Can I buy my iPhone at the Apple Store ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by duplessisn, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. duplessisn macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    Hi dear Iphone lovers!

    I'm thinking about getting an iphone 3G at an Apple store but I am not sure of the following:

    - Can I get it at the Apple store without having to subscribe an O2 contract?
    (understand buying it at the app store and jailbreak it straight away)
    - Can I jailbreak it if it hasn't been used at all? (not used on an O2 network)
    - Will the warranty still be valid if I restore the iPhone via itunes?

    Sorry if these are stupid questions and thank you for your help :rolleyes:

  2. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
    1. No, you have to get it with a contract. There is no way around this unless you buy it unlocked online or anywhere else.2
    2. Yes, you can jailbreak it if it hasn't been used.
    3. Apple says jailbreaking voids your warranty, but yes if you do a complete restore then there will be no trace of the jailbreak and your warranty should be fine.
  3. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    Your best bet to find buy one would be to look on craigslist and buy it local. You might be able to find a good deal. That is how I got mine. :)
  4. john316 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Aigburth, Liverpool, UK
    You can just buy it PAYG from O2 stores or the Carphone Warehouse without a contract.
  5. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Are the activation rules different for O2 than the AT&T? I know Europe has many factory unlocked 3G iPhones in different countries...:confused:
  6. sparkyms macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2007
    Southampton UK
    You can get a pay as you go iPhone 3G at Apple Stores now, but that will set you back 342 and 392 respectively for the 8 and 16 gb models.

    Jailbreaking is fine

    Warranty will be intact if you restore and then go to apple.
  7. duplessisn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    Thanks all for your useful replies ! :)

    I guess I'll just go to the apple store and get a PAYG one (I dont mind the high price) and then unlock/jailbreak it with WinPwn.

    do you reckon this is technically feasible with a PAYG iphone from the Apple store ?

  8. sparkyms macrumors 65816

    Feb 22, 2007
    Southampton UK
    It's not as easy as using WinPwn to unlock it.

    You'll need to jailbreak it (hope it has firmware 2.2 on it, if it has 2.2.1 you're SOL), and then install Yellowsn0w to unlock.

    Remember you can only do this if it has the 2.2 baseband. If not, can't.

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