to wonder if anyone has an old iphone 4/s they can give to a stranger?

(74 Posts)
SpencerPercival Sun 17-Nov-13 22:12:48
RTjoke Sun 17-Nov-13 22:16:21

They resell for approx £150 so it's sadly unlikely that anyone would give one away.

SpencerPercival Sun 17-Nov-13 22:19:07

oh boo

really? still that much?

ImperialBlether Sun 17-Nov-13 22:29:23

I've just checked on Ebay here and they are still really expensive, OP - I'm sorry but I don't think anyone will be giving it away.

minibmw2010 Sun 17-Nov-13 22:30:55

It's still a very current relatively new phone, nice idea but I doubt anyone could/would help

MrsDrRanj Sun 17-Nov-13 22:32:39

This has made me suspicious tbh hmm

nipersvest Sun 17-Nov-13 22:37:23

is there such a thing as an 'old' iphone 4??

haven't even got a smart phone myself so sorry but i think it's a bit naive to start a thread asking for a free one hmm

Belize Sun 17-Nov-13 22:39:34

I must admit I thought 'old' iPhone 4s! That's my current phone and not due for an upgrade for a year!

Sure I have an old HTC Desire down the back of the sofa somewhere though...

trixymalixy Sun 17-Nov-13 22:39:46

hmm My current phone is an iPhone 4. I don't consider it an old phone that I'd be likely to just give away. Far too expensive.

Gossipmonster Sun 17-Nov-13 22:39:52

Suspicious about what?

Why has the OP linked my OP?

nipersvest Sun 17-Nov-13 22:42:09

i think it was meant with good intentions, to help, but on reflection, probably not a good idea.

I think the op was trying to do a nice thing but should have asked gossip if she minded.

Iphone4 is still a very current phone.

valiumredhead Sun 17-Nov-13 22:42:53

A poster has already offered on the other thread.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Sun 17-Nov-13 22:44:18

I can see what she means. I've had an iPhone 5 for over a year and it's just been upgraded to the 5s and the 5c so a 4 technically is an old model.

dickiedavisthunderthighs Sun 17-Nov-13 22:45:24

This is a bit daft OP, you might be best off reporting this thread for deletion. At no point was the OP from the other thread asking for a free phone so you're misrepresenting her.

Belize Sun 17-Nov-13 22:47:27

Bristles at thought of current lovely phone being regarded as 'old'!

RedPencils Sun 17-Nov-13 22:50:20

I've still got a 3GS. I dream of a 4s!!

Reality Sun 17-Nov-13 23:07:53

Don't we have a section entitled 'grasping scroungers'?

Post there.

Oh, hang on, no we don't.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 17-Nov-13 23:22:04

Even a broken iphone 4 can get you £70, doubt anyone will give it away.

ImperialBlether Sun 17-Nov-13 23:24:58

I've only just had mine! No way would I give it to anyone.

Onesleeptillwembley Sun 17-Nov-13 23:29:56

What a ridiculous OP. if it matters to you so much, you get them one, OP. do you know them?

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 17-Nov-13 23:30:31

I am loving my iphone 5c after the iphone went for a swim.

tiktok Sun 17-Nov-13 23:34:18

This is a mean spirited thread. The OP in the other thread was only asking advice on unlocking, and she was not dropping hints, either.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sun 17-Nov-13 23:43:54

Agree tiktok

spencer - I am sure that you were only trying to do a kind thing but, with the greatest of respect, if you want to play Big Hearted Arthur, you should arrange by way of PM (i.e off board) to either buy a new phone or send the OP the money. It's not really on to essentially start a thread demanding that was the tone that the rest of us stump up

There is an unfortunate very small minority who do seem to see MN as a bank and I think threads like this, whilst very well intentioned, feed that mentality

Joysmum Sun 17-Nov-13 23:49:59

Aw, you were only trying to be nice OP and I like your intentions.

fackinell Sun 17-Nov-13 23:55:37

Why are people picking on Spencer? I think it was a genuine attempt to help someone out.

Unfortunately, if it's ios7 and locked onto 'find my iPhone' there's little that can be done. It's a pisser for the person on the other thread but no need to bash someone for wanting to help. wink

SpencerPercival Mon 18-Nov-13 05:55:42

Christ. Sorry you nest of vipers. Was just hoping.
Felt sorry for the op in other thread.

To me yup iPhone 4 is old. Let's get wound up about that.hmm

claraschu Mon 18-Nov-13 06:52:28

Gosh there are some nasty people on here. OP is trying to do something nice for a stranger who has been shafted. What's wrong with that? She didn't demand anything; she just asked on the off chance.

There are definitely people in this world who have things like extra iphones which they can't be bothered to sell.

TEEurkeyDay Mon 18-Nov-13 06:57:55

No, an iPhone 4 is not old unless you have to have the latest everything.

OP was trying to be nice,though, I'm sure.

tiktok Mon 18-Nov-13 09:22:56

Sorry, Spencer - you posted in AIBU and for that reason I thought your OP was sarky smile

MrsBramleyApple Mon 18-Nov-13 09:31:12

I thought the OP had already been offered one on the original thread............ hmm

SaucyJack Mon 18-Nov-13 09:34:15

Yeah, and if anyone's got two going spare I'll have the other one.

gordyslovesheep Mon 18-Nov-13 09:38:32

It may be old but its a bit rich a. Doing this without asking gossipmonster and b. Expecting someone to hand over something worth over £100 to be honest

gossip I have just posted on your original thread

FutTheShuckUp Mon 18-Nov-13 10:59:00

My iPhone was stolen last December. I had to make do with a new sim in a tocco handset, nobody gave me another one

steppemum Mon 18-Nov-13 11:02:39

Spencer was just trying to be nice. Give her a break.

Gossipmonster Mon 18-Nov-13 16:13:05

It's cool the OP was only trying to be nice.

Thanks and thanks for all the other very kind PMs I have had.

Mumsnet is not a vipers den smile


Ummm NO

judgejudithjudy Mon 18-Nov-13 18:00:46

cant afford one myself let alone buy someones elses child one!

persimmon Mon 18-Nov-13 18:07:23

I think the OP was just trying to do something nice for someone else, maybe a bit impulsively..? I think it's sweet not grasping.

LEMisafucker Mon 18-Nov-13 18:12:03

I thought someone was giving the OP an iphone anway?

Was definately a lovely thought OP - I certainly have old phones laying around but sadly not an iphone.

LEMisafucker Mon 18-Nov-13 18:14:06

i can totally see why the OP is asking, it may well be that someone has an old phone festering in the drawer somewhere and the OP in the other thread was ripped off horribly and certainly did NOT post asking for a new phone, rather a way to sort out the one she bought.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Mon 18-Nov-13 18:27:46

iPhone 4 is old - still has some retail value but not everything is immediately compatible with it any longer.

I do think the OP was trying to do a nice thing and it's backfired somewhat. For one, my FIL (Inspector Gadget himself) has more than one 'old' iPhone stored away somewhere. He keeps trying to give one to 2yo DD...

Maryz Mon 18-Nov-13 18:33:30

I've just bought a new iPhone 4 for my 15 year old as a Christmas - and it isn't even an unlocked one because I couldn't afford that, so I have to pay a contract.

I have inherited an old iPhone 3 in return.

I wish an iPhone 4 was an "old phone" for me - judging by many of the phones my children's friends have it is old, but not for me.

What has happened on the other thread is really shitty sad and would put me off buying anything second hand ever.

ReluctantBeing Mon 18-Nov-13 18:43:37

I'm shocked at someone asking for an iPhone,even if they have been scammed. If she gets offered a few, each of her kids can have one!

valiumredhead Mon 18-Nov-13 18:48:10

I think the OP was trying to help. I'd love an iPhone, it wouldn't be 'old' to me but I have friends who get frequent updates so I can quite see how some people would think you'd have one lying around.

Maryz Mon 18-Nov-13 18:55:31

No-one has asked for an iPhone for themselves or their children. The op of this thread was trying to help.

And it seems that some people do have iPhones lying around.

Monetbyhimself Mon 18-Nov-13 19:12:19

Strange title for an OP who claims she is trying to help. For a 'stranger' as opposed to 'for a little boy who'll be gutted about his pressie' ?

Not convinced about your motives for starting this thread tbh.

soverylucky Mon 18-Nov-13 19:17:35

my phone is one of those that doesn't even have a camera. you can text people and call people and I can set an alarm on it. I can't even do fancy ring tone things on. I haven't got a clue what 4g means. It is actually funny to me that people would consider an iphone 4 old and worth giving away when according to folk on here they can still fetch a lot of money second hand. some of us live in very different worlds to one another.

valiumredhead Mon 18-Nov-13 19:22:35

The OP links to the original thread which is about a little boy, the OP at no time asked for a phone for herself or asked for the phone to be sent to her.

To imply the OP is trying to scam people is horrible, if you really believe that then report to mnhq.

valiumredhead Mon 18-Nov-13 19:30:48

You don't have to live 'in a different world' to have a smart phone / iPhone, it depends what contract you have.Dh always has flashy phones, they give them to him at work. I have a great smart phone,I only pay 3.50 a week for it as I've been a virgin customer for years so got a great deal. I get an update in a couple of months so this one will be 'lying around' ds will be desperate for it!wink

SaucyJack Mon 18-Nov-13 19:43:17

Scam might be a strong word for it, but it's completely inappropriate to ask one stranger to essentially give another stranger £150 on the back of a thread about Christmas presents on a parenting forum.

If the OP cares that much, then she should give the kid her phone.

SaucyJack Mon 18-Nov-13 19:57:48

Although I've just done a search and unless I'm not using the search Talk Archives thing properly (which is entirely possible), the OP of this thread has only been posting for approx. a week.

valiumredhead Mon 18-Nov-13 20:09:35

Tbh that means nothing, the majority of posters NC more often than most people change their knickerswink I only don't as I can't work out how to!

Belize Mon 18-Nov-13 20:22:30

I change my name all the time and have been here for almost a decade, it doesn't really mean a thing. You would think I only joined two days ago if you did a search on me with this name.

Spencerpercival Mon 18-Nov-13 20:27:55

Hey guys. I felt sad for the op. People change phones. I didn't realise they still sell for so much. I have a contract and am not very au fait with phone stuff.

I messages the op earlier on today. It's no biggie - how this has become a matter of intrigue is beyond me!

Spencerpercival Mon 18-Nov-13 20:29:09

And after being accused of selling fake topshop jeans earlier this week I am WOUNDED ;)

toffeesponge Mon 18-Nov-13 20:32:56

What does HCT stand for?

dexter73 Tue 19-Nov-13 07:53:39

HTC is a make of phone.

dexter73 Tue 19-Nov-13 07:55:45

Spencer - are you going to be at the car boot on Sunday with all your knock-off clothes and old phones?wink

Monetbyhimself Tue 19-Nov-13 09:31:59

I don't think it's a scam. I actually think it was intended as a dig at the OP of the other thread. A shit stirring thread if you like. And I think the OP of this thread is breathing a sigh of relief that so many people think it's a genuine attempt at Xmas goodwill and she's not being slated. Lucky escape OP wink

x2boys Tue 19-Nov-13 09:37:46

will people just give up now ffs the op thought she was helping stop slating her please!

wannaBe Tue 19-Nov-13 09:49:14

for those who would chuck their iPhones in a drawer without getting round to selling them (I previously would) it's worth noting that some shops will take your old phone in part exchange for a new one.

I upgraded my phone this weekend from an iPhone 4s to a 5S (actually my lovely dp paid to upgrade it for me as my phone is running out of space) and at the carphone warehouse they took my 4S in part exchange and gave me £130 for it which offset nicely against my 5S which essentially then only cost £25, for a 64 gb phone. so worth bearing that in mind.

ICameOnTheJitney Tue 19-Nov-13 09:49:17

I thought the OP on the other thread was offered separate people? She's a regular poster anyway...and the ones offered needed repairs. This is stupid thread.

toffeesponge Tue 19-Nov-13 20:03:55

Thank you dexter73.

SpencerPercival Tue 19-Nov-13 20:08:33

FOR FUCKS SAKE! i have explained twenty million TIMES!!


SpencerPercival Tue 19-Nov-13 20:09:08

LOL at dexters car boot.

ew no


SpencerPercival Tue 19-Nov-13 20:09:36

you really are an old cow

SpencerPercival Tue 19-Nov-13 20:12:59

So thats it
I am now hiding this thread as its giving me an itch.

NoComet Tue 19-Nov-13 20:16:32

This one has another years contract to run and is not even a teen ager yet!

Monetbyhimself Tue 19-Nov-13 22:54:56


Monetbyhimself Tue 19-Nov-13 22:56:07

And less of the old sad

foreverondiet Tue 19-Nov-13 23:36:47

I actually think it's amazing that when an iPhone is locked into find my iPhone it's essentially useless. Sadly some criminals will find way around but sounds like the op bought stolen goods. Let this be a warning - only buy second hand iPhones from trusted sources. Presume if you bought from eBay could leave bad feedback - gumtree less well regulated so that's a lesson!

BornThisCrazy Tue 19-Nov-13 23:46:06

I am sure OP was trying to do a good deed, stop being so hard in her.

Not everyone is aware what the latest phones are, so she may not be clued up about iphone 4 not being that 'old'. Give her a break.

Op,I think people may be a little touchy with it being so close to x-mas and many of us broke! wink

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