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Topic # 111282 29-Oct-2012 15:45
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Some second hand iPhones for sale on TMe. Prices range between $100 - $200, but depends finally on bidding.

Are these phones any good as a cheap buy. What are issues with them.

I note that they are described as:- 
3G and 3GS -- what is the difference and what "model" of iPhone would this be (Iphone 4 or 3 or 2 or what?)
Have 8gb and 16GB -- what is preferable GB and why
Phones are "Unlocked" and "Jailbroken" -- what do these terms mean. Are these all overseas sourced, not NZ new. Does that make them unusable on any NZ network? Can these devices be used overseas - say on trip to Australia or Europe/UK. Is unlocking or jailbreaking (of a phone) legal. Suppose this is OK as all the phones are made/sourced from overseas in any event - even those sold by NZ telecos.
OIS is -- 4.2.1 or 6.0. What is this and does it matter. One says OIS 4.2.1 is the most stable - is that right?
Phones are "refurbished" - does that mean they are reconditioned second hand and have also had any previous owner settings and PINS or passwords and/or downloads/apps etc removed.

Can one just insert one's own NZ prepay Sim Card into one of these devices and be "up and running"?

All and any comments welcome.

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  Reply # 708500 29-Oct-2012 15:58
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I would personally stay away from 3 or 3GS phones now due to the age and no longer supported by Apple,
Recommended models would be 4,4S or 5

GB space is up to the user depending on what they use the device for, keep in mind that some apps can be large in size, as well as other photos, music..

caution over phones that are listed as jailbroken, unlocked.
You need to be aware that you might be buying a device that has been locked to a network overseas, so resetting the phone or upgrading may cause you issues and it could stop working

The latest software is 6.0

My current iPhone is a 4 32gb jailbroken model on 5.11
Jailbroken to add other features apple haven't implemented



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