Want a brand new iPhone 3GS? 9 years on, Korean carrier restarts sales at $40 a pop

Want a brand new iPhone 3GS? 9 years on, Korean carrier restarts sales at $40 a pop
If you thought that the first iPhone with usable cellular connectivity is only destined for Apple timeline roundups, you aren't in the minds of Korean carrier marketeers. A subsidiary of the largest carrier south of the DMZ, SK Telink's brainstorming sessions aren't what they used to be. 

Braving the naysayers, the Mad Men-inspired bunch decided to use the possibilities given to it by its SK7 second-hand brand to take a bunch of iPhone 3GS models chilling in the warehouse for the last 9 years, repackage them in premium boxes, and sell them at the prepaid crowd for the equivalent of $40 a pop. 

These are, mind, you, brand new iPhone 3GS units together with the original box content down to the charger and earbuds, tested working, and, hopefully, with refurbished batteries. As per SK Telink spokespeople:

Word, and, even though there will be no Kakao Talk messaging to be installed, the phones can still be used for talk/text and music playback, and we are fairly certain that those will sell like hot cakes, given the retro craze that is sweeping the globe these days. 

Moreover, what's cooler than to brag at school that your parents have gotten you the... iPhone 3GS. Hey, you can always swindle your mates that this is the new iPhone SE 2, too.

source: ETNews (translated)

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iPhone 3GS
  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1219 mAh(12.00h talk time)



1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

This guy must be crazy buy something cost $650 at the time and now sell at a lost at $40. I bet he though it will worth a lot more one day in feature unfortunate he is wrong.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all those 3gs parts are a fraction of what they would cost now. You can buy a 3.5 inch TFT color display with roughly the same (320x480) resolution for $6 or less. The single core 600 MHz processor with 256 mb of ram that was in the original 3gs was Apples first SoC. Btw it was designed and manufactured by Samsung. Well needless to say you can get much better SoCs that offer and do more for very little money. You can buy 64 bit SoCs with 1 GB of RAM, with 4 cores, and Wifi and Bluetooth for $10. But if you want something roughly equivalent to a single core Cortex-A8 with 256 mb of RAM, then you would pay a lot less. The Wifi and Bluetooth offered today is superior to back then. Basically I am trying to tell you that you can build something way better today for very little. Just look at all the different SBCs and IoT boards that are out there today.

8. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Omg this guy, it must be embarrassing to be a friend of you or a relative, have you ever considered getting laid and quit your obsession with apple?

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Omg, I was telling the truth. Just look up those parts today. You can get better SoCs with more ram and even expandable storage. If you don't believe me look it up yourself. A Raspberry Pi zero W has a much faster CPU, GPU, better Wifi, Bluetooth, and 4 times the amount of RAM, and it has expandable storage for $8. But that is a ready made SBC. If you buy the components yourself you can get even better deals. But let's pretend the components in the original iPhone 3gs are expensive. Oh wait, but that would be a complete lie.

13. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

What would you say if the news were about the first Galaxy? Don’t you see it’s just like a vintage product and some people just want to have it as a collection piece or something? Why don’t you just stfu, relax, get a nice lady to get laid and quit this obsession with apple?

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I am relaxed. Btw anyone looking at these posts, people would definitely see that you are the one that is not relaxed, and clearly you are upset with what I posted. Which was just the truth. Also it doesn't matter if it was the first Galaxy or not. The truth is the same iPhone 3gs or Samsung Galaxy would both have inexpensive components in today's world. I am not stopping anyone from spending their money on this. If they want to purchase one of these for nostalgia purposes, then go ahead. Be my guest.

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Thank you sgodsell. I was able to buy most of the parts and put them together like you suggested. I need help figuring out a case to put all of these in. I would hate to carry this frankenphone around like this :( Please assist. Here's a pic. https://www.3ders.org/images2014/customize-build-own-smartphone-using-raspberry-pi-3d-printing-4.jpg

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well from that picture it looks like they are using a Raspberry Pi model A. Which is no longer made today, and hasn't been made for almost 2 years now. A Raspberry Pi Zero W which is cheaper, runs faster than the original model A, and it has Wifi, and Bluetooth. The Raspberry Pi zero W has better CPU, GPU, Wifi, Bluetooth, and 2 times more RAM than the original 3gs. Oh, and the Raspberry Pi zero is much smaller than the Raspberry Pi model A, 2, 3, B, B+, A+. All you need is a GPRS i2c model, and a SPI touch screen display or you can use a faster display if you go with a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 models. But hey I know you Ninety Six you would never make anything yourself, because your are a simpleton. You have the sheep mentality.

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

What did Apple ever do to you? :( Do you want to talk about it?

17. whatev

Posts: 2333; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I think some nasty apple employee touched his private area in an apple store, that’s the way he lost his virginity and now he suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, poor thing :(

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

$40 is still better than $0 he get if he just let those phone sit in warehouse.

2. KingSam

Posts: 1476; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I'd take a brand new one for $40. That's the first iPhone design (sort of) and great collectors item. Not to mention iOS 6 was the last of the old school ui.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Most fugly phone!

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Nokia 7600 says hello.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You must be looking at your Nokia 7705 Twist or Microsoft Kin if you're looking at fugly.

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1281; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I want it as a novelty item.

18. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

These are Chinese rubbish tip phones slapped together from sorted parts that might work and then refurbed. Multi-million $$$ industry, people all over the world trawl through working/broken iPhones and they are sent to China for unauthorised refurb. Not worth a cent IMO.

19. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

omai you guyz r weird

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