Buying iPhone 4 Factory Unlocked from overseas

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ammusk, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. ammusk macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2009
    I am interested in buying an iPhone 4 factory unlocked from the UK or Canada.

    However, does the phone work in the United States?

    I remember someone stating that although they were factory unlocked it would still be locked to the country of purchase. Is this true? Could someone please shed some light on this?

    I don't want to end up spending a fortune on a phone which doesn't work in the United States.

  2. Cardiiiii macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2010
    I bought an unlocked 3G in Thailand which I activated and used in the UK. You won't have a problem.
  3. andrewsam macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2010
    Doesn't work in India

    My factory unlocked iphone 4, which was purchased in the UK worked with all carriers in the UK, but didn't work with any carrier in India when i was travelling there last month. Had to unlock it temporarily to make it work with BSNL.

    Any reasons why Apple? even after paying the full cost of the phone?
  4. hdtravel macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2010
    Albuquerque NM
    A factory unlocked iPhone will work with any GSM carrier worldwide.
  5. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    That doesn't make any sense.

    I don't think the iPhone (or any phone for that matter) is sold with a country lock.

    It doesn't make any commercial sense for such a lock to be used.

    All iPhone models support the same set of networks. A UK iPhone works with the same carriers that a US iPhone does.

    That being said, no iPhone supports T-Mobile USA's 3G frequencies, so if you want to use it on T-Mobile USA you'll be stuck with 2G.
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Thats nonsense. What you mean you had to unlock it temporarily?
    All unlocked iPhones or cellphones I general will work with any gsm carriers sim card.
  7. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
    That' the answer needed.

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