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Why Do Used IPhones Sell For $400-600 On Ebay?  
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
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I don't understand it. Used AT&T-specific iPhones regularly sell for between $400 and $600 (and as much as $1000) on eBay.

Why do people spend this much for used iPhones? Why don't they just pay $200 for a new phone and plan and another $175 for the early termination fee to get a brand-new phone?

2H4


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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8541 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2178 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter):
Why don't they just pay $200 for a new phone and plan and another $175 for the early termination fee to get a brand-new phone?

Seems like you answered your question. That $375, plus the cost of the actual phone bill for the first month, is just about what you would expect to pay on Ebay, plus labor and shipping.

There is constant demand for unlocked iPhones.


User currently offlineFca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1762 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2170 times:

Get an HTC 2 for less  Smile And it's windows so I like  Smile

User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
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Quoting Flighty (Reply 1):
Seems like you answered your question. That $375, plus the cost of the actual phone bill for the first month, is just about what you would expect to pay on Ebay, plus labor and shipping.

Sure, that makes sense, but it doesn't explain why people would pay up to $1000 for the device, which I've seen.

Another question - I'm pretty sure I'm going to sell my 3GS so I can switch to a usable network. How concerned should I be about the buyer being able to restore my personal data? Is it as easy as restoring "deleted" photos on SD cards?

2H4



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21462 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2105 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3):
Another question - I'm pretty sure I'm going to sell my 3GS so I can switch to a usable network. How concerned should I be about the buyer being able to restore my personal data? Is it as easy as restoring "deleted" photos on SD cards?

If you use the onboard erase function the data should be deleted permanently. It takes several hours but that is because the phone actually overwrites the data.

I haven't used that function on the 3GS yet, however. In principle it should be sufficient to just throw away the encryption key to render your data unrecoverable. I'm not entirely certain that the 3GS will still bother to overwrite the data.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2084 times:
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Quoting Klaus (Reply 4):

Thanks, Klaus. Much appreciated!

2H4



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