Prototype iPhone 3GS on eBay? (No, No Matte Case)

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Cult of Mac reports on a "sketch-looking" non functional white iPhone that is being sold on eBay as a prototype iPhone 3GS.
The seller says there’s a problem with restoring the software: “This device is not eligible for the requested build,” iTunes says when he tries to restore it.

The seller, vofffka, of Ocean City, New Jersey, says an Apple genius at his local retail store verified the iPhone as an Apple product, but can’t service it, “because it’s never been sold.”
For those curious, the additional photos of the device's casing show that it does not have the rumored matte case that was thought to be destined for the iPhone 3GS. We can't be sure the auction is real, but prototype Apple devices have been known to find their way onto eBay. A prototype of the original iPhone was also sold on eBay.

Article Link: Prototype iPhone 3GS on eBay? (No, No Matte Case)
 

actorkid

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ummmm i dont think its a 3GS..i think its just a 3G....the lettering on the back isnt mirrored, its just gray, and unless you open it up or find a way to turn it on you wont be able to tell the difference
 

TheSlush

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You people are missing the point.

This iPhone has a cable built into the screen.

It's definitely some kind of prototype...
Totally. Obviously not a prototype of the iPhone 3GS, but rather of the rumored iPhone E10633 with front-facing USB cable! The "E" stands for "Edgy"!
 

alexmadison

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ummmm i dont think its a 3GS..i think its just a 3G....the lettering on the back isnt mirrored, its just gray, and unless you open it up or find a way to turn it on you wont be able to tell the difference
I'm sure it will sell, only on ebay can you get away with this.
 

0098386

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Can someone put up a comparison photo, I don't own an iPhone so I'm curious to see the difference.
 

MacbookAlum1536

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If you look at the picture in the ebay auction it has the same iPhone id and FCC # as the 3g so im saying itsjust a 3g that won't restore
 

Scottsdale

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If it were cracked open, and was a 3GS, could the software be loaded to the RAM and Swapped from another real 3GS? Just wondering if there is a way to get it working???

I do believe that if it is a 3GS prototype, Apple will know exactly who is selling it as it has a stamp right on the glass???
 

MrCrowbar

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It looks like a regular iPhone, except for the stamp on the glass. eBay is a good place for selling non-functional dummies. There's always someone who didn't read the description and bids a high price for it. And then, there are the collectors who would kill to own a prototype. I wish the seller luck.
 

mudenza

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Wow, we haven't had this scenario since the Macbook Air a few months back :)

Apparently, it was "found in an airport"
 

toxictrix

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Lol I wouldn't be surprised if it was just a bricked 3g. But he says it was found in an airport. Weird. Anyway it's pretty cool.
 

franzmueller

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It was indeed a working phone , the owner lost it and could not find it so it has been erased thru mobile me .

I think , unless the owner restore it on his computer that iphone will remain a brick .

Makes sense ?

Saludos

Franz
 

2E23G

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prototype

Gauze ?, I thought they were Burn Marks, isnt the 3gs supposed to be running Hot!!!!
 

Revival Cr8tive

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iPhone found at the Airport ?

It says on the ebay listing now that the seller...

bought off Ebay a month ago, from a guy who "found it at an airport".....

That old chess nut...

:D
 

fixyourthinking

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Two things: Credit & Discredit

First of all ...
I'm a little bit peeved that Engadget and now Macrumors are linking to Cult of Mac's entry on this - I posted this on MY site within 20 minutes of being listed LAST Friday.

I don't want to take credit if I'm not due it - but this is creditted to me at Cult of Mac.

Second...

I ran this serial number (I'm able to do that)

This phone was reported stolen in April.

The Apple store employee would have had to confiscate the phone - you are not allowed to bring prototypes into a store for repair.

At the very least, the manager would have to be notified ... and he/she would have recommended the phone be kept "for a day" - he/she would have called Apple - they would have recalled it and the owner/evaluator would be severely reprimanded.