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post #1 of 9
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Checked out eBay and this seller has a 16GB 3GS for sale as is:

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THIS LISTING IS FOR A MINT CONDITION 16GB BLACK 3GS IPHONE FOR FIDO. IT COMES COMPLETE WITH ALL ACCESSORIES.

THE PROBLEM WITH IT IS THAT IT IS STUCK ON THE "CONNECT TO ITUNES" SCREEN AND FOR SOME REASON WHEN I PLUGGED IT IN TO ITUNES FOR RESTORE IT SAYS THAT IT CANNOT BE RESTORED.

BEFORE THIS HAPPENED I WAS USING IT WITH A FIDO SIM AND EVERYTHING WAS WORKING PERFECTLY INCLUDING THE LCD, MIC, EARPIECE AND CHARGING PORT.

BECAUSE OF THIS REASON IT IS BEING SOLD AS IS, WITH NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS. IT IS PERFECT FOR PARTS OR REPAIR.
Is this easily fixable?
post #2 of 9
think u can fix it by going into disk mode. but thats the only advise i can offer :S
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post #3 of 9
I think a full system restore/update can fix it, i know it does for ipods, so it should be the same..
    
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post #4 of 9
You can fix it.

Put it into DFU mode.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=DFU+mode

then you can fix it.
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post #5 of 9
yea DFU should be able to get that back on track. unless its on some apple ban list or something like that. since it is the 3GS apple has to sign each time you restore. ask for the serial number and check to see the warranty on it. https://selfsolve.apple.com/GetWarranty.do
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post #6 of 9
How much is it? It may or may not be fixable. For all we know, the sync port could be borked.. but hey, you may end up getting a VERY cheap iphone

Sticking it in DFU mode, like others have said, may be an option to restore it.
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post #7 of 9
As long as it remains under $100. The 16GB 3GS new is scheduled to drop to $149 in June 24th with the release of iPhone 4.
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post #8 of 9
If you can't fix it by putting it into DFU mode:

Buy an Apple care plan.
Bring it to an Apple store after the 24th.
Receive an iPhone 4.

No guarantees, but I told Apple there was something up with my itouch 2g speakers and they replaced it with a 3g.
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by xdanisx View Post
If you can't fix it by putting it into DFU mode:

Buy an Apple care plan.
Bring it to an Apple store after the 24th.
Receive an iPhone 4.

No guarantees, but I told Apple there was something up with my itouch 2g speakers and they replaced it with a 3g.
they have a S**T load of replacements for the 3gS and they still have a lot of the 3g. iPhones and iPod Touch are different.
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