Resolved Buy iPhone in the states, use in the EU?

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  1. MrFusion, Mar 25, 2011
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    MrFusion macrumors 6502a

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    I am visiting the US next month. Can I buy an iPhone (without contract) and use it in the EU? What would be the best place to buy an iPhone without contract? The apple store?

    Edit: ok. It doesn't seem possible. Thanks for the replies, everyone.
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You need to buy unlocked. Craigslist might get you some.

    Most new iPhone 4 are NOT unlocked and cannot be software unlocked at this time.
     
  3. Dualica macrumors member

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    Think about warranty too. European ones are generally better.
     
  4. MrFusion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Most, but not all? Is there a store that sells them unlocked right out of the gate?
     
  5. nyzwerewolf macrumors regular

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    nope. all the iPhone 4 in the US are tied to ATT/Verizon. You will not find a store that will sell you a factory unlocked iPhone 4 in the US.
     
  6. Consultant macrumors G5

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    All iPhone are sold locked in the US.

    Some earlier versions with specific set of firmware can be software unlocked (such as mine).
     
  7. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    Make a pit stop in Canada. There are unlocked iPhones sold here :)
     
  8. Apple 26.2, Mar 25, 2011
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    Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

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    Even if you were to buy one here in the States, for it to work in the EU, it would have to be the AT&T version (GSM) instead of the Verizon (CDMA)... but as has already been noted, it's locked, so it wouldn't do you any good either way.
     
  9. Mikey7c8 macrumors regular

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    This. (is your only option)
     

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