What is the normal protocol for selling an old iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Macman74, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Macman74 macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2010
    I would like to sell my old and unused iPhone 3G. What do I need to do? It's not active. Can I just wipe it and reload the OS and let it go? Do I need to remove the SIM card?

    Need the in's and out's guys, I've never sold a phone before.

  2. AuroraProject macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2008
    Right there
    I gave my 3g to my brother, But I was about to sell it. I did the "erase all data and settings", made sure it was on the latest firmware, and removed the sim card. After that you're all set, maybe throw in a charger or the sync cable.
  3. Macman74 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2010
    What would be the negative of leaving the SIM in? Could I somehow get billed by AT&T? What is the going rate for a 16gb iPhone 3G?
  4. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    If the Sim is inactive there are no negative effects. If it's active, then you've just given a person a phone with free minutes :)
  5. mz100 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    I have done this a few times so here it goes.

    What firmware is it??

    If it's firmware can be jailbroken and unlocked DO IT!!

    If you use eBay, having an unlocked phone will easily add $50 in value

    First thing is Reset all content and settings from iPhone

    Then, you can had a custom firmware meaning 4.0 for example, and load up to your phone, and it will be like a brand new phone.

    Jailbreak & Unlock and make sure you include that in the ad.

    What firmware are you running and where are you selling (eBay, Craigslist) and how much?
  6. Gjeepguy macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    I restored in iTunes and removed the sim card.

    Sold it on craigslist this past weekend for $180.

    White iPhone 3G 16GB
  7. ac921ol macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2011
    I sold 2 Iphone 3g 8gig one for $150 (new firmware)
    the other
    Unlocked, Version 3.1, with charger for $180 (broken mute button)
  8. Pomeless macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    I don't want to hijack the thread but I am curious what your thoughts are on a related question. Whenever the next iPhone does arrive if I want to try to sell my Verizon iP4 what would my options be? Discuss.
  9. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    There is a separate thread already discussing this.
  10. thevarman10 macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2010
    the iPhone 3G never came out in white. you're talking about the 3G S :)
  11. moldy lunchbox macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    wrong, actually the 3G did come out in white but it was only for the 16GB version. the 8gb only came in black. there are white 3G and 3GS models.
  12. wordoflife, Feb 16, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011

    wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  13. neworleans-7 macrumors regular


    May 18, 2008
    I think moldy lunchbox was saying that if you bought an 8 GB iPhone 3G it would only come in black.
  14. Simm0nS777 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    Northeast Ohio
    gg reading comprehension.....
  15. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Ahh, I see what was done there. lol :D
    Thanks for pointing that out. :)
  16. Lotso macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    OC, California
    Make sure if you have any games like Tap Tap Revenge, that you get your TTR account removed from that device. Or else it's a pain in the butt.
  17. borekk macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2009
    Sorry for being dumb here, but what's the difference between jailbreaking an iPhone and unlocking it? I'd always assumed that jailbreaking was 'unlocking' it.
  18. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Google it before you hijack the thread.
  19. borekk macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2009
    Because this thread had such longevity before I arrived...:rolleyes:
  20. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Because if we were all lazy like you, these forums would lose their purpose.

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