Original iPhone 2G 8GB still sealed - How do I tell if it's a refurb?

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  1. ethana macrumors 6502a

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    I know someone who has an original iPhone 2G 8GB still sealed and may be willing to sell it. How do I tell if it's a refurb? Or if it's an early or late production model? The box shows all the old original icons and does not show the App Store or iTunes Store on it as an app.

    I am thinking about buying it to collect (and leave it sealed) but I want to make sure it's something worth having.

    By looking at the serial number on the back of the box, how do I tell if it's a refurb? What country was it sold in? When was it made? What information can I get from it?

    No, I do not have the serial number at this time.
     
  2. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    a dead giveaway for a refurb is 5K. I'm not too sure after that but that should help a little.


    edit- if the serial on the phone matches the box, its the original.
     
  3. ethana thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I won't be opening the box if I buy it, that's for sure.

    Might not be an answer to this, but does anyone know how much a sealed iPhone 2G might be worth? And may be worth in the future?
     
  4. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Oh wait, if the phone is still sealed, how could it be a refurb?
     
  5. ani23 macrumors 6502

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    I would say it's gonna b worth a nice pile anytime u wanna get rid of it. Around 500 would be a good price to grab it now. It's gonna be an iconic image.
     
  6. svenn macrumors 6502

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    I didn't think refurbs came in retail packaging, but I could be wrong. You could check ebay for what people will pay.
    This is the original iphone box
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  7. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    If its sealed in a brand new retail box, then its new. Refurbs ship in brown boxes, and I'm not even sure if they ever sold refurb iPhones, yet alone in new box.
     

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