No Contract Iphone 4 -USA

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mikhail25, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,
    My friend is now in USA and she was trying to buy me a no contract Iphone 4 (Im from Finland, where Iphone 4 is much more expensive) but the salesman in the Apple store told her that it's not possible to buy non-sim-locked phone.. Is this true?
    I thought Iphone 4 was already available in USA without any contract-deals...

    Any idea what's the most convenient way of finding an Iphone 4 without any contracts or 'locks' in Las Vegas ?

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Yup unfortunately, that is true. In the US, you can only buy a (gsm) iPhone that's locked to AT&T. Your friend could try and find one on craigslist on an older baseband (hence unlockable via software) or buy one that's locked and use the gevey sim (assuming 112 is not an actual emergency number in Finland). Other than that, you're out of luck.

    You can buy unlocked iPhones in Canada though.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    the only way is ebay which i think your friend cant use. i suggest to buy it from your neighbor countries like Germany,France,Italy or the cheapest on UK.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    Just to avoid any confusion:

    I don't know how it works in Finland, but in the USA, the notion of a contract-free phone and an SIM-unlocked phone are two completely separate things.

    You often can buy a GSM iPhone in the USA without committing to any fixed-term contract. However, despite the fact that you didn't commit yourself to any service contract, the phone itself will still be SIM-locked to, and will only work with, AT&T.

    Furthermore, you can bring your own phone to AT&T, and if you opt for a promotional price plan, you can end up locked in a fixed-term contract even though the phone itself might technically be unlocked for use on any network.

    The contract-free status applies to the customer, not the phone; the SIM-unlocked status applies to the phone, not the customer.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Simple solution.

    Step 1
    Get a PayPal account.

    Step 2
    Get an eBay account.

    Step 3
    Search "Factory unlocked iPhone 4". Also type how many GB you want(32 or 16). Sometimes the person on eBay will accept a card transfer, but PayPal is safest.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8G4 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Simple solution.

    Step 1
    Get a PayPal account.

    Step 2
    Get an eBay account.

    Step 3
    Search "Factory unlocked iPhone 4". Also type how many GB you want(32 or 16). Sometimes the person on eBay will accept a card transfer, but PayPal is safest.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8G4 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Oops, sorry for double post guys.
     
  8. macrumors Nehalem

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    All US gsm iPhones are locked to AT&T even if bought full price off contract. It won't work in Finland.
     
  9. macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Why how much do they go for in Finland as I can see you spending a lot of extra $ trying to just find one that is unlocked also you have a warranty issue to consider if you by a hacked or jailbroken phone out of your country?

    I wish they sold Unlocked phones in the US this way when I go out of the country I can just buy a sim card and not have to lug around another phone or pay for high charges for using a US phone outside the USA.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

    #10
    I agree to buy from ebay... sometime you can find a good one.
    Or you can buy from UK online store.
    Some of them sell the unlock iPhone 4...
    I feel pretty safe when buy some high value goods from UK store.
    But you have to ask more clear about the shipping information before buy.

    good luck.:cool:
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    iPhone from Apple has revolutionized the world of smart phones. There are very few products today which can compete with an iPhone on the basis of its applications and technology.If you want best international sim card, I'm recommending you to use holidayphone prepaid sim cards. Because it is very cheap and best in all aspect of services.
     
  12. iphoneclassic, Sep 27, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012

    macrumors 6502

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    Removed response. Didn't notice it is a very old thread. Thanks for pointing it out.
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    I have a factory unlocked AT&T iPhone 4 32gb black for sale if you're still interested pm me.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    #14

    This thread that is 1 1/2 years old. The person you responded to only posted once in his/her life on this forum over a year ago, so why did you respond at all since this person has not been back for over a year ? Just had to ask. :confused:
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    Hahaha didn't look at the date! Or the poster background. Ah well trying to stay awake in class.
     

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