How are people able to sell their pre-order iPhone 4g on Ebay?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by squidlychoi, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. squidlychoi macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    I was reading this interesting article:

    and was astounded by how much people are able to get for their pre-order iPhone 4G phones. It seems like the going price on Ebay even for a pre-order 16gb model is close to $800. To me that would seem like a good trade-off: be able to get a FREE 32gb model by selling your 16gb pre-order by just taking the hit of waiting a few more weeks before you get it. Heck, for $800, you could get a 32gb and 2 16gb and sell the 2 16gb phones.

    So i was one of the lucky ones to be able to be a part of the first wave and will be picking up my iPhone 4g 16gb on June 24. I was considering selling it on Ebay but was wondering how you can get past the tying of your phone to your AT&T account. Here's how I see it being played out:

    0) Sell your iPhone on Ebay saying you'll deliver on 6/24
    1) Go to Apple store to pick up phone on 6/24
    2) Instead of activating phone in the store, tell them you want to wait till you get home, then ship it to the Ebay buyer.
    3) With the money you made, order more iPhones and wait for delivery on July 14 or whatever later date it takes for Apple to get them.

    But here at step #3, when you go back to the Apple online store, won't it be logged somewhere that you already have a iPhone 4g - and will that be a problem when it comes time to get your own phone? Will they possibly deny selling you a phone because they have it in their records that you already purchased one at the discounted upgrade price? Why would they sell you another? Would they possibly deny you?

    The idea of getting a free iPhone is intriguing, but not if its going to mess up my account and lock me out of getting a phone later.

    Has anyone done this before and if so, does Apple/AT&T keep track of the phones that are tied to your account (and what you've already purchased)? I mean if you look on the pre-order page itself, its very detailed as far as checking to see if you are an existing AT&T customer, and if not, it will actually create an AT&T account for you. It seems like they take this part very seriously.


    P.S. I read on another forum that when you order your phone from the Apple online store, selecting the option that you are upgrading your phone from an existing AT&T account, your phone will already be pre-activated - it arrives already activated. That would seem to put the kibosh on anyone who wants to sell their pre-order on Ebay....?
  2. Ronae0708 macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    I'm not sure that apple or AT&T put a limit on how many iPhones you can buy but I do know that if you choose to sell yours then try and buy another one the price will be $599 for a 16 and $699 for a 32. You will not be able to get the discounted price again unless you add another line to your account.
  3. Renfred93 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    yeah I don't think it works like that...the 199 and 299 prices are ONLY if you get a 2 year contract with it. so you'd have to have it tied to your AT&T account or pay 599 for an unlocked phone
  4. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    I bought and sold 6 (maybe 7) refurb iphones on two lines. Activation fee each but also "upgrade-like" price allowing for good ROI on ebay sales.

    I did this in about a two month period. Each buy essentially renewed the two year commitment on each line but I was staying with AT&T anyway.

    No ill effect on upgrades overall or anything else.

    The catch is that they were refurb phones, not new ones (well one was)

    The moral of my story is that I've basically had my last two iphones for free and the sale of my 3GS to fund the iP4 continues that spread.

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