Any reason not to buy an old iPhone 4?

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  1. bluedroog

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    A friend had their 4S stolen and wants to replace it, would rather not get locked in to a new expensive contract so is looking for a cheaper used handset to replace it.

    We've been offered an old 4 from a known person, it is still locked and is just the handset and the back has a crack but apart from that it is in decent condition, is £80 a fair price?

    Obviously the software updates but I'm not sure how long old phones are supported by Apple for full use, is there any reason to avoid it?

    Also is is capable to do FaceTime calls as this is important?

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    It will be really slow on ios 7. Only 5 and 5s run ok with ios 7.
     
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    Yep ios 7 is slow on my other halfs 4 - but not completely unusable slow, just annoying slow (especially when I'm used to my iphone 5)

    FaceTime works on the 4 but only over wifi, not over cellular
     
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    Don't do it, I have an iphone 4 and as soon as it was updated to ios7 is became next to useless. Ios7.1 improved it a bit but I still wouldn't recommend buying it, it's still a very frustrating experience.

    The 4s is the minimum requirement for ios7 imo.
     
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    I used iphone4 for 3 years and now using iphone5s, iphone4 performance was better with old software however when i upgraded to IOS7 the performance was so bad. You have to upgrade the OS else most of the apps does not work.
     

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