I wanted a new 2g iphone but instead was sent a new 2g demo unit. Should I keep it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by e.zaharias, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. e.zaharias macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I wanted to find an unopened 2g iphone to keep for posterity and I finally found a seller who claimed to have a new in box iphone never unwrapped.

    When the phone arrived the first thing I noticed was that the box was white and unmarked instead of the usual black with the iphone picture. It was also torn in one corner.

    The unit and accessories appear totally new and still wrapped albeit the wrapping put on a bit unevenly.

    On the back of the white box is a black sticker that reads iPhone 4GB Demo followed by the usual serial numbers and IMEI as found on every iphone. Thankfully the numbers do match the ones printed on the actual handset.

    As I said I wanted to get this to hold for the future and not to use. So my question is , is this something I should be happy with or should I continue to search for an unoponed non demo phone.
    It does seem weird that this demo unit was never used.


  2. Dsking85 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    send it back. It wasn't what was advertised. Your goal was to have an unopened collectible iphone and the one you got is neither.
  3. JadedBen macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2009
    Essex, UK
  4. e.zaharias thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008

    The phone seems unopened and still with the original wrapping. Will it being a demo make it less collectible or more? Where the demo iphones fully functional?
    Because if they were then wouldn't they be much rarer to find in new condition than a regular iphone. I'm trying to see how this will look to someone in 60 years.
    I also got it cheaper than what they sell the refurbished phones for. I don't know what an absolutely new sealed in ithe box phone goes for as I haven't found one.

    Thanks for your replies and I hope to get more.
  5. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    It's hard to say. The Demo units are more rare, but plentiful enough to not really be that collectible. I would try to get a retail box. The whole purpose is to connect with peoples nostalgia towards the original iPhone. A retail box is what they picked up on launch day.
  6. Shockwave78 macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2010
    you sure its not a AT&T refurb? they come in plain white boxes...
  7. e.zaharias thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008
    That is a good point. Though I think that unused demo units will be very rare you make a good point about the nostalgia towards the retail box. Alas I haven't found a sealed box.
  8. e.zaharias thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2008

    It has a very applesque sticker that says it is a demo. It is a very convincing sticker.
    I wonder if there is a way to check if the IMEI has ever been activated with a carrier.
  9. Orion126 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2010

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