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

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

Related phones

iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

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

3. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

wow.. crazy..

4. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

10,000 for what?@#!?&!!? I'll pass, please. Next!...

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Death Star logo? ATAT walker icon in the software? The evil empire jokes are just too easy this time.

6. abish1234

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

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

7. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

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

8. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

welcome to hatearena!

9. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

15. Savage unregistered

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

21. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Looks like a pokeball to me.

11. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

androidarena... 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... smh

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.

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

22. Maximilien

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 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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