South Korean Carrier Starts Selling iPhone 3GS Again

Joanna Estrada
June 18, 2018

The iPhone 3GS does not have dual cameras, face unlock technology, huge storage, fingerprint sensor or the large screens that have been around since the iPhone 6. The plastic phone is comparatively disposable, though notably less recyclable, as Apple has made major strides in materials and reuse over the nine years since it introduced the 3GS.

The iPhone 3GS was a powerful, capable device, for its time; and a worthy upgrade even over the standard iPhone 3G - though the smartphone landscape as we know it has evolved quite profoundly in the years since its mid-summer 2009 debut. Now, the model will soon be available for purchase again nine years after its original release. An iPhone 3GS for just $40? However, that hasn't stopped one carrier from reselling the devices for just $40 a pop. South Korea's ET News reported that local wireless carrier SK Telink will restart sales of the iPhone 3GS later this month.

It is unknown how many of these units will be available, but it could be limited, given that the company has stated that "the iPhone 3GS has been launched to celebrate the opening of the SK Seven mobile online mall while expanding the selection of consumer smartphones". They will then be repackaged and sold.

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The telecom company has reportedly said that the iPhone 3GS will be sold unlocked and that it will check each unit before selling it to ensure that the phone is functional. With Apple having switched to the Lightning connector from the 30-pin connector back in 2012, customers find it hard to get accessories for this handset as well.

It is to be noted that these are not second-hand iPhones, and are brand new with their original box content including the charger and earbuds. iPhone fans will be hoping these iPhones will be tested and come with refurbished batteries.

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