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  • Attention UK, France, Canada! Apple Confirms Unlocked SIM-Free iPhones



    It's been a big day of clarification for Apple. From clearing up rumors about an Apple Store app release with an actual Apple Store application, to setting the record straight on SIM-free iPhones being unlocked, Apple fans are getting plenty of answers today - unless, of course, you want to know exactly when your white iPhone 4 will be ready

    Today, Apple is confirming that the SIM-free iPhones sold in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France are, indeed, unlocked. Needless to say, these unlocked devices aren't locked in to any one provider - you know, like we're used to in the US. Available without contract and ready for use with any preferred carrier is a remarkably refreshing concept, isn't it?

    From Apple:

    When you purchase your iPhone from the Apple Online Store, you’ll get it commitment-free. So you can sign up for service with the carrier of your choice and change your carrier at any time.
    Here's the financial skinny, if you're not already familiar. The SIM free unlocked iPhone 4’s can be purchased for 499 (16GB), and 599 (32GB) in the UK. It'll run you €629 (16GB) or €739 (32GB) in France. And, lastly, expect to cough up $649 (16GB) or $749 (32GB) in Canada. As expected, the iPhone is substantially more expensive without a contract attached. "Carriers typically sell the iPhone with a contract that subsidizes the initial purchase price of the phone," reminds Apple on its FAQ page. "By purchasing your iPhone without a contract, you can use any SIM or micro-SIM card from a compatible carrier, including your current one."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Attention UK, France, Canada! Apple Confirms Unlocked SIM-Free iPhones started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 151 Comments
    1. Wrassle's Avatar
      Wrassle -
      Just a note to those USA'ians that are planning on popping over to Canada for their unlocked Iphone 4..

      The pre orders haven't been released here yet.

      We probably won't get them until Sept at the earliest. We can't even pre-order the 4g's yet, just put our name on a list to be notified that the pre-ordering is available.

      I suspect they did this specifically to combat cross border shopping.
    1. cultgti's Avatar
      cultgti -
      iPhone Unlock - 1 Click, 2min iPhone 3G/3GS Software Unlock guaranteed
      Any used thus place or have any history with them. I have always used Dev in the past. Thinking this maybe an option instead of Canadian iPhone.
    1. vartanarsen's Avatar
      vartanarsen -
      "#If I buy iPhone from this Apple Online Store, can I ship it to another country?

      No. Orders placed through this Apple Online Store can be shipped only within the country of purchase. You can also shop for friends and family in countries where iPhone is sold. Just visit the local store of the country where you want your products delivered. Or for fast, easy ordering and expert advice, just call an Apple Online Store specialist at 1-800-MY-APPLE."


      ok, so this is how i read this. Orders placed on THIS online store can be delivered only to country where its purchased........so, orders placed on THIS (Apple Canada) online store, can be delivered to the country (U.S.) where it is purchased (U.S. Computer where i am accessing Apple Canada online store)


      Does anyone else read this the way I am reading it? Free Delivery of F-unlocked iPhone to my doorstep in the U.S.?
    1. nebo1ss's Avatar
      nebo1ss -
      @vartanarsen
      You seem to have a serious problem with the English language. The country of purchase would be Canada. Dream on if you think they will ship to US.
    1. vartanarsen's Avatar
      vartanarsen -
      hi jlew, you know I am in the same issue except i live atlantic-side...Montreal is about 4 hours north from me. The only issue i can foresee is if I walk into the Laval Coureour Apple Store, whether they will gladly take my $6~~ Canadian Cash and give me the phone, or will they drill me about addresses and stuff..cause I dont have any addresses up there
    1. Wrassle's Avatar
      Wrassle -
      Vartensen;

      Unless you speak French, they won't drill you.. they probably won't even acknowledge your existance..

      That may be the giveaway if you try to purchase in QB.

      The worst they can say is No.
      and then you get a nice vacation in a wonderful city with lots of things to see and do!
    1. donstola's Avatar
      donstola -
      Quote Originally Posted by Robbyg View Post
      Apple will only let you order from your countries store mate

      I get anyone an unlocked phone from UK as i live there just throw me a little cash for my time i'm no scammer either.Just seems unfair for anyone who cant get one unlocked

      I can always do it through my ebay account and paypal so your safe
      I want a iphone 4g unlocked. i will give you 100 euro for your time. I just want it on launch date. I live in the United States..
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      do you want Euro or Quid?
    1. TrippleSinner's Avatar
      TrippleSinner -
      Im going to canada next month so you know what means, im getting a 32gb model fully unlocked. oh yeah...
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      is it known yet when the canadian iphone is supposed to drop? or just an estimate of time?...i didn't jump in on the preorder and now i'm thinking bout waiting for the white phone that's supposed to come late july...but if the canadian one is due say in august, i'd rather wait for that one...i'm bout 8-10 hours from the border and i've never been to canada, might be easier to find someone to buy it for me lol
    1. cultgti's Avatar
      cultgti -
      talked to apple store in canada and they indication that the unlocked phones may only be available on line so that way they are ONLY sold to locals and not us state side scum :-(
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      Quote Originally Posted by cultgti View Post
      talked to apple store in canada and they indication that the unlocked phones may only be available on line so that way they are ONLY sold to locals and not us state side scum :-(
      seriously....i guess i have to quick make some canadian friends....
    1. vartanarsen's Avatar
      vartanarsen -
      no, i also called Apple Store in Vancouver, and they said that its very possible they can have them at the store...bt he doesnt know, they dont tell the employees there. So noone can say for sure...
    1. risestar's Avatar
      risestar -
      Per the Free Trade Act, There is absolutely no duty on products imported from Canada that are originally made in the USA or a product of the USA, however be prepared to PROVE to US customs that it is actually made in the USA, IE: box, instructions etc that identify it as a US product. If you are unable to prove it, the duty is usually the same as a sales tax, 6.5-7%

      With the popularity of apple products, its likely you will not have difficulty proving it to be a US product
    1. vartanarsen's Avatar
      vartanarsen -
      When the customs agent asks you if you bought anything, just say you bought an Apple. You don't have to be more specific, and you are not lying. Agent could just think you bought the fruit.
    1. nebo1ss's Avatar
      nebo1ss -
      Quote Originally Posted by vartanarsen View Post
      When the customs agent asks you if you bought anything, just say you bought an Apple. You don't have to be more specific, and you are not lying. Agent could just think you bought the fruit.
      That is a good way to get yourself in a whole lot of trouble. It is illegal to import fruit into the USA.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by risestar View Post
      Per the Free Trade Act, There is absolutely no duty on products imported from Canada that are originally made in the USA or a product of the USA, however be prepared to PROVE to US customs that it is actually made in the USA, IE: box, instructions etc that identify it as a US product. If you are unable to prove it, the duty is usually the same as a sales tax, 6.5-7%

      With the popularity of apple products, its likely you will not have difficulty proving it to be a US product
      What does it mean 'or a product of the USA' - the iPhone is made in China.

      Not that it's a problem for me as Apple sell them unlocked here (not cheap mind you).
    1. risestar's Avatar
      risestar -
      A product of the USA is a product designed and distributed by a company that is headquartered in the USA. For example, an Iphone is a product of the USA, even though it manufactured in China, because Apple is a US company and is headquartered in the USA. On the back of your Iphone box it says "Designed by Apple Inc. in California"

      However, if you were importing say a Nokia product, it would trigger a duty because it is designed and manufactured outside the USA.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Thank you for clarifying.
      In which case no one should have to worry about duty when importing an unlocked iPhone from Canada to the USA
    1. cadsii's Avatar
      cadsii -
      [quote=cultgti;5293634]
      Quote Originally Posted by cadsii View Post
      here is how...

      lets just say the border people are not stupid, they know when a product like the ipad or iphone launches and in which country, and if you dont declare then bye bye iphone...

      i just grabbed a couple ipads on launch day in buffalo and declared them at the border, where the border guard told me that they've seized 22 iPads at that time of the day (6pm) because people were trying to smuggle them across without declaring them...

      SO what would the "duty" be on a 650$ phone?
      i paid 58$ on my 550$ ipad

      i say 68-70 ?

      anyways i have 8 people from here who want one and im gonna grab them all one assuming no one fucks me over ... launch should be in 2 weeks from my talking with the apple staff here