How to buy the cheapest factory unlocked iPhone 3GS from eBay

White 32gb factory unlocked iPhone 3GS

Today I finally took a plunge and bought a white 32gb factory unlocked iPhone 3GS from eBay. However after I found many auctions and wanted to get the best price since I was about to spend $1,000 CAD. I noticed a couple of the Australian and Hong Kong sellers said to check out their auctions which were listed on their country’s respective eBay site. They claimed that eBay US was charging more fees, and in turn that’s why it was more expensive on the US site. Their claims are true. However I took their advice and took it a bit further to get my cheaper iPhone. I went on both eBay.com.hk and eBay.com.au and searched there (on eBay Hong Kong click on the English beta icon on the right hand side of the bar at the top). I don’t know why some eBay listings never trickle through to other eBay sites, since you can still view them through any eBay site if you just search for the auction number. However I found the cheapest one at the time on eBay Hong Kong. I saved about $20-$30 from the Australian counterpart. The Seller has 100% feedback and all buyers are extremely happy with his practices. In case you can not find his auctions here is one of the auction numbers, you can just paste it in the search bar in any eBay site and it will take you straight to it. Please note this is for the 32gb factory unlocked iPhone 3GS. The seller always has black in stock, but you must contact him for white. eBay Auction ID: 260474046905

8 thoughts on “How to buy the cheapest factory unlocked iPhone 3GS from eBay”

  1. Hey, Sorry I didn’t see this sooner, I would have been able to get you a very very good condition iphone 3g (not the s) for like a third of that!

    1. No Problem Mike, I wanted the 3gs, I couldn’t get it on contract here anyways because I had just started one back in December. If I bought it here it would have cost me around the same price anyways. However I wanted the factory unlocked model so I don’t have to deal with locking after an update.

  2. very true, hope your enjoying it. I brokedown and picked up the 3g shortly after my 2g died. Turns out 2 weeks later they announced the 3gs! I should have waited, oh well

    1. Hey Tom, I ended up buying it from the hong kong eBay site (eBay.com.hk) and it cost me 7,350 hkd with insured shipping. That came out to $1,053 CAD. If I was to get a locked one locally it would have cost about the same amount.

  3. What about the language and settings and such? And would a charger bought from Europe work with the iPhone? I was thinking of getting the 4..

    1. Yes, the language and settings would work no matter where you use it. As for the charger it would work, you might just have to buy an adaptor to make the plug work.

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