Activate iphone in another country.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by leandromp, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. leandromp macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Hello everyone.
    I have a iPhone 3G with AT&T, of course, but im going to Dominican Republic for two weeks really soon and i would like to use my iPhone over there.
    Id investigated my situation, and id called Orange (thats one of the companies that has the iphone in my country) and they activate the phone for me.

    What can i do, when i come back if i decided to activated with that company?
    Is gonna be prepaid bdw.

  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Depends on what they do. If they unlock it for you then you can just put the ATT SIM back in the iPhone when you get back to the US.

    If they lock the iPhone to Orange then you are screwed unless ATT will help you out.

    I doubt one carrier can unlock a phone locked to another carrier.
  3. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    What you want to do is unlock the iPhone. then you can use the prepaid sim without a problem. Google around for instructions on the iPhone 3G unlock.
  4. TheSpecialist08 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
    Agreed. The unlock is the best route, if not, ATT will do nothing for you once you get back.
  5. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    Currently no iPhone service provider will officially unlock a SIM locked iPhone. A true unlocked phone is listed in the Apple iTunes Servers by it's IMEI. That's why there is no magic SIM unlock code that the sevice providers provide to you to perm unlock of the iPhone. (Not today).:mad:

    Check the great forum right here for the steps you will need to follow.

    Once you get back to the US, you can just restore your phone and it will be again be locked to AT&T or you can just stick you AT&T back in without any problems.


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