The iPhone is Apple's smartphone that redefined mobile phones in the same way as the iPod redefined the Walkman. Far more than just a phone, the iPhone is also an iPod (portable music & video player), web browser, email device, camera, HD video camera, handheld GPS with Google Maps, and by virtue of the 350,000 downloadable Apps (additional applications) available from Apple's App Store it can do pretty much anything else you'd ever want too!
The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are the current (latest) models replacing the iPhone 5 although the older iPhone 4S is still available new. All iPhones are very popular secondhand, particularly the iPhone 4 and 3GS which are now only available secondhand.
The iPhone has always been a great phone. From launch it wowed users with it's design and user interface, bringing all of Apple's flair and innovation to the mobile phone market. Each successive model has been a significant improvement on it's predecessors and the latest iPhone 5 is no exception - lighter, faster and thinner (but with a bigger screen) than the previous iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 represents the state of the art in mobile phones today.
There are two ways to buy an iPhone - as part of a contract with a network such as Vodafone or O2 (either directly from the network or through as reseller such as Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4 U or Dial A Phone) or to buy it outright and buy your phone service/SIM card separately. Amazon and eBay are good places to find cheap deals on iPhones for outright purchase. We have put together an iPhone price comparison page checking prices from all these sources to find the best deals for you.
Secondhand can be an attractive option, saving you the initial depreciation that happens as soon as you open the box, and if you buy a fairly new secondhand one, all the manufacturer's warranty will still be in place so you will be fully covered in the event of any faults. If you're prepared to go slightly older, you can often pick up some real bargains with last year's model going for a fraction of it's original price. eBay is of course one of the best places to find secondhand iPhone bargains and we have created a page that searches eBay for you to find the best deals. Our unique filtering system trawls through the eBay database selecting only the most relevant offers and best deals to save you time.
The price of goods at auctions is not fixed - it depends upon how much people are prepared to bid and that's why you can pick up some great deals on both new and used iPhones at auction. To give you an idea of what you might pay, here are some completed items so you can see what price they went for:
In the USA, the iPhone 4 comes in two different versions - the original AT&T iPhone 4 and the new (February 2011) Verizon version of the iPhone 4.These phones have different chipsets inside because of the different technologies used by these two carriers (Verizon use CDMA and AT&T use GSM) and are therefore not interchangeable. Be careful if you import an iPhone from the US!
For a very detailed look at the iPhone, the different models, technology and development, take a look at this great Wikipedia article on the iPhone.