Either there are some really good counterfeits out there, or Apple is having serious problems holding onto their prototypes. In the past few weeks we’ve seen multiple snapshots of different unreleased iPhone models in the wild.

We saw the video of one running an unreleased version of iOS from Vietnam and then a gallery of snapshots of another on BGR. Now, 9to5Mac has discovered another prototype making its way around the internet. This time, the source is eBay, and their not just offering leaked photos, their offering the whole phone…

The person who posted the auction, ticiamattia23, titled the listing, ‘Collectible White iPhone 4 (Executive Version) Prototype.’ While he does have a feedback score of 100%, he has only been graded on 3 transactions. What might be even crazier than the auction itself is the starting price, $2000. And someone has already bid on it.

“Hello! I have a mint condition Executive iPhone 4 that has not been introduced to the public. The phone has no Serial number written on the back. It shows XXGB and Serial Number shows XXXXXXXXXX. You have to go through the settings in order to view the SN. The number shown in the display says 8801401JFRY (I believe that the phone belongs to an Apple Developer by the name of Jeffrey.)”

The phone certainly looks authentic, Ticiamattia23 posted multiple photos of the device and screen shots of the About window in iOS. It appears to be a 16GB model running iOS 4.3.1.

While the phone appears to be legit, the poster doesn’t mention how he came by the device. It’s also kind of odd that the listing is in Computers & Networking > Other. Typically, iPhones are posted in the Cell Phones & Smartphones category.

What’s even more disturbing is that the same eBay user has bid on the device three times. Also, it’s really not cool that the seller mentioned the Apple developer he got the device from in the product description. Take this one with a grain of salt, folks.

I have to admit, it’d be cool to own a white iPhone prototype after all of the trouble it caused. I’m wondering what type of insides this mystery phone has. Does it have the A5? Will the phone that Apple releases on Wednesday have upgraded hardware? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

What do you think? Would you bid $2000+ on such a mysterious part of Apple’s history?

  • Funked

    Personally I’d never buy it.For all we know, it could be a regular iPhone 4 with a white conversion kit. And maybe it’s jailbroke, which is why he was able to edit the serial number in the Settings.app etc. Who knows, would be cool if it was the real deal. I’d laugh if it was “Jeffrey” betting on it, trying to save his ass from Steve 😛

  • mike

    the same ebay user has not bid on it 3 times. if the max price is higher than someones bid their bid automatically cancels until someone bids higher than the max price set by the original bidder. But since the bidders do have a score of 0 is completly shady.

    • MrA

      Yah. I was confused at first when I read the article, but your post cleared it up for me, thanks!

  • Alastion

    From past experiences i have learnt never to trust eBay, but still it looks nice

  • Igeek

    Wouldnt even buy it… Some dumb person will buy it

  • sOleFresh

    screen size doesnt look any different than the i4.but not really much to compare it to. personally wouldnt trust it

  • Maybe if it was going for $200 but..ya thats not likely…but someone is gonna have a scolding over at apple for sure.

    • XepptizZ

      So for you an exclusive prototype is worth less than the original? Your definitly not a fanboy, which is good come to think of it.

      But no im not in the market for those items either.

  • Marc

    Mmm, three bids by a zero feedback bidder within 30 seconds of each other..?
    You really don’t need to be Einstein to work this one out. Remember what the FBI did to Jason Chen?, I would avoid this like herpes.

    • Young Money

      Herpes isn’t the worst thing. I’ve been w some really hot girls that have it and I never caught it. Worth the risk

      • MrA


  • Rick
  • who gives a shit white iphone 4’s are shipping already

  • This listing (110675987687) has been removed, or this item is not available. Either a fake or the seller has no balls.

  • maybe Apple got wind of it and demanded it back. You think Apple has an intimidation team that they send to people’s houses?