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Rare iPhone 4 prototype hits eBay, yours for $10,000

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Rare iPhone 4 prototype hits eBay, yours for $10,000
While some people collect stamps, coins, badges, or baseball cards, others prefer focusing on geekier stuff like obscure electronics or even mobile phones. The latter kind of folks are the ones that might be interested in this rare specimen that was just discovered on eBay – an iPhone 4 prototype unit that, surprisingly, is still operational as it has not been deactivated by Apple.  

What runs on this iPhone 4 prototype is the Switchboard software framework, which Apple used to test software on the device. Another thing that makes the unit special is the rare "Deathstar" logo on its back. Speaking of which, the back plate of the device can be easily removed for quick access to the handset's internals. In case you are wondering, this particular device has 32GB of storage.

Needless to say, this iPhone 4 prototype cannot be used as an every-day device, but it will look well on your shelf of interesting items. As long as you don't mind spending a pile of cash on it, that is. Bids start at $4,500 and a $10,000 buy-it-now price has been set for the impatient.

source: eBay via Engadget

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posted on 22 Aug 2012, 04:22 10

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)

Who would buy this junk...
I would rather get 100 galaxy s3's or even iphone 4 asses

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 04:30 2

3. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

wow.. crazy..

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 04:35 4

4. jopancy (Posts: 74; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)

10,000 for what?@#!?&!!?

I'll pass, please. Next!...

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 04:46 3

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Death Star logo? ATAT walker icon in the software?

The evil empire jokes are just too easy this time.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 05:16 3

6. abish1234 (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

i thought april fools day was not untill next year :D :D

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 05:23

7. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

For the really apple geeks. normal smartphone users not welcome.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 05:31 3

8. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

welcome to hatearena!

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 08:49 1

9. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Android user r so blinded by their hatred of apple, that they don't realize this is a collectors item. Collecter items appreciate as time goes on. One day that prototype will b worth a lot more. The 53 vette cost 3,500$ brand new, now they fetch upwards of a million. It won't b worth that but it'll fetch a lot more than 10 grand down the road.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 11:11 1

15. Savage (unregistered)

I've never seen Tech-pieces become vintage items. Show me a......VHS player which is worth that much.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:18 1

21. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

I don't know about VHS, but some old Betamax players go for a lot at collector shows. I sell and collect comics so I have a general knowledge of it. You'd b amazed at some of the stuff that's actually valuable out there.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 09:49

10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3915; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Looks like a pokeball to me.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 09:50 2

11. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


please change this site's name to that...

it makes more sense since your audience is full of ignorant and hateful people...

i respect all news that your writer's post... its your audience that devalues the site...


posted on 22 Aug 2012, 13:28 1

19. Savage (unregistered)

Just because it has too many Android users, you are pissed. If had too many Apple fans you'd be pissed too! What do you expect from fanboys? It's not like any supporter of a particular cult is better or more rational thinking than the other. It is a tech site, naturally it will attract fanboys defending and bashing what they believe in. The site's name has nothing to do with the users.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 19:30

20. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

This guy must be a fcking idiot. i mean look at the back it says PROTOTYPE. the last Iphone prototype didn't have a model number just two x's before the iPhone 4 launch. this idiot must be desperate for money then later one some dumb fool will spend 4,000$ on a fake prototype

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 12:38

22. Maximilien (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)

There is 2 more iPhone 4 prototypes on sale on eBay ! One black and one white :-)
At 100€ each it is still cheap... but without the switchboard ^o^
(Sell in Paris-France, article 200894568714 and 200894569719)

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