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My brother has an iPhone 3g 8mb that he no longer uses. He has T-mobile and has it JB and on iOS 3.x (says he can't go higher and keep it JB). He has an Android phone now and does not use it for anything.

My wife and I each have a 3gs, so I don't need it, but would it make an OK iPod touch type device for an 8 and 5 year old?
I would not use if as a phone, so would I even need a SIM in it (I do have an old one I could put in if needed). Can a 3g run newer iOS well (seems 4.2.1 works well if you turn off multi-tasking?), or should I stick with an older one?

Also, he said I could have it, but want to offer him something for it, so what is a 3g 8 gig worth (everything works fine and in good shape)?
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It would work great for that. I highly suggest NOT upgrading that 3g to 4.x iOS. It will KILL the performance of the phone. iOS 3.2.1 works great and doesn't need to be upgraded any more for a iphone 3g.

As for the sim card, just keep the phone in airplane mode. Also, how did you plan on swapping out the sim card?

As for the worth, not really sure I can help with that as I don't really know. Specially when you can get an iphone 3gs for 50$ with a 2-year contract. Now I know you're not using it for a phone but was just using that as a general reference. Either way I'm not sure what you should compensate him with.
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Going for 100 on OC marketplace.
Worth 200.
Give him something that doesn't have money value.
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It would work great for that. I highly suggest NOT upgrading that 3g to 4.x iOS. It will KILL the performance of the phone. iOS 3.2.1 works great and doesn't need to be upgraded any more for a iphone 3g.

As for the sim card, just keep the phone in airplane mode. Also, how did you plan on swapping out the sim card?

As for the worth, not really sure I can help with that as I don't really know. Specially when you can get an iphone 3gs for 50$ with a 2-year contract. Now I know you're not using it for a phone but was just using that as a general reference. Either way I'm not sure what you should compensate him with.
OK, but don't some apps require iOS4.x or higher (I think I have seen that on some, but that may be Cydia apps, which this will not have on it).

Also, don't want to use airplane mode, that kills Wi-Fi, and I do want that so the kids can watch Netflix on it (plus a few games do require network connectivity to work).
As for the SIM, he has taken out his T-mobile card, so I would just need to put my old AT&T SIM in it.

For the value, that is the problem, I got both my 3gs for $19.99 each (both were refurbs), so I don't want to spend much on this, and even though he said I could have it for free, I don't want to say "here is $20" and insult him. I may just ask him again if he wants anything for it.

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Give him something that doesn't have money value.
Yea, I may just do this.
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Yes there are some apps that require ios 4.0. Only reason why I upgraded my iphone 3gs, otherwise 3.2.1 does everything that 4.0 can but typically faster (if jailbroken of course)

Also, if the device is jailbroken, you cannot delete cydia unless you upgrade to a later iOS.

I did forget that airplane mode does mess with wifi, so scratch that idea. If anything just remove the sim card all together you don't need one.

Also, I dunno if you have a lot of movies or anything on any of your home machines. But if you do, I highly suggest an app called Air Video. You install the pc counter-part on your machine called Air Server. And with this program you add folders to the program that have your media, and then from anywhere (as long as internet is available) you can access those movies/music.

What I like to do is if I'm going somewhere and I'm not driving I use my iPhone to setup a wifi hotspot, join my iPad to it and then watch movies on my ipad.

Now this app also works for iphone as well (I have it on my phone too)
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Well, I was not going to "delete" Cydia since I do want it JB, but many of the Cydia apps I have on mine are not ones that would be put on this device (many that I use are just my personal customizations that my kids could care less about). All that would be on it are the apps from the Apple App Store that I have already bought that they like.

I just was not sure if the iPhone would function without a SIM in place (I had a Nokia that would just sit on the main screen saying "Insert SIM" and would not do any thing else). If it works without a SIM, all the better.

I will look into Air Video. Looks interesting.
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Depending on the jailbreak you may not even need a SIM card
Judging by the fact that he was on Tmobile I'll bet you don't
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