Prices for the original Apple iPhone still sealed in the original box run as high as $22K on eBay

For many people, their lives changed on January 9th 2007 when Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone at MacWorld. This was the device that everyone wanted. With a signed two-year pact with Cingular (which became AT&T days later), the 4GB version of the handset was $499 and the 8GB model was $599. Apple ran a series of ads that many still remember to this day, showing off how the desktop version of the New York Times looked on mobile Safari, and introducing many to YouTube thanks to a skateboarding dog.

As cool as the original iPhone was, it was far from perfect. Jobs decided to use the slower EDGE network instead of 3G, which meant that if you used the browser, you would end up missing phone calls. The 2MP camera did not have auto focus or a flash and the handset did not support stereo Bluetooth. Also missing was MMS. Still, the features that were on the phone and the sleek touchscreen design made the iPhone a hit. And years later, the introduction of each new iPhone is a major event.

The original iPhone still gets listed and sold on eBay as a collectors' item. The big pay day comes to those who bought the phone, but decided not to take it out of the box. Even if it was all dumb luck, those with a mint condition iPhone still in the sealed box can reap as much as $20,000 on eBay from a willing buyer. And yes, sellers are actually getting these prices.

Maybe its just us, but we'd rather spend a small percentage of that money on a brand new Apple iPhone 7 Plus with features that we couldn't even dream about in 2007.

source: eBay via BGR

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1. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

I'm Rick Harrison and this is my pawn shop. 2$ is as high as I can go !


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

2$? That is too expensive! Even if it was for free it would be too expensive!

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just take it and I'll give you $2.. deal?

3. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

People are going crazy over nothing. LOL

33. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You ever heard about collectors?

50. ChickenDinner

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Phonearena is filled with idiots who truly believe the original iPhone sealed in a box is worth nothing because it's "outdated". The original iPhone represents more than a physical piece of tech. It was the foundation and first large leap into the modern day phone industry. Hate Apple all you want. Hate Steve Jobs all you want. However, no one can deny how innovative the original iPhone was.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The original iPhone sucked. Yes no flash, no full BT support, no 3G, could t record pictures, no sdcard aupport, no copy/paste, still took forever to charge for its size and more. It was just cool looking. I still prefer the 3GS over any model they ever made.

8. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

No SD card support ? You kidding ? Even the most recent iPhone doesnt have that feature. I guess you had the first nexus in mind while typing...

14. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

The first Nexus did have SD card support...

22. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

The Nexus One had ALL the features that were missing from the first iPhone and more, so I guess YOU had some feature/flip phone in your mind while typing...

11. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you arent old enough to remember what the competition was like when it came out.

13. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sadly, he is way too old than we all thought. And I say sadly, because you expect less trolling and more maturity for someone of his age. If you saw his flickr album you wouls have been shocked.

23. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Was your comment targeting me or the Techie XP ?

35. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Techie bro.

38. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Well the was a stupid person on this site named "PapaSmurf". He holds the credit for being the worst troller on PA.

39. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well you're wrong. PapaSmurf was one of the least biased people on this site, he is like DJ, he was open to all OEMs but was still accused of being a Samsung fanboy, and when he got an iPhone 6 Plus he was accused that he is an Apple fanboy. I was labled as a Samsung fanboy, yet I was attacked by Techie and trolls like him whenever I criticized Samsung. People don't like it when someone attacks their favorite company, even if the other person is also fan of this company.

63. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

These little trolling fanboys whine like crazy, when someone issues an opinion about their fav OEM, they don't like. Smurf, you and I are as unbiased as it gets, but unbiased usually means brutally honest, and that hurts fanboy feelings. By the way, Brigadier is Arte8800.

65. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I doubt it bro, Arte8800 is a rude troll, Brigadier seems like a decent man but also brainwashed by Samsung.

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hmmmm....stay tuned. They post identical, right down to the rhetoric and punctuation.

40. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Wow are you serious? He isn't 13 honestly??????? I'm honestly shocked lol

52. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

More like a man in his 40's. This is the sad truth about him.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31538; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I didn't know phones recorded pictures, I always thought they recorded video.

16. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ikr? It didn't even have wireless charging, IP68, curved amoled screen, fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, etc.... In case you missed it, I was being sarcastic. Because whether you like it or not, the iPhone was one the most advanced gadgets back in 2007, and it helped define the future of the smartphone world.

24. Unordinary unregistered

This just in, by your paid reviewer.

26. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I disagree... iPhones were indeed cool looking back in their 'heydays' when Jobs was on the Apple 'throne'... There was noting in the whole bloody planet which could hold a candle against it...! Too bad, because I think that Apple; "THE REAL APPLE" died with Jobs... Now, Apple has no visionary... No innovator... They're just following the main-stream... BTW, No one would buy it... Except for the likes of Tony Stark... Dorky billionaires, in other words...! Who have their own tech 'museums'... I'd rather buy a Ducati... A Monster 1200S, to be precise...! I'm a biker, first & foremost... The rest of the passions are secondary, including technology... G'Day!

73. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I had (and still have in my drawer) the original iPhone. You can't say it sucked cause in 2007 it was the top end phone in the market in terms of screen size and software. Things changed for Apple after 2013, Android made huge leaps and still is.

75. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

The first iPhone is one of the great innovations of our time. It changed the mobile landscape forever. But all you care about is the specs that were not relevant at the time.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And no one is buying them.

6. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Junk. I can buy 22 new off-contract phones instead of this obsolete junk. It has no practical purpose now.

47. ChickenDinner

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

You are a confirmed idiot. Whoever buys this a 22k now knows it will appraise in value in the future. It was possibly the most influencial tech product of recent times, and will be worth a hell of a lot more in 10 years.

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