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Apple’s iPhone 3GS is making a comeback in South Korea

by Danny Zepeda | June 15, 2018June 15, 2018 12:00 pm PST

Apple released the iPhone 3GS back in 2009 and though it is now nearly a decade old, it’s making a comeback in South Korea. The reason for this is actually quite comical. According to VentureBeat, South Korean carrier SK Telink stumbled upon an unsold amount of devices in a warehouse and decided to begin selling the device again.

SK Telink is going to start selling the iPhone 3GS for 44,000 won, or just about $41. With the phones being nine years old, the carrier is planning on testing every available device to see if the battery is still usable after which it will repackage the phones for sale.

It’s a neat story but it might be more work to use the iPhone 3GS than is worth it. The phone runs on a slower 3G network, has a severely outdated processor and is capped out with iOS 6.1.6, which means it won’t be able to take advantage of the last five years of updates Apple has pushed out.

Beyond that, you’ll be treated to a 3.5-inch display (320p resolution), 256MB of RAM and a 3MP camera. But look on the bright side, you’ll at least be treated to a headphone jack, a feature that has disappeared from most modern iPhones.

For $41, it might be worth picking up a working iPhone 3GS just for posterity, but as a daily driver, it might be more trouble than it’s worth.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...