Rare iPhone 4 ‘N90’ Prototype Surfaces On eBay With Unique Logo

Rare iPhone 4 ‘N90’ Prototype Surfaces On eBay With Unique Logo

I bet you’ve never seen an iPhone 4 like this before.

A rare iPhone 4 “N90’ prototype has surfaced on eBay with a strange prototype logo, or “protologo,” on its rear panel. Its seller insists it is the first iPhone 4 prototype to be listed on the online auction site, and they’re currently looking for starting bids of $4,500, or $10,000 for an instant sale.

This isn’t just a regular iPhone 4 with a custom rear panel that’s being labeled a “prototype” to make a quick buck. First, the device has no screw holes in the bottom of its frame, unlike the regular iPhone 4. Instead, its backplate is held on by just one screw that sits alongside the micro-SIM slot.

Rare iPhone 4 ‘N90’ Prototype Surfaces On eBay With Unique Logo

A message on the back plate reads:

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.

In addition to the this, the handset is running internal Apple software called SwitchBoard, which allows the company to test the handset’s hardware. The seller notes that Apple usually disables prototype devices like this, but this one is claimed to be fully functional — at least for now.

With that price tag, the handset is obviously aimed at Apple collectors. But you’ll have to be quick if you’re interested in it. Apple has been known to have items like this removed from eBay, and so it may not be around for long.

Rare iPhone 4 ‘N90’ Prototype Surfaces On eBay With Unique Logo

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  • Benjamin Traub

    so fake it hurts my head thinking someone would go for it.

  • Ed_Kel

    so fake it hurts my head thinking someone would go for it.

    Please explain how this is fake?

  • Manuelodi1

    just as Bruce replied I’m in shock that you able to make $6335 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read this site(Click on menu Home more information) http://goo.gl/4W2ze

  • mr_bee

    So it has a label right on the back that says it’s illegal to sell it, but the person is offering it for sale on eBay?

    This is why we rarely used to see items like this before. People *used* to follow the law sometimes. :-/

  • Ally Georgiton

    As far as buying/saving on eBay goes:

    If you have a question about an item, go to another of the seller’s listings and ask the question from there. This will add a bit of work for the seller, if they want to add your question and their answer to the item description page. Maybe other interested buyers will not bother to ask a question, instead just continuing to look for a similar item that already has the question answered in the item description.

    If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. If that doesn’t work, use a sniping service such as Bidball.com to bid for you. It’ll bid in the last few seconds, helping to save $ and avoid shill bidding.

    If there is a particular item that you want that is relatively rare on eBay or goes fast when one is listed, use ebuyersedge.com to set up a saved eBay search for it. You’d get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. You can use the price, category, exclude word, etc. filters to narrow down the results that you get in the e-mails. Excellent for “Buy It Now”s priced right.

    If the item that you’re looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like Typojoe.com to find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers may never see them.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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