Pop over to eBay.com and you’ll find an auction for an “Apple iPhone 4 black APPLE GENUINE PROTOTYPE, TESTER”, supposedly a unit formerly used by an Apple employee. It has attracted 20 bids at the time of writing, and currently sits at $2,025. Free shipping, mind you.
The prototype iPhone 4 is sold without warranty, and the condition is described as: “For parts or not working”.
Specifically, the guy was unable to sync the phone with iTunes or activate it on AT&T. However, the Volume, Home and Sleep buttons all work, it vibrates, and the screen is “fully functional”.
When the seller was asked buy a potential bidder how he obtained the phone, he explained: “I am a licensed cell phone repairman, this iPhone was bought from a person who really didn't know who he had.
“He couldn't activate it so just simply wanted to sell it. This iPhone was bought as for parts only. As far as the legality part - phone was bought legally.”
Sadly, international shipping isn’t an option, so the prototype will go to a new home somewhere in the States. Dang.