How to sell iPhone 2G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by midniteriver, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. midniteriver macrumors newbie

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    I am thinking of selling my original iPhone since I have a 3GS now. My original JUST got replaced from Apple, so it is new and has a 90 day warranty. Furthermore, as you know, the original iPhone had a cheaper data plan, so I feel I could get more buyers that way. Does anyone know if AT&T would require my iPhone buyer to sign a new contract, or could that be another selling point? Finally, would I include my old SIM card or does AT&T give people their own when they sign up?

    Thanks in advance! Also, if anyone has any idea how much I should expect, that would be great!
     
  2. iSwitchd macrumors member

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    People that buy older/used iPhones fall into 2 categories.


    1) They are buying it to unlock it or jailbreak it, and take it to another carrier (So to answer one of your questions... no, AT&T will not make them sign a contract.)

    2) They are not eligible for a phone upgrade price, or do not wish to extend their current AT&T contract. You would not include your SIM, because they will just pop their current SIM into the iPhone and viola!

    I just sold my banged up 2g for $150 bucks. Also if I may add, sell your phone locally on Craigslist. Ebay is full of scammers, fees, and shipping hassles. I ALWAYS sell locally. Meet up at a safe public place, and make a CASH ONLY transaction. Plus, craigslist is free and will be sold VERY quickly.

    I had my iPhone listed for 12 hours and had over a dozen calls on it. I could have probably sold it for more.
     
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    QFT. Definitely use Craigslist unless you just want a lot of headaches on eBay.
     
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    I've found eBay to be quite useful in selling my stuff, including my 2G iPhone. I use PayPal only, ship UPS, and have had no hassles in ten years.
     
  5. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    PayPal will freeze your funds till they are able to confirm that the buyer received the iPhone. This could be a few weeks if it takes that long. They did that with every iPhone I have ever sold because they are a high risk item.
     
  6. Lord Egregious macrumors member

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    Maybe its because I live in a less populated city area but Craigslist is nothing but trouble for me. Everytime I list anything I get ridiculous messages trying to get to sell at 1/4 of the price or everyone wants me to ship it somewhere.
     
  7. QuadCoreDad macrumors member

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    eBay? Auction? Tried these yet? Can fetch quite high prices..;)
     
  8. midniteriver thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Or people who want a cheaper data plan?

    So, in general, AT&T does NOT require you to sign a new 2-year contract?
     
  9. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    If you activate the 2G via iTunes, yes, you will need to agree to a new two year contract. If you use a sim from another phone in the 2G, the phone will be fine using that sim.

    I have a AT&T GoPhone sim in my 2G and it works perfectly. I had to unlock the phone to use the sim. The same sim will work in my 3G and 3G S iPhones without unlocking.
     
  10. Lakerfan210 macrumors regular

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    I doubt that activating it through iTunes is going to give you a two year contract. iTunes ain't AT&T. Yes AT&T does show up on iTunes when activating but it just tells you about the required data plan and that's about it. I activated two 2g like 5 months ago and my contract wasn't renewed so I upgraded two of my lines to the 3gs

    Even on craigslist set requirements. You won't believe how many scammers you also can find on CL. Here's an example of a respond I got from a seller of a 3gs
    Thank you for contacting me about the phone I have posted for sale on Craigslist.
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    I am located out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.* I sell over 350+ phones a month on craigslist to people all over the United States.* Every one of my phones is the real authentic phone which is listed on the post.* I do not sell clones or fakes.* I sell the iPhone, Blackberrys, and many more.
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    At the present time I am only taking payment by Money Gram and Western Union.* In most cases I can have phone to you the following day as long as payment is made before the last shipment is dropped off.* I am willing to do my best to work with you to make this a pleasurable deal and to assist you in anyway that I can.
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    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me.
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    Thanks,

    I deleted the name of this seller. He might be legit beign in the states but he might be a scammer because you have no protection using money gram or western union. Just be careful when selling or buying on CL
     
  11. christyn macrumors 6502a

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    definitely won't need a contract..
    ebay is best imo.

    I tried CL for my 3g's but got nothing but scammers, some areas CL does really well for iPhones. Mine however does not, and ebay sells for a lot more.

    I would expect maybe $150 - $200 tops.
     

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