Do you think there is a big market for unlocked iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by wowipod, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. wowipod macrumors regular

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    Do you think? I can get my hands on plenty of unlocked 3GS any size and 3Gs and was wondering if I could start getting them and selling them on ebay or something. Do you think I'd get many takers?
     
  2. matttye macrumors 601

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    Yes, but price them reasonably. They sell for more than locked iPhones but some places sell them at ridiculous prices. Play.com sells unlocked 32GB 3GS' for £899 (AUD $1828 / USD $1468)
     
  3. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    yes you should be able to get around

    $600 on ebay for unlocked iphones, could make a lot if you could get them cheep
     
  4. koollectablz macrumors 6502

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    IMHO the whole unlocked thing is being overegged really - at least coming from the UK standpoint. Sure its nice to be unlocked, but when you buy one over here you are paying for a contract anyway and it'ld be foolish not to use what it comes with - contract or PAYG.

    Helps that the O2 network isn't actually that bad either, coverage wise.

    Having said that - I'd pay a premium for a factory unlocked as compared to a PAYG. Not much though - maybe £30-50 max.
     
  5. wowipod thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can get them for just over $1040AU/£511/$836US. Not massively cheap but they are unlocked sealed in the box.
     
  6. Chundles macrumors G4

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    You mean EXACTLY A$1040. That's what Apple sell them for.
     
  7. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't bother then.
     
  8. wowipod thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeh I just noticed that. Must be where my friend is getting them from.

    EDIT: I have seen them going for $900+US on ebay, so there might be some sales there but I think people have got it covered.
     
  9. allymac macrumors member

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    Not true. There are a lot of people living outside of big cities where they have poor network coverage. My village has no O2 signal - the only network available in my village for voice calls is t-mobile, forget 3G. I could name about 20 people off the top of my head to are skipping the iPhone because of network coverage. Apple's loss.
     
  10. alFR macrumors 68020

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    That'll be the same in other locations for other networks. It doesn't mean O2's network is any worse overall than any of the others.
     
  11. allymac macrumors member

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    I didn't say O2's coverage was bad, just that mobile phone coverage is poor outside big cities. Of course that means for all networks. They ain't going to bother shoving mobile masts in at great expense in the country where people are most likely to be nimbies (not in my back yard) just so 200 people can get a signal.

    Roll on femtocell :D
     
  12. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. Up on Orkney O2's the only network that gives coverage.

    I really wish they sold it unlocked. I've changed my provider 3 times in the last year (usage patterns change, better deals etc) and I'll be changing at least 2 more in the next year (moving abroad).

    I have a 2G so I'm covered, but I do think it's stupid not to give people an easy unlock.
     
  13. lavinci macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't mind buying unlocked iPhones to use. Better than running a 2 year contract.
     
  14. harrystone macrumors newbie

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    Do you think I can get one at $250 for a 3gs iphone(16gb) from uk?
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    If you purchase it in 2013, sure....
     
  16. Gatteau macrumors 6502a

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    They are sold unlocked here, from Apple Retailers, in Italy.
     
  17. applecheese macrumors member

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    hahaha
     
  18. kitenski macrumors regular

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    yes there is interest, but not for vastly overpriced iphones!
     
  19. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    There is tons of interests from a variety of people. But this thread helps to explain why people are willing to pay so much.
     
  20. mark.mathew8877 macrumors newbie

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    Of course.There are many people eagerly waiting to use i phone but being not able to use because of lock.If you start selling unlocked i phones from a reliable platform i think you will get a good response.But as someone mentioned earlier you should be careful to decide a reasonable price.
     

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