Bringing back an iPhone to the UK

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Nye, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. Nye macrumors newbie

    Nye

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    Hi all,

    Im going to NYC in a months time and I was wondering - if I bought an iPhone there and activated it via "DVD John's" Theory (http://nanocr.eu/2007/07/03/iphone-without-att/) therefore using it without calls,would

    -this be legal?
    -is it a waste of time and better to buy a 16GB ipod touch?
    -could apple update their systems and deactivate my iphone?
    -does this theory even work?

    I need your views, please!:)
     
  2. Applespider macrumors G4

    Applespider

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    Using it without calls? You're nuts. You'd be better off with the iPod Touch - buying that out there should save you £50 and there's no hacking, no worries not to mention 16GB rather than 8GB.

    Or, since you're not going for a month, wait and see if the UK iPhone is announced by then so you can make a proper call. I'm in the US in early October and I'm hanging off making buying decisions until there's more info.
     
  3. Nye thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nye

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  4. zwida macrumors 6502a

    zwida

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    I don't think it would be illegal. I just travelled to London with my iPhone (and an international roaming plan) and didn't have any issues coming through customs. It's not like you'll be illegally using the device; you'll be be using a very crippled device.

    I'm sure Apple could update the firmware to cripple any phone not activated through AT&T (or active on the network), but I can't see why they would. AT&T might want them to, but I don't think they have that kind of pull over Apple.

    All that said, you'll be able to buy a fully functioning iPhone in the UK very soon. Why not wait for the real deal? (I probably wouldn't be able to wait either, I'm just throwing it out there.)
     

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