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Apple posts original iPhone to iPhone 3G upgrade how-to

Apple has posted a new support article explaining how users can replace their original first-generation iPhone with an iPhone 3G using the same carrier. The article, titled “How to replace an original iPhone with an iPhone 3G,” says, “If you follow these steps to backup your original iPhone first, and then restore the backup to your iPhone 3G, your saved SMS messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings will be present on your iPhone 3G.” According to the six-step process, US-based iPhone customers will not need to swap the SIM cards from the original to the iPhone 3G, while users in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and France can use their original SIM with the new handset. Apple will launch the iPhone 3G in multiple countries worldwide on July 11.

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1G to 3G is mixing ‘G’s’.  Yes there’s only been the first generation of iPhone but the one that’s being introduced on the 11th of July is the second generation.  It will work on 3rd generation or “3G” networks.

Posted by Joseph Singer on July 7, 2008 at 11:32 AM (CDT)


Joseph Singer is correct. The original iPhone is considered 2.5G or 2.75G, not 1G. I know on iPods it is common to use 3G, 4G, etc., to designate generations, but the iPhone has never been referred to in “generations” by Apple, only “original” or “3G,” just like the new article this page links to.

Posted by Muero on July 7, 2008 at 12:09 PM (CDT)


Joseph, you make an excellent point insofar as the whole product labeling is concerned. I understand the logic behind calling the new device “iPhone 3G” but to be honest, Apple is pimping that facet of the product way too hard, especially since so many subscribers won’t actually realize the benefits of 3G coverage.

Then again, they can’t call the new device “iPhone 2.0” because that refers solely to the software update. I guess Apple should’ve just named it “iPhone: Return of the King” or “iPhone Strikes Back.”

Posted by Flippy Hambone on July 7, 2008 at 12:16 PM (CDT)


The title of the article has been updated.

For the record, I am completely clear on the fact that the iPhone 3G is technically the second generation of the iPhone, and that the original phone actually used what most consider to be 2.5G cellular technology. I was simply attempting to differentiate between the two in the shortest manner possible.

Posted by Charles Starrett on July 7, 2008 at 1:48 PM (CDT)


can you upgrade the original iphone to 3g??

Posted by Cyndi on December 14, 2009 at 6:43 PM (CST)


Yes, I am curious too. I received as a gift the original iphone (Feb 2011) and just found out it won’t work with my current plan (I’m using a 3g nokia)

So is there a way I can replace a chip, or something like that? Something to search for on ebay from Hong Kong for example?

Posted by itreeye on February 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM (CST)

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