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[CNet] iPhone redered Useless with 3G Upgrade (rumor, proved false)

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Q: Let's say I bought my iPhone last year and I want the iPhone 3G. Can I give my old iPhone to my sister or sell it on eBay?
A: No, once an existing iPhone user activates service for an iPhone 3G, their first-generation handset will be unusable as a phone. You won't be able to replace it with another AT&T SIM card and use it to make calls. This also means that you can't buy an old iPhone on eBay and expect to activate it on AT&T's network. However, you can use it as a media player and a Wi-Fi device for browsing the Web.
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-971...?tag=cnetfd.mt

That pisses me off big time, I think there may be some legal ramifications with this...
I have always...always sold my old cell phone when upgrading and now we're being told that u might as well just throw it in the can?
Edited by airmike532 - 6/12/08 at 1:25pm
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thats crazy and sucks big time...

way to go apple...
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I wonder how much AT&T paid to have the iPhone exclusive on their service.
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post #4 of 25
here is the link in correct format
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How can they be allowed to do this? If it's still compatible, and people that decide not to buy the new one can still use their old ones, it doesn't make sense that Apple should be able to trash the old phone. And to think, I was starting to like apple
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What's their source for this? When you buy a 3G AT&T doesn't know if you had a first gen previously. And from the wording it implies that if you can't sell the first gen only if you buy a 3G. I'm not buying it
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I servilely doubt this is true. As many and I mean MANY people already sold their old iPhones on ebay and had their new owner connect them to ATT, and work fine.
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If you are planning to get the 3G iphone and want to sell your current one you should just unlock it before the 2.0 update and sell it. I'm sure unlocked phones will still have value. Maybe?
    
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"rendered"
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So virtually they are stealing people's old Iphones? (metaphorically speaking)
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