Buying a 3GS as a gift, no contract?

Orlics

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Aug 24, 2009
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Hey all,

I don't know about the legality of this, but my father is asking me to buy my mom and my sister each an iPhone, and I'm willing to pay an unsubsidized price so they don't have to switch to AT&T (they are out of the country). Apple's website says this is possible (16gig for $599) but I can't seem to find that $599 3GS anywhere. Must I go through ebay/craigslist/etc?
 

alphaod

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Feb 9, 2008
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Do they live outside the country? If they do, it might not be a good idea to buy the iPhone in the United States seeing that it's locked to AT&T.
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Do they live outside the country? If they do, it might not be a good idea to buy the iPhone in the United States seeing that it's locked to AT&T.
My impression too is that the no-contract iPhones are still carrier locked. You can use Blackra1n or whatever, but it'll never be as simple as having one that's officially unlocked.
 

thelatinist

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Aug 15, 2009
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My impression too is that the no-contract iPhones are still carrier locked. You can use Blackra1n or whatever, but it'll never be as simple as having one that's officially unlocked.
I believe this is true. You also have to be aware that unlocking a new 3GS is no longer as simple as it was. The newest 3GS plugged the hole in iBoot that allowed an untethered jailbreak, so it is likely that soft unlocking any new 3GS you buy will result in a phone that cannot boot on its own without the help of a computer.
 

ouimetnick

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Aug 28, 2008
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When you pay full price for an iphone in the US, You get the same phone that regular people paying $99, $199, and $299 do. You just pay more to get it w/o a contract with AT&T. Too bad its still locked to AT&T.
 

Night Spring

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Jul 17, 2008
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Also, Apple's warranty is only good in the country where the device is purchased. So if you buy an iPhone in US and give it to somebody who lives outside the US, and something were to go wrong, they would have to send it back to US for repair/replacement.
 
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