why is (used) iphone so expensive on ebay, even the broken ones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nhw, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. nhw macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2004
    I thought everyone would want the new 3g instead. but on ebay, the iphones are so expensive. even a broken one with cracked screen can sell for $260? what are those buyers going to do with a broken iphone?:confused:
  2. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    The 3G iPhone requires in-store activation. Therefore, unlocked 3G iPhones are going to be slightly rarer (in order to get one for the cheapest price, you need to buy the 3G iPhone for $199/$299, then wait 30 days, then cancel and pay termination fee [which taints your account]...then you'd need to donate one to the hackers so they can unlock it).

    The current iPhone can be unlocked really easily...especially since you activate it at home.

    And to be honest, a lot of eBay users aren't the brightest.

    And don't forget...the 3G iPhone also raises the data plan to $30 and takes out the 200 SMS.

    Some people just don't need 3G or GPS to pay an extra $10 and give up texting.
  3. TimothyB macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2008
    On the $10, I thought they've totally removed the edge data plan except for those who are still in the middle of their contract. So even if you by an older iPhone, when you go to sign up at ATT you can only choose the 3G plan from here on.

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