Are the eBay iPhones really "unlocked"?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jdylan, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. jdylan macrumors regular


    Dec 31, 2006
    Bagram, Afghanistan
    I mean, I see a headline claiming a Brazilian company has unlocked the 3G iPhone, and that they are the first, but eBay is flooded with "unlocked" 3G iPhones. Are they really unlocked, or just full of BS?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The Brazilians are using TurboSIMs, if anything, but if it's a first-gen iPhone on eBay, it could very well be unlocked. If not, it's a simple process.

    The 3Gs, unless they come from Hong Kong or Belgium, are not unlocked yet.
  3. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    Some Australian/European carriers sell them unlocked for about $1000US, it's possible they got them from there. There is currently no software unlock for the 3G (the dev team said their unlock doesn't work on the 3G) and the Brazilian folks have a hardware unlock, TurboSIM.
  4. huskerwr38 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2008
    in some countries, the law prohibits companies from locking phones.

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