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Can someone please validate (or dis-prove) the following information I found online:
Question: Let's say I bought my iPhone last year and I want the iPhone 3G. Can I give my old iPhone to my sister or sell it on eBay?

Answer: No, once an existing iPhone user activates service for an iPhone 3G, their first-generation handset will be unusable as a phone. You won't be able to replace it with another AT&T SIM card and use it to make calls. This also means that you can't buy an old iPhone on eBay and expect to activate it on AT&T's network. However, you can use it as a media player and a Wi-Fi device for browsing the Web.
Does this mean that if in a year I want to upgrade to the newest and greatest that comes out down the line I can't resell it? That would totally blow. Is this the case?
post #2 of 10
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post #3 of 10
I don't know if it's the same in the US but in the UK you can either shift you current iPhone to a new contract or stick it on a PAYG sim card, if you do that you could sell it on. The other option is obviously to jailbreak it and use it on any network

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Dan
post #4 of 10
a lot of people want to know
e.g. if i get the v2iphone, then what about getting my wife a v1iphone, save some bucks if they go to a new form factor at Christmas or jan 09 then upgrade one, stagger them.
used iphones if the above is true price/ value would drop like stone. most consumers don't want to jailbreak, just be able to get a phone and a att contract. what will apple do with refurbs??
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post #5 of 10
I think that cannot be the case. Can't you just have the 2G one deactivated? Couldn't the new customer just reactive it upon purchase?
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Mid-way down on this page: http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9717097-1.html
post #7 of 10
Quit taking stuff out of context... read the entire paragraph!

You CAN give/sell the phone to someone else and it CAN be re-activated with a new/different account. (ie: a different phone number from AT&T.) Apparently though, you can't just stick an existing active SIM into it and expect it to work.
The article was pretty clear about this.
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So what is to prevent UK people from buying loads of iPhone 3Gs, not activating, or just "activating" on prepaid, then shipping a boatload to the US straight?

Because, for US residents, think about it:

Option A: pay USD199. Delays/worries of activating with AT&T, and 2 year contract. Heck, I don't even *know* if I'll still have my job next month.

Option B: pay USD299 for iPhone from UK through eBay (on o2 prepaid, so it is "activated", without contract). Go nuts. Enjoy yourself. Unlock, dance, put in an AT&T prepay sim, whatever...

post #9 of 10
perhaps nothing?... I could find nothing on the O2 site that priced the new phone without contract... something tells me it'll be a bit steeper.
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post #10 of 10
You just have to unock the phone, then you can use any sim. ATT can't kill your iPhone. Otherwise, how did I just sell my iPhone on eBay last week? It works just fine. Unlock it and give it to anybody you want.
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