Buy iPhone 3Gs in the US without Social Security-number?

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  1. egilaslak macrumors newbie

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    Hi there!
    I'm an international student that need an american phone number. And I want to buy an iPhone. The problem is that I don't have a social securitynumber, wich you supposedly need in order to buy an iPhone. Is there any was of coming around this?

    (Without buying a hacked one at ebay and having to mess around with jailbreak an all that.)
     
  2. Goodeye macrumors 6502a

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    Well if you buy one jailbroken. When you get it you can always do a restore on it. That will then restore it without the jailbreak.
     
  3. egilaslak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But will I be able to activate it through iTunes then?
     
  4. bobthecat23 macrumors member

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    I think California is one of the only states that doesn't require a social security number to get a cellphone.
     
  5. iCantwait macrumors 65816

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    How about an official unlock from countries such as australia, about us$700~ on ebay australia
     
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    I am assuming you have a Visa or some thing else they could run. That may be all they need. Just go to the store and ask
     
  7. Mengels7 macrumors regular

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    I'm in NY and work indirectly for Verizon and if you bitch and moan enough to them, they will sign you up without a SSN.
     
  8. sevimli macrumors 6502a

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    Just go and buy contract free unsubsidized priced iphone 3gs and then grab a Tmobile togo card. That's it! :cool:
     
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    It's complicated and requires a letter from your college's International Office. (I know because I am an international student also). You do that if you don't have a SSN. You might also have to leave a deposit with them.

    However, if you get a student working position in your college, you can apply for a SSN and the Social Security Office will give you one. This way you can pay taxes on your income.

    However, because its a new SSN, you will have no credit. That means that when AT&T runs a credit check, you will have to leave some amount of deposit. [I left $150, but I have heard of deposits going as high as $500] You get that deposit back after a year of being with AT&T and having paid all your bills.

    Hope it helps.
     
  10. egilaslak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi there, and thanks for many good suggestions. Unbelievable that it's so difficult to get this phone, but here's some more facts. I'm only staying this semester, and leaving a deposit sounds a bit messy.

    I live in Berkeley, California, and the best would just to get a unsubsidized iPhone that would be guaranteed to work with 3G, GPS, etc. Would that work if I ordered some iPhone off eBay? There is an activation prosess involved, and that's the one I'm most worried about.
     
  11. jacobgaul macrumors regular

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    its not hard to get this phone.. walk into an apple store and pay $600 or $700 depending on the GB size you want and it will work just fine.
     
  12. egilaslak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The Apple Store wasn't really keen so sell me one, so they sendt me to AT&T. Which said I should buy it online, and then get a AT&T service. Then I vent to Verizon that told me they did not have SIM-cards _at all_, and that I should choose T-mobile instead, since they are cheaper. So now I'm looking for an unlocked iPhone 32GBs. Or is it easy to unlock? And get it registered with this iTunes-registration?
     
  13. egilaslak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyone? Especially wondering about the iTunes-activation here. That seems iffy if you have an unlocked iPhone, doesen't it?
     
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Do what I told you earlier if you want an iPhone. Get a letter, go to AT&T and ask for a 1 year contract or 2 year. Once you leave the US, just pay the ETF.
     
  15. egilaslak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried, but they said it wasn't possible. But if you confirm it, it's probably just complicated for them. Do you know what kind of letter I should ask my International Department for?
     
  16. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    A letter that says you are an International Student in the US and don't have a Social Security Number. Also, the letter has to say that you are the person and that the University has records of you. Showing AT&T your college ID is a good idea. Basically that's it.
     
  17. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Have you talked to a manager at the AT&T store? I've found that often what people on the sales floor tell me is impossible is really just something they don't know how to do.
     
  18. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    That's how I got my prepaid phone, then when the iPhone came out I got it.
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You can sign up, but you need to pay a deposit. Usually it's $500; this deposit is not credited when you pay bills or anything. It is simply returned to you in the form of check after 1 year into your contract.

    Even in this scenario, you can buy at the $199/$299 price points.
     
  20. egilaslak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Today I went to a different AT&T-store (The one in Berkeley) and he set me up right away. I said I had all papers neccessary (wich I did) but I only had to show my passport. Paid a $500 deposit, of wich I will lose 175 as I do not return the phone. It's apparantly important who's helping you in the shop.
     
  21. perdefinition macrumors newbie

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    1 year contract?

    egilaslak,

    What options did AT&T give you regarding binding times? I'm an international student moving to San Diego next week, and I'd like to get an iPhone with a contract. I will be staying one year, but as I've understood it you can only get the iPhone with a 2 year contract? What did you get?

    Thanks
     

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