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08-20-2009, 11:27 PM #21
Wouldn't it be nice if it were that easy???The only thing that threatens my humanity... is, none other than, reality.
08-20-2009, 11:28 PM #22
Nothing new here !
I bought a 3G iPhone for 0,10 Euro in France (with extra points from a friend's payement plan) and got it officially unlocked for 100 Euro !
All the rest is rip off !
08-20-2009, 11:36 PM #23
I had no idea u could buy a factory unlocked phone does this mean no matter what updates occur in iTunes it will not have u start from scratch?
08-20-2009, 11:49 PM #24
I bet apple would sell more iphones if it was universal unlocked than have it exclusive to att. I wonder if apple realize this.
08-21-2009, 12:09 AM #25
1. Apple wants certain features with all their iPhones which they can't control if they can't pick which carriers support it. The two most notable are:
a- Data Package (Preferably Unlimited)
b- Visual Voicemail
The first one is doable, even if it isn't unlimited, most carriers have a data plan of sorts. The second one is a bit more complicated because not all carriers support this. More are adopting it now thank to the iPhone but had the iPhone been unlocked from the go, none of the carriers would have any incentive to support it considering the big infrastructure changed this meant.
Let's not forget, Apple approached VERIZON first to be the iPhone's carrier demanding those things. Verizon said no to visual voicemail so Apple went to AT&T. Like those of you in Verizon asking for the iPhone, I'd email customer services asking WTF were they thinking saying no to it.
A universally unlocked iPhone would be nice but it would be missing some features people take for granted.
08-21-2009, 12:31 AM #26
I am not sure why this is such a big deal, being old news and all. What is the problem with jailbreaking and unlocking with the current methods? Too hard for most? Too time consuming?
08-21-2009, 12:33 AM #27
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u can do this with att in the us i live in el paso tx and i originally wanted to exchange my iphone due to the screen had a dead spot so i echanged and everything when i got the new one back i tried to put my att sim since im a loyal customer and it wouldnt read it so i called apple tech support and i had to get transphered to a superviser since i had just exchanged out my iphone so i told him it was not reading my sim i never said att sim and he asked "did your carrier unlock it for you" me thinking quickly responded yes they did i thought the unlock would transpher to this new iphone he put me on hold for about 2 min and when he came back he asked me for an IMEI number i acted dumb and asked where do i get it he talked me throught it and once he had it he put me on hold once again and 5 min later he said "can you please connect your iphone to itunes "i did and that same carrier update poped up i installed it and viola it was officially unlocked so what did i do...well i sold it on ebay for 800 bucks if u need help just message me and ill help u out thank me if this helped
08-21-2009, 12:36 AM #28yeah right
Dude this method was possible only because he paid off all 2 years contract and because Sonera had this option.
So, it's not an universal method of unlocking!
08-21-2009, 12:44 AM #29
As long as you told att you weren't cancelling their contract, you were just going to another country and need the phone to be unlocked so you can use it in places att doesn't have roaming. If your a loyal customer, and had an att phone before the iphone, they SHOULD unlock it... they don't have to, but they have the ability, you just have to convince them.The only thing I ask in return for helping, is that you click the thanks button, Thanks!
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08-21-2009, 12:49 AM #30Aussie Love
That's the exact screen you get when you buy an unlocked iPhone from Apple Australia.
This happens worldwide. i.e you can sell the phones world wide and simply plug it into iTunes and you will get this screen, USA, Qatar, Ireland etc
08-21-2009, 01:06 AM #31
Never had to worry bout that, all my iPhones are factory unlocked lol but this can lead to something!!
08-21-2009, 01:20 AM #32
Guys, I agree this is not news.
Factory unlocked iPhone are sold in Hong Kong through authorized Apple resellers, Apple official carrier partner (3 HK) in Hong Kong and Apple Online Store HK since the iPhone 3G and in Apple Online Store Australia/New Zealand since iPhone 3GS.
In many countries like Finland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and Taiwan, Apple official carrier partner can unlock iPhones, but those are done as explained earlier in this thread, where the carrier send Apple the iPhone's IMEI number then Apple unlock the said iPhone through iTunes. This method of unlocking is usually valid for carriers within the country that the phone is unlocked in.No Sig Spam
08-21-2009, 01:22 AM #33
haha wow thats nuts i never wouldve guessed.
i figured apple wouldve left you SOL once someones contract finished
good to know they can officially unlock it for u
not that we need it here
08-21-2009, 01:26 AM #34I bet apple would sell more iphones if it was universal unlocked than have it exclusive to att. I wonder if apple
08-21-2009, 01:41 AM #35
Can apple install me cydia please?? would be very kind!
08-21-2009, 01:46 AM #36
the only 2 reason the iphone is locked in the US is that apple wanted full control which ATT was offering and they wanted to make a gsm phone so it would work world wide (T-Mobile is to small in the US)
Another reason (world wide) is that if it was universally unlocked then they could not add the rebate and phones would cost over $700
08-21-2009, 01:57 AM #37
Hehe.. Lookie here > Its here! - Erodov
Got the same screen when I activated my iPhone 3GS on my carrier Vodafone IN.
The phone was from Australia, and definitely locked to one of the carriers (because I was 100% aware that the Unlocked ones from Apple's Online Store were Out of Stock.
I think Apple has removed the necessity to submit the IMEI, Serial No. etc. for the phone's on carriers who "can" unlock it for you.
It happens automatically now when you switch the carrier.
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08-21-2009, 02:16 AM #38
I'm still waiting for the Official Apple iPhone Jailbreak .
08-21-2009, 02:22 AM #39
Of course anywhere but the U.S. would get all the good firstname.lastname@example.orgGB iPod Classic
8GB 2G - Firmware 2.2.1 PWN'D
8GB 3G - Firmware 3.0 PWN'D
16GB 3G S - Firmware 3.0 Ra1n'n Purple
64GB iPad 3G - Spirit'd
32GB iPhone 4
08-21-2009, 02:27 AM #40
The same thing applies to iphones bought in Poland from Era. Actually Era unlocks all phones(including iphones) from the beginning of the year.