- 06-27-2008, 11:52 AM #2iPhone Beginner
- 51 Posts
Keep in mind you will have to sign a contract to get a new iphone so doubtful there will be a lot of purchasing, jailbreaking, unlocking and reselling as the original buyer is still contractually obligated to pay for the service with AT&T (here in the states, anyway) regardless of whether or not they still own the phone. I assume you could still pay the ETF and exit the contract but that would be a painful and expensive way of creating a secondary market for the new iphones. I would also bet that there is a secret limit (say 5 or 10) that normal buyer/users would never hit so if they see someone buy 10 phones and exit the contracts within a six month window they will probably just shut them down from future iphone purchases thereby locking up the secondary market cold.
As a result, jailbreakable 1st gen iphones that come contract-free are a much more attractive alternative. Particularly since you can install the 2.0 firmware, jailbreak and use with any carrier and get all the new features / functions.
- 06-27-2008, 02:38 PM #3
- 06-27-2008, 03:13 PM #4
i was considering buying one online. but i couldn't bring myself to do it. just the thought of buying something for say 300 dollars when i could get one newer, faster, cooler, and has gps for the same price.
but i guess if you didn't care about any of that stuff then.. your good.
- 06-27-2008, 03:38 PM #5
- 06-28-2008, 07:53 AM #6
- 06-28-2008, 02:29 PM #7iPhone Beginner
- 63 Posts
I am wondering what effect the launch of the 3G iPhone will have on the value for the 1st gen iPhones on places like eBay and Craig's List. Right now, their value is holding up extremely well, but after the 3G iPhones hit the market, that may change. I was wondering what to do with my 1st gen when I purchase my 3G iPhone - I may just end up selling it to one of my coworkers for less, although the eBay prices are very good right about now
- 06-28-2008, 05:33 PM #8
- 06-28-2008, 11:02 PM #9iPhone Intermediate
- 316 Posts
I was wondering the same thing about how the value of the previous iPhone will hold up on eBay. I recently bought mine off of eBay for $360 still under warranty. And thank God I did! I recently wrote a post about receiving my phone off of eBay in really bad shape. So what I ended up doing was going to the Apple store. They took a look at and just replaced it with a new one because it was under warranty.
That's the best advice I can give anyone who is going to purchase the previous iPhone off of eBay. Contact the seller prior to bidding or buying and ask if it's under warranty still. Because if you receive the phone in worse condition than the auction stated, you can get it replaced at an Apple store.Vote for me for the Chapstick Youtube Contest! Wait for the banner, click the big thumbs up, and vote! Thank you! http://lnk.ms/KSBQn
- 06-29-2008, 06:10 PM #10
- 06-29-2008, 07:31 PM #11iPhone Intermediate
- 316 Posts
I think the reason why that person on the iPhone World forum is selling his iPhone cheaper than those on eBay is so he can get a definite buyer. He's selling his cheaper than those on eBay. How is he selling his on the forum? Is it secure buying one through a forum? Seems more dangerous than eBay because theres no buyer protection backing you up if he sells you a messed up phone.Vote for me for the Chapstick Youtube Contest! Wait for the banner, click the big thumbs up, and vote! Thank you! http://lnk.ms/KSBQn
- 06-30-2008, 02:26 PM #12iPhone Newbie
- 14 Posts
First Generation prices
I believe you will see the prices for the first generation Iphone plummet soon after the release date of the 3G Iphone. I myself will be buying a first generation off EBay and a new 3G as well. I like to have backups and I have four kids that want Iphones and the first generation prices might be more suitable than buying 5 new 3G iphones.
- 07-01-2008, 03:19 AM #13