Cheapest way to obtain iPhone 4

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  1. imkingofjungle macrumors member

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    Im looknig for the cheapest way to obtain an iPhone 4, I wont be using AT&T, I will be unlocking it to use on other carriers.

    So my option right now Im thinking of is adding a third line to friend's account.
    Which averages out to be around 751-756.

    My other option is buying the no commitment iPhone 4, which happens to be around $756 as well.

    My question is if I go for the no commitment iPhone 4, will the phone be activated upon purchased? Or do I have to activate it through AT&T and pay a fee + sign up a contract with AT&T?

    Anyone with experience, please fill me in on the insights.
     
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  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    gotta buy one overseas.

    The iPhone 4 won't come unlocked and current unlocking solutions may or may not be able to unlock the OS 4's associated firmwares and baseband.

    You can try to snag one overseas, where carriers (in certain parts) are required to sell unlocked phones at retail price.
     
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  5. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Unlock might be months away...you are way ahead of yourself.
     
  6. imkingofjungle thread starter macrumors member

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    and were the iphone,3g,3gs activated phones when purchased with no commitment?
     
  7. goobot macrumors 603

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    wait out side a store with a mask. when someone walks out. attack from behind.
     
  8. uneek1 macrumors regular

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    My 2g and 3gs were not activated. I did this at home.
     
  9. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

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    Just wait a couple of months then you can probably buy one from eBay.
     
  10. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Speaking of which, AT&T has raised the price of iPhones on eBay with increased ETF.
     
  11. magpie maniac macrumors 6502

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    Hey, why don't you ask your friend's dad? You know...the one who said that the iPhone 4 would be delayed until January 2011. Whatever happened with that? :rolleyes:

     
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  13. redman042 macrumors 68020

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    Nicely done sir!
     
  14. imkingofjungle thread starter macrumors member

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    did you have to pay a fee to activate? did you have to sign a contract to activate?
    by activate i mean, having access to ipod/notes/safari etc functionalities.
     
  15. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    What are you trying to do? If you are trying to get the new phone and use it in a different network, don't get your hopes up because it probably won't work.
     
  16. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    Simples!

    1. You have to become the secret lover of an Apple senior.

    2. Steal one!

    3. Build a time machine...
     
  17. imkingofjungle thread starter macrumors member

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    why do you say that?
    the 3gs is unlocked, and the beta 4.0 os is unlocked already.

    im trying to (as the title says) find a way to obtain the iphone 4 as cheap as possible, after wards unlock, and use on different carrier.

    i am currently using my 3gs on a different carrier.
     
  18. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    iPhone 4 is new hardware and history showed that Apple won't make it easy to unlock the latest iPhone.
     
  19. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    I hear the one is coming out soon for Verizon you can always wait for that :rolleyes:

    You have answered your own question? Think about what you asked and then what you said?:D
     
  20. imkingofjungle thread starter macrumors member

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    what? ive answered my own question? why would i wait for verizon...? what makes you think i am trying to use verizon network? and for the record my other carrier i plan to use, uses GSM. are you mentally slow or just have a low iq?

    i thought to unlock a phone, you can either hardware unlock or software unlock?
    since beta 4.0 is unlocked, the final 4.0 version unlock should be similar and ready.
     
  21. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Only way I see it is to hit an Apple store at night with a face mask and gloves or buy an iPhone 4, sign up with At&t, pay the $200+tax, activation fee and termination fee. Costly? Yes, try to sell your current iPhone for $300+.
    All this should come to about $620..
     
  22. goobot macrumors 603

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    Yep
     
  23. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

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    Obviously you're not familiar with how unlock works. Beta 4.0 is "jailbroken" but not unlocked, which is not even available for the latest 3GS hardware.

    No one can even promise iPhone 4 to be unlockable let alone a date for such accomplishment.
     
  24. imkingofjungle thread starter macrumors member

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    you're pretty bad a math lol
    how are you getting $620?

    im getting the 32gb version

    ETF - 325
    iPhone - 360
    3rd line fee - 10 + 15 + 10 (one month advance payment)
    activation fee - 36
    = around 756.

    really? beta 4.0 not unlocked yet?
     
  25. ThugZilla macrumors regular

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    MuscleNerd posted not too long ago that iPhone 4 + 4.0 baseband will be unlockable shortly after release. Theoretically, Spirit should would without any changes since it uses the same processor as the iPad
     

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