TS4036 My initial backup to iCloud  for my iPhone 3G is taking so long. I would like to use my phone, but am afraid to stop the backup process. Going on 16 hours.

My backup to iCloud seems to be taking so long, I don't even have any confidence that it is working. Going on 16 hours. I want to use my phone, but it says if I stop it will return my phone to initial state. Do I lose all my apps?

Welcome to the Apple Community.
The first back up to iCloud may take some considerable time. Just how long isn't really possible to say without knowing how much is in your back up and your connection speed.
What many people don't realise is that upload speeds are often significantly less than download speeds, so for example a user may have a download speed of 40 Mbps, but only 1 Mbps for uploading. As a rough guide it will take around 2 ¼ hours to upload 1 GB of data at 1 Mbps.

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