What you need to know
- A USB-C iPhone is on sale on eBay right now.
- Bidding has passed $85,000.
- The device is a modded iPhone X 64GB that was created by an enthusiastic engineer.
A USB-C iPhone X made by an engineer is currently on sale on eBay, with bids up past $85,000.
Last month Ken Pillonel revealed an iPhone X he'd modified to include a USB-C port:
The device is now on sale on eBay, where it has racked up 144 bids and a current price tag of $85,550, which seems set to rise.
There are some conditions to buying it, however. The listing states that by bidding the purchaser agrees to not restore, update, or erase the phone, not to use it as a daily phone, and not to open it, presumably the phone and its internals, not the package that is.
The seller is even offering a 30-min call if the buyer has any questions. The auction went live on November 1, and things got out of hand from the get-go, with the first bid landing at $1,625. It climbed steadily up through $14,800 before someone else chimed in with $30,000 yesterday. It then jumped again from $33,8k to $40k, then $49k, then again from $60k to $65k, and $65k to $80k.
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