How Scarce is a 4GB iPhone in Black, not Silver?

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  1. braddick macrumors 68040

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    I was shown a stock 4GB Edge iPhone but instead of the silver colored metal case it was solid black (with the silver Apple logo).

    I hadn't heard of this version of iPhone. Where a few manufactured like this before the 3G was introduced?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    The aluminum ones were made before the 3G, they were the original iPhone. A black 4GB would be rather rare, since they never made them.
     
  3. greygray macrumors 68000

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    That would be very rare. I have never ever seen a black 4GB iPhone. I had the aluminium 2G iPhone and it's the 1st generation model. Where did you come across this black 4GB iPhone? Any pictures to share?
     
  4. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Looks pretty nice. Thanks for sharing. I've never seen it before though..
     
  5. tozfeekum macrumors member

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    This means that the housing was replaced. I would steer clear.
     
  6. braddick thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've heard of the plastic 3G iPhones being painted but not the first generation phones. (I'm sure it can be done though.)

    The seller has owned the phone since new and doesn't reference painting it, rather he simply states it is "rare" for being black.

    Stranger things have happened on eBay, for sure, but does seem interesting.
     
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    This seems like housing has been modified, not random iPhone Apple let slip.
     
  8. braddick thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Is the shape of the first generation built so a 3G black housing would fit?
     
  9. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    I put a hello kitty sticker on my phone, so now I have a rare iPhone with hello kitty sticker on it. How much is it worth?
     
  10. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. I suspect that this, like you mentioned above, is a Colorware job. It's as close as what Colorware can do.
     
  11. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    Nope.
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, this phone has been modified by someone other than Apple.
     
  13. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    You can order custom painted housings for your iPhone and install them yourself. These black housings were offered up and sometimes they even came with all the buttons already installed and everything. The only thing you had to do is plug it in and snap it on.

    I guess you could say it's rare, but it's not authentic.
     
  14. question fear macrumors 68020

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    It's either colorware or a 3rd party back...

    IIRC there was a company selling black replacement backs for the original iPhone, that's probably what that is if it isn't a colorware job.
     
  15. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Leave out the "stock" part. If the seller is telling you it came with a black case, he's a liar.
     
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  17. Anthony T macrumors 6502a

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    I'm actually hoping the next gen iPhone switches back to an aluminum casing, and I hope it comes in black and white aluminum. And the piece of black rubber on the bottom should be silver or white on the black iPhone and black on the white iPhone.
     
  18. tilmonabbott macrumors regular

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    the aluminum casing sounds nice....but everything else...no
     
  19. braddick thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I asked the question through the eBay system to the seller if the phone is original and he responded to me, "the back was professionally replaced".
     
  20. seb1987 macrumors member

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    the 4gb black iphone on ebay has a faulty lcd at the top of the lcd a group of lines which are usually caused by impact. so have good think about purchasing because i wouldnt like that on my iphone.
     
  21. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Professionally enough to screw up the pixels at the top of the screen.
     
  22. greygray macrumors 68000

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    Yes. But that would affect the iPhone's reception. Anything with aluminium on it. When I used my 2G, sure, the aluminium back felt nice. But my reception was worse than my 3G and current 3GS. It's the aluminium that makes a difference in call reception issues.
     

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