Buying an iPhone in USA - advice?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by karlwig, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. karlwig macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008

    I'm completely new to this forum, so my appologies if this question has been asked a lot before (which I'm sure it has, although I couldn't find anything through the search function).

    Here in Norway, iPhones are only sold through companies that import and unlock them, which therefore becomes quite expensive. However, my dad is travelling to Florida on vacation in a week, so I'm thinking about asking him to buy one for me there.

    I've read articles on how to unlock, and know people that can help me as well. However, is there anything I need to keep in mind while buying it in the US? Do I have to sign up for this AT&T deal regardless, and does this mean that I will have to pay fees for those 2 years (or whatever it is) even when unlocking it thus using a different (Norwegian) phone company?

    I'm curious about this. I know a lot of iPhones are imported, what do people do about the AT&T deal?

    I don't want my dad to run into any problems while picking up this phone for me, so it would be nice to know a little about this. Also, of course, I don't want to break the law or end up with two phone bills. So any advice/info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much,

  2. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    Hey Karl:

    Hope your father has a safe trip, and a lot of fun.

    All he needs to do is go into an ATT or Apple store, tell them he wants a 16 G iPhone, pay and leave- that is it. No sign up, no contract, nada. If anyone gives him a hard time, he just says it is a gift (which it sounds like it may be, after a fashion).

    Enjoy it buddy!

  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Or an 8GB one if you don't need the extra space.
  4. karlwig thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. So then I just have to unlock the phone here in Norway and stick in my old sim card, and I'm ready to go? That's awesome! :D

    Anybody know what a 16GB iPhone should cost in the state of Florida, and where to get the best deal?

    God I'm so excited :)
  5. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2008
    16gb iPhone is $499 USD-- I am not sure what the state tax is in Florida
  6. karlwig thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    But the $499 includes tax or what? Anyway that's SO cheap considering the weak dollar... It's like the same as i paid for my iPod mini here in Norway a few years ago... thanks a lot guys! :D
  7. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
  8. MattsxB macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    Florida State Tax is 6% so about $30.00 in tax.....
  9. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Where in Florida is your dad going??
    Tax is 6% in most counties but if he'll be in Miami-Dade then it's 7%.
    It doesn't really make that much difference though.

    Hopefully the weather will hold up for him!! It has been raining soo much lately. =/
  10. karlwig thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    Oh, that's a shame. I have no idea where he's going, but he's bringing my younger brother and his girlfriend so I'm sure they'll visit Disneyland and all that stuff. Suckers, not taking me with them. Actually I think they deserve the rain :p
  11. TacS macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2008
    Another iPhone buyer from Norway!

    Hi Forum!

    My first post also, a friend of mine is in the USA atm, and I have asked him to buy a iPhone 8Gb for me. He is currently in Washington DC, and he is going to San Francisco in a couple of days.. Just wondering where the tax is lowest, DC or SF.. :)

    Best Regards from Norway!

  12. oldimac macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    Just do a search for Washington, D.C sales tax rate, etc.
  13. chrismac00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2007
    Can't you just go into the US Apple Store Online, make a cart and type in the zip code of the area and it gives you the exact price?? Works for me. :D
  14. TacS macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2008
    Hey thanks! It worked, I only had some problems to find the right zip codes.


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