The first generation Apple iPhone has just been sold in Australia on eBay for the price of $1500, according to claims.
Pocket-lint reports that applefancollector, an eBay user, claims that it was a first generation Apple iPhone. He has managed to sell the engraved iPhone for $1500 after he was asked by his wife to clear out his things. The device seems to be a priced possession by the user who did not want to give it away easily.
The eBay advertisement reads: "This is device is especially rare, as it shows the initial iOS version installed and the signal strength values etched on the back. This was done by Apple internally and is guaranteed genuine."
The description also says: "It does not run a full version of iOS at its current state and you cannot make any calls with this. It is a pure collectors' item and I am sure any collector, such as myself, knows what this is and will value it in their collection."
applefancollector is an Australia-based user who has been a member on eBay since February 18, 2003 - according to the merchant Web site. So far, the user has received 49 buyer reviews and all of them have been positive. He has got 5-star feedback in every department such as Item as described, Communication, Postage time and Postage charges. If his record continues, the device that he sold is definitely the "item as described" - which is a real first generation Apple iPhone.
Pocket-lint finds that given photograph was quite "good enough." However, they do not consider the device in the photograph good enough to be sold for $1500. On the other hand, they believe that the seller must have convinced the buyer well enough to sell it for such a price. The buyer claims it to be an unused device. In that case, the device is definitely "valuable," the Web site claims.
The engravings, which appear to have been done by none but Apple, show that it is the version 1.1.1. The operating system reveals icons which apparently gets turned on and off based on several device sensors as well as connectivity options.
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