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First- and Second-Generation iPhones Soon Unsupported by Apple

Would You Buy a Phone That Wasn't Supported?

Included in the iPhone OS 4.0 announcement was the fact that upgraded software would only be available to customers with the iPhone 3GS — not iPhone 3G or original iPhone users. The older models just couldn't handle all of the OS 4.0 functionality, including multitasking. Additionally, Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained that Apple would no longer be supporting first- and second-generation iPhones.

While first-gen iPhones are no longer sold in stores, some estimates say that one-third of these (and second-gen) phones are still in use. That means there are nearly 2 million iPhones that will soon be unsupported by Apple.

Most people I know who upgrade to more recent versions of the iPhone hold onto their original as a backup or give it to a friend or family member to use. And if you really want an iPhone but find yourself on a budget, the thought of a $50 refurbished 8G iPhone 3G is quite tempting. But would you spend money on a device that either wasn't supported or couldn't handle all of the latest software updates?

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sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
No and that's probably what Apple is betting on.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Boo, I have a 3G and I could really use multitasking...
millarci millarci 7 years
As much as I love Apple, they find every single sneaky way to get you to buy the upgrade. This has to be the worse. I still have my iPhone 3G and I'm not sure when I'm upgrading (or can afford to). Now they plan on taking away updates to the older models which means I will probably now have to buy the upgrade. Thanks Apple. Grrr...
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 7 years
I don't know how I feel about that. I don't know if I would continue to buy apple products if they decide not to support their own goods. How would I know they won't do this to a phone/ipod/etc in the future? Plus I can imagine all the people now getting rid of their old phones and all the useless waste that comes with that. Recycling is good, but to keep reusing something is better.
KateAthens KateAthens 7 years
Ofc i would. Not that multitasking make that much difference or that OS4 is something entirely different its just an upgrade. There's not one single application that dont run on original iphone as well so far. I would like to give one old one to my sister or mother so we can use ping! messaging.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
I dunno...If I had an Iphone, I probably would soon-ish. It kinda sucks a new Iphone 'something' comes out every 4 months, it seems. But, guess you have to draw the line somewhere.
Morokea Morokea 7 years
"Included in the iPhone OS 3.0 announcement" 4.0, right? It's too bad that support is being dropped. I gave my old iPhone original to my cousin when I got a 3G, now he and the other 3G- users may need to think about upgrading...
thecolor thecolor 7 years
I feel that I'm technically inclined enough to get it to do what I want to. Then, I'll move on to bigger better.
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