Is this a good deal for this iPhone?

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  1. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    There is an iPhone 4 16GB for sale for $90 & I'm wondering if this is worth it:

    Problems:
    Does not fully power on, apple logo flashes over and over, and battery does not charge.

    iPhone is white and in perfect condition besides this malfunction

    It has a SIM card slot, and is 16GB.

    I have offered $80. Would you buy this?

    It has probably a software issue AND a battery issue...but IDK.

    THNX
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Why would you be buying it? For parts, yes. For use? Nope.
     
  3. IpadSC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I replace the battery and fix the software issue, isn't worth it? The others are going for 250 or so
     
  4. 617aircav Suspended

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    You decide based on what you want to do with it. I buy my iPhone 4's for $120 max.
     
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    You don't know that it's a software issue or an underlying hardware issue.

    Figure your worst case out of pocket cost including Apple Out of Warranty Service and decide if it's worth the risk.
     
  6. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    Depends if it's been tampered with or not.
     
  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Good point.
     
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  9. IpadSC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can't find a working iPhone 4 anywhere for under 120 bucks? Where do you get them?


    This iPhone looks like it was owned by an oblivious lady that didn't know much. She was very descriptive and she/he struck me as somebody who is not apple savvy. IMO, this is a screaming deal since all other iPhones are shattered aand are more than this one...
     
  10. 617aircav Suspended

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    I live in Fairbanks alsaka and craigslist is a buyers market here. You can get a mint 5 for $300 here.
     
  11. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Check for water damage before you buy it.

    There was a point a few years ago when people would dump their "broken" iPhones (battery/software problems) for dirt cheap on CL and you could just restore it or swap it out at the Apple store.

    Those days are long gone :(
     
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    If you're confident in your skills and have the parts on hand, I'd say go for it.
     
  13. IpadSC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK< I probably didn't tell you guys, but this is on eBay. All of the info I provided was eBay only. But an iPhone 5 for 300 bucks? They were going for 500+ on eBay!!

    Where should I look in the pictures for water damage?

    Swapping the battery is cheesecake. I restore and sell iPod touches and as long as they have life, they should be good enough to try...IMO...:D
     
  14. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    The indicator is in the headphone jack and dock connector I think. check on Google. There should be an page from Apple that tells everyone where exactly to look.
     
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    The fact that ur asking this question tells me u don't know too much about fixing phones. Don't waste the money.
     
  16. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Offer $50 for it and then take it to an Apple Store and pay $150 for the out of warranty replacement.
     
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    Even though I'm just starting, I have spent hours and hours fixing iDevices so I'm not completely ignorant. ANd besides, we all have to start somewhere, ya know?
    And I knew about that water signal in the headphone jack, not kidding, I was just making sure.

    He declined my offer of 80 after I bought it for 90 lol. :p
     
  18. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I hope you can get it up and running. If not I'm sure you can make your money back by selling it to someone who wants the parts.
     
  19. IpadSC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I should be able to get it up and running well. Even if the battery is toast, that isn't to hard. iPods are harder and I do them...
     
  20. IpadSC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    in less than 20 minutes, the iPhone was fixed and works perfectly now. Definitely was worth it. Just needed a firmware restore. It is up and running.

    hehe...:cool::cool:
     
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    I'd buy it then pay $149 for OOW replacement and have a "new" phone for $250 give or take. Sounds like a good idea to me.

    Just saw your last post... good for you don't listen to all the negative nellies.
     
  23. IpadSC400 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It was stuck on the Apple logo, and ever time, it's possible to get the phone/pod out of that mode. Every time. :cool:
     
  24. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Awesome! well done!
     

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