iPhone 6 prototype is on eBay for over $100,000

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  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    Legitimate bids. Many of the buyers have feedback in the hundreds, some over 1000. This guy got the phone by mistake from Apple. What a find!!! He is going to make $100,000 for a $500 investment.

    The current bid for an iPhone 6 on eBay is $100,100.

    But this isn't any Apple iPhone: The device, currently offered by technology enthusiast Alex Kantor is allegedly a prototype model, still running the testing software, CNET reported.

    "I determined that this iPhone was a version not meant for the consumer market after seeing the software version on it. I am an avid tech lover and I knew what this software was right away. It is actually called SwitchBoard and is only for internal Apple testing," Kantor told CNET. "Also, there is no FCC markings on the rear of the device or model number. Also, there is a red charging port which is known on prototypes."


    Kantor said that he was sent the device by Verizon when he simply ordered a normal iPhone 6, CNET reported.

    As of Monday afternoon the auction, which ends Thursday, has 200 bids.


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  2. Dlist

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    I don't get this..I just got my iPhone 6. Who the F are idiots buying prototypes?
     
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    People that want to make money off the possibly secret info they can get off the developer model.
     
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    wujekcity Well-Known Member

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    I could understand if it was possibly the First Iphone prototype ever....but in 10 years when the Iphone23 comes out, is the 6 prototype gonna be worth anything?
     
  5. MutteringJohn

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    Like millions of other people, Alex Kantor, a technology fan who works with a mobile company, decided he would upgrade to a new iPhone 6. Unlike millions of other people, Kantor has a very unusual story to go along with his new smartphone. He says he ordered his upgrade through Verizon. When it arrived, it appeared to be a phone running in developer mode. He believed he had a prototype in his hands, so he decided to test other consumers' interest by placing it on eBay. Bidding is currently at $90,300 (about £56,402, AU$103,411) with 177 bids placed.

    "I determined that this iPhone was a version not meant for the consumer market after seeing the software version on it. I am an avid tech lover and I knew what this software was right away. It is actually called SwitchBoard and is only for internal Apple testing," Kantor tells CNET. "Also, there is no FCC markings on the rear of the device or model number. Also, there is a red charging port which is known on prototypes."

    The auction description notes that iOS 8 has not been placed on the device. It comes with the box, charger, headphones and paperwork. "This device is being sold as is. I cannot guarantee that it will make calls or that the camera will work," reads the description. Kantor later added that he plugged the device into iTunes and that iTunes recognized it as an iPhone.


    Kantor says the phone was sent to him directly by Verizon and he believes it was simply the "luck of the draw" that he received the version he did. It's a bit like unwrapping the golden ticket from a Willy Wonka chocolate bar.

    There are still plenty of questions swirling around this device. Is it truly a prototype? If it came from Verizon, how did it get into the regular shipping mix? Will Apple try to get the phone back? Are all those astonishingly high bids actually real? Kantor certainly hopes they are. "I am so surprised by how high the auction has gone. Yesterday morning I was about to end the auction at $3,500 just to get out quickly. I am very happy that I decided not to end it," he says.

    If the phone is what Kantor says he believes it to be, then this wouldn't be the first time an early version of an Apple device has escaped into the public's grasp. Apple asked for the return of a 3G MacBook prototype sold through Craigslist back in 2011. Tech site Gizmodo ended up returning an iPhone 4Gthat came into its possession in 2010. There have also been a couple of cases of iPhone prototypes getting left behind in bars.

    Kantor's eBay account currently has one positive feedback for a purchase he made within the last six months, though the account was started in early 2013. He has no eBay sales feedback. CNET has not had the opportunity to examine the phone and can't make a determination as to whether it's a real prototype. We have reached out to Apple and Verizon for comment.

    This will be an interesting story to watch as the auction still has three days left to go. In the meantime, Kantor ordered himself a replacement iPhone 6, saying, "Hope the other one comes back the same."
     
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    I did not read.
     
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    wujekcity Well-Known Member

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    if you do a search of ebay for iphone prototype...there is supposedly a original first generation Iphone prototype for sale for $1300 lol....why is this one worth 100k? I call bullshit PR move
     
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    Bullet points my friend.
     
  9. broccoli rob

    broccoli rob thanks for the memories DW3

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    I was reading the other day that a kid just discovered an entire program waiting to be launched inside the facebook app. Apparently facebook will soon allow you to transfer money/make payments to your friends. I don't know if this Stanford Comp Sci student made any money off his discovery, but at least he made it onto gizmodo :cheer:

    http://gizmodo.com/looks-like-facebook-messenger-is-prepping-friend-to-fri-1642683255
     
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    Don't put it in your pocket and sit down!
     
  11. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    It's possible that the people bidding know Apple will pay much more than the final bid to get the prototype back. $100,000 to Apple is the equivalent to about 10 cents.
     
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    Meanwhile, I'm such a tech idiot, I would've angrily returned it and complained about being given some used piece of shit.