Prototype iPhone 4 Appears on eBay

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As noted by ThisIsMyNext, a prototype iPhone 4 appeared on eBay this weekend. This prototype iPhone 4 has many of the signs that it is a pre-release device. The volume buttons don't have the + and - markings as the production models have, and the FCC ID, Size and Model numbers are X'd out on the back casing. The eBay description details the findings:

1. iPhone has wear on the frame, some small marks on the rear cover, small marks on the screen. No cracks and no deep scratches.
2. Volume buttons don't have the usual + for upper button and - for lower volume button
3. Phone will not activate on at&t and when syncing with iTunes it says that this phone can not be activated with at&t sim card it won't activate (please review picture #10)
4. On rear cover Model No.: XXXXX FCC ID: BCGAXXXXX IC ID: 579C-AXXXXX (please review picture #8)
5. Front screen and rear cover has some type of numbers printed on the inside.

The iPhone 4 prototype is notable for being one of the most leaked Apple devices ever. A prototype of the device was said to be found in a bar, after which it was sold to gadget blog Gizmodo. The site then did a tear down and analysis of the device well before its launch.


Update: As is frequently the case with Apple prototypes appearing on eBay, the auction has been shut down.

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122 months ago

RU for real

Yes.

Where do you think most stolen items get sold in this day and age (not to mention all the blatant fake items on ebay)? If not craigslist then ebay. If you think otherwise then you're naive.
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122 months ago
As noted by a commenter here (http://thisismynext.com/2011/07/03/iphone-4-prototype-shows-ebay/#comment-241648222), the iTunes logo didn't change until 3 months after the iPhone was released. Assuming that a prototype wouldn't be able to use a stock firmware, this is looking a bit doubtful.
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122 months ago

And the auction is now taken down. I wonder if it was the seller or eBay?

It may have been

Payment will not be accepted using paypal due to high fees and fraud. I WILL ONLY ACCEPT Cashier check and only after it clears I will then ship the item.

rather than the item itself. eBay are militant about requiring PayPal. Basically, sell all the stolen goods you want, but don't diss PayPal.
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122 months ago
Why someone to spent 100,000 for a prototype that's not even functional.:apple::apple::apple:
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122 months ago
I have a feeling that the one who is bidding the highest will just back out of it and not pay.
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122 months ago
$100,000?

Punk'd.
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