Bringing back an iPhone to the UK

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

  1. Nye macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2007
    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 ( 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


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    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


    Jun 2, 2007
  4. zwida macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2001
    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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