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Hi All,

I dropped my 1st gen iPhone in the snow on my last ski trip and it is slowly but surely losing its features. I know I have some serious water damage because meaningless tasks like turning the phone off and on causes serious issues. I am fine with this and understand it is time for a new phone.

So, I am trying to decide what to do. I have a couple questions.

1.) If I buy a 1st gen, unopened iPhone on Craigslist, Ebay, etc. can I just swap out my SIM card like another phone and be good to go after 'Activating' via iTunes? Will I encounter any issues later with updates etc?

2.) If I buy a 1st gen, opened iPhone that someone has used/Activated and then pop in my SIM card, will I be good to go if I do the same as question 1? If not, why? Is 'Activation' more than activation of the SIM card?

3.) If I buy a 3G iPhone online, and then I take it home and open it up, how can i keep my old number? Also, if I upgrade to 3G contract via ATT will there be any issues using a 3G iphone online for this? again, if I buy a used one, are there any things I should be aware of?

4.) Also, if I buy a 'Jailbroken' iPhone I can Restore it in iTunes and it will be like new right? I'll still be able to update and everything via apple?

5.) I should avoid phones selling with 'Unlocked' mentioned correct? You can't go back to factory once you have unlocked as I understand it.

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You can always restore it back to factory. I'd your on AT&T just don't worry about looking for an unlocked phone.

You should have no problem with syncing iTunes, just pop In your current sim and go
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Thanks!

Question, with 'unlocked' iPhones, should I be worried about anything with them? If i just sync it up and activate it through iTunes I won't have a problem using it or getting upgrades or keeping my current number?

Also, with 3G ones, can I just pop my sim card in and use a 3G one as 2G until I get the money to upgrade my contract?
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