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    Wondering how the iPhone looked in early stages, just before it made it to the market? Now, you can have a piece of it! There’s an auction on eBay for iPhone Prototype (!!).

    Not only you’ll get a single prototype, but two of them! Though the second piece doesn’t seem to work but it just needs the right hardware expert.

    The seller seems to have done his homework as well to prove these phones no fake! Each of the phones has an early version of the OS installed, version 03.06.01G, which is way older than the 03.11.02G version, found in the first iPhones released. Based on the serial number, the phones were manufactured in Week 49 and Week 50 in 2006 (iPhone was announced in January 2007…)



    Finally, the Prototype that works has a pretty neat functionality. It can make and receive calls with an AT&T sim, receive messages (you can only send 5 template messages included), surf mobile versions of sites and even the Camera functions. It cannot be synced with the iTunes being a prototype (seems that they added the syncing functionality later).

    Otherwise, these pieces look exactly the same as the iPhone released except for the fact that they do not have iPhone or capacity engraved on the back. Another difference is that the second non-working prototype houses a plastic screen instead of the glass in the other. The back of this phone also has some text.

    This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale, or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained. Serial No. YM65002JD22 IMEI No.:004401520034774
    The current bid is $2295 and the auction lasts till 11th March 8:00 PM PDT but I won't mind spending that money (if I had) on these rare possessions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    I will pay thousands for this! It will easily become something museums will be interested in one day. Please don’t bid against me.
    A noticeable fact is that the OS pics are quite similar to the diagnostic mode ones revealed in iPod Touch by iLounge. These phones seem to have belonged to a MacRumors member in early January in this year.

    [eBay, iLounge and [ame="http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=627449"]MacRumors[/ame]]

    cash edit:
    No longer on ebay
    Quote Originally Posted by eaby
    This listing (170308425742) has been removed or is no longer available. Please make sure you entered the right item number.
    If the listing was removed by eBay, consider it canceled. Note: Listings that have ended more than 90 days ago will no longer appear on eBay.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Prototype Discovered on eBay started by sayam View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      I swear ive seen this posted a few months before. Looks like the firmware they use on the Chinese made iphone.
    1. bmxtreme's Avatar
      bmxtreme -
      It's a fregin fake phone....man..what is wrong with poeple nowadays....prototype bleh....
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajl917 View Post
      The earliest one Ive seen was sometime in September '06, but Im sure the actual phone (not software) was being developed much earlier...
      Lol. The iphone was developed for several years before it waz actually released. It had been rumored like 8 years ago (someone correct me, but I think thats pretty close).
    1. killakill's Avatar
      killakill -
      Dump that ROM from that phone so we all can play with it.

      Someone lease post instructions on how to load this prototype firmware on current iphones. I am really interested on playing with this older firmware. I think it would be fun to mess with. Please post instructions on how to load this firmware.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by killakill View Post
      Dump that ROM from that phone so we all can play with it.

      Someone lease post instructions on how to load this prototype firmware on current iphones. I am really interested on playing with this older firmware. I think it would be fun to mess with. Please post instructions on how to load this firmware.
      From what I have seen, no one can seem to get this running. It just seems to crash no matter what you do...
    1. dreadlk's Avatar
      dreadlk -
      The first 2 prototypes of the iPhone would be valuable, these units are probably not even close to being the firsts so I can assure you they will never be worth much.

      Now that the firmware has been released I am sure someone with firmware skills, a 2G iPhone, a computer assisted engraving unit and plenty of time on their hands is going to try and make there own "Prototype" and sell it.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dreadlk View Post
      The first 2 prototypes of the iPhone would be valuable, these units are probably not even close to being the firsts so I can assure you they will never be worth much.

      Now that the firmware has been released I am sure someone with firmware skills, a 2G iPhone, a computer assisted engraving unit and plenty of time on their hands is going to try and make there own "Prototype" and sell it.
      But, unless the serial numbers match up to be before the release date, it will only be beta software on regular iPhone...
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Does anyone know what these were sold for?