wear and tear.

    But I do plan to keep the iPhone 4 long after I retire it in likely 2012. The first phone I ever bought on launch day and carries my birthday number of 4. Considering the back glass panel is easy to remove for a battery replacement, I figure I can always use it for as a PMP/internet tablet for many years. I kept my 5-year old PSP for sentimental reasons too. That device saved my butt with its WiFi connectivity when my desktop crashed back in '05. I know PSP gets bashed alot, but I still love that device even if the browsing sucks on it now. My iPhone 4 will eventually get dead pixels and scratches just like my PSP, but that's life. Nothing stays perfect forever. I may try to collect all the phones I ever liked and sell the ones I didn't care for. Easy to put them all in ONE box compared to consoles. But having too much of anything can be a bad thing. Harder to move out and more dusting and cleaning because of so much junk. This happened to my 79-year old grandmother who had to sell most of her nice furniture when she moved out of her apartment. Most of the things we buy, we will rarely ever use them anymore over time.
  16. Vegastouch macrumors 603


    Jul 12, 2008
    Las Vegas, NV
    Still have the 2G and thats it. The iP4 isnt going to be worth a crap when it gets replaced. It will just be known as the china doll of iPhones with problems.
  17. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    I passed my 2G down to my kids to use as an iPod touch.

    My wife passed her 3GS on to her dad.

    If I didn't have family to pass them on to, I would sell them.

    Yes, you're crazy.

    There are several million original iPhones in existence. They will not appreciate in value.
  18. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    Same! I test things out on the old ones before I do something to the 3GS or iPhone 4.
    Not one person here thinks they will but lots of us still hang on to them. I'll keep mine till it breaks.
  19. Fliesen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2010
    i keep mine as backups.

    couldn't go back to a 'normal' phone should i lose / break / eat my iPhone 4.
  20. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Not only that, eventually due to a low state of charge, the battery would leak and damage the inside of the iPhone.
  21. Damo516 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    This is my first iphone so I havent had the option to pass/sell on or to keep it...
  22. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    I say if you plan to collect, the rarer the better. Like find a first gen iPhone that is 4GB. That wasn't in the market very long and the 8GB version was the more popular one.

    Cell phones to me is like shoes. You wear them out for a few years and then you put them away in room for newer ones. The beginning is always the best when owning something. Then it gets old or takes a beating, and then you stop caring. Like the beginning of a relationship. Looking back at my phone history, I don't really have most of them anymore. Either lost, stolen, sold, or given away. The older ones I still have is in one of my drawers somewhere. When my iPhone 4 is retired, I will probably put it in a shoebox with my other older phones I still own.

    Favorite dumb phone ever (my phone history included)
  23. izimzis macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2010

    But you won't get more than 300 bucks for an old pair of used shoes...
  24. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I pass all my old phones onto my Dad or Wife to use. Not really into collecting things just to collect dust.

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