buying iphone in the usa

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ollyclio, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. ollyclio macrumors member

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    long shot, and i think the answer will prob be no, but im heading to the usa later this year and wondered if i can get a iphone from apple and bring it back to use here?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    It will most likely work. The problem is you have to sign an AT&T contract, which means the saving of money is out the window. Where is here?
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    First... Where is here? You should have your location added to your profile so people don't have to ask.

    Second... Kind of. However you will have to get a contract with at&t then break it after 31 days, then unlocking it.

    Third... You would be better off getting a legitimate unlocked phone from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, or France.

    TEG
     
  4. ollyclio thread starter macrumors member

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    im in the uk

    is there any other places to get them out there, cheaper than the uk?
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    Just hop over to France, the sell them unlocked, then you can use them with any UK carrier.

    TEG
     
  6. ollyclio thread starter macrumors member

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    ah cool, though as the euro is terrible at the mo i thought it might be the same as buying a pay as you go iphone from the uk.
    i thought there might be some where in the us i could pick one up cheap unlocked, but will look into what you said, thanks :)
     
  7. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    The iPhone can physically work anywhere but the US software is locked to AT&T and it requires a 2 year contract. You cannot just buy it outright, like you can in Europe or Australia or most places around the world.

    So no definitely a no go.
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You can buy it outright but for the price that you'll be paying you're better off buying it factory unlocked for a country closer to the the UK.
     

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