What do you do before you sell an iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by spaceboots06, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    What is the procedure to clear all the vital data and such?
     
  2. maturola macrumors 68040

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  3. spaceboots06 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! I'm considering selling my 16gb iP4 for an offer I received today--- $650... Do you think I can go higher? It's opened but in mint condition.
     
  4. alleyooptroop macrumors regular

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    Thanks for this! I'm assuming I can jailbreak and unlock after doing this? Planning on selling my 3GS after I pick up an ip4.
     
  5. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

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    Just be careful, a lot of people have sold their phones only to have the buyer state the box was empty and PayPal refunded the money.
     
  6. alleyooptroop macrumors regular

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    For sure. Prob not gonna even deal with eBay. Gonna go with craigslist.
     
  7. Maverick1337 macrumors 65816

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    Jailbreak and unlock and that will increase.
     
  8. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    Here's what I would do if I was going to sell an iPhone I had owned:

    1. Restore as new.
    1. Jailbreak the device.
    2. Find a zero out utility (like this one: http://totalsmartphone.net/2010/03/iwipe-cleanse-iphone-user-partition-iwipe-iphone-jailbreak/) in Cydia to zero out the user partition of the device.
    3. Restore again (probably in DFU mode).
    4. Maybe re-jailbreak if you think you can add it as a "feature" to the sale, but I never get that since it seems as though it wouldn't do the buyer any good the first time they decide to sync with their machine.

    It's a bit paranoid, but it's pretty secure. In theory someone could jailbreak a purchased iPhone, SSH in and use a utility to look for undeleted personal data that hadn't been zeroed out.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A306 Safari/6531.22.7)

    You don't need to worry about that if you follow all the procedures to make yourself eligible for paypal seller protection (and insure the item).
     

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