need advice purchasing iPhone from ebay

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mrcharlie91, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. mrcharlie91 macrumors member

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    Hi, I was looking to get one of iPhone 3G 8GB from ebay, and found good

    deal. It was factory sealed and about $650. He says activation will be no problem which is my main concern, of course and said my pay as you go sim
    would work right away.

    I asked more and he sent me private email saying..well I will not post

    our private messages but this is the method he gave me

    1. Take out the inactive SIM included in the package and replace it with a gophone SIM of your own.
    2. Take the phone and plug it into iTunes for the first time.
    3. iTunes recognizes your phone and your phone is ready to be used.

    and it is good to go.

    Remember it's factory seaeld iPhone 3G 8GB and how did he get one for
    brand new not even unlocked and I can activate so easily?

    Please any advice is welcome!
     
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  5. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

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    i dont know how anyone could get one factory sealed. i would be very weary.

    why dont you just go pay 199 for one, sign up for an att contract then pay the etf after the 30 days. it would be about the same amount of money.
     
  6. TSX macrumors 68030

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    The 8 GB is 199.99 and i think to cancel the ATT contract is 175.00 if im not mistaken. So 199.99+175.00= 374.99 for an 8GB Iphone.
     
  7. eplchamps0304 macrumors 6502a

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    Its more than that, but i would rather do the above than rely on a strangers trust. Besides, max I am willing to risk on ebay is $300.
     
  8. AiralynRose macrumors 6502a

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    + prorated month of service + activation fee. My first month was about $130

    so 199+tax + 130 + 175 = $550ish
     

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