French iPhone In England

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Mugs, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. Mugs macrumors regular

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    Hey guys im reali sorry if this has already been asked bt I cudnt find it. My friend wud like to know if you are able to buy one of the unlocked French iPhone's and bring it over to England and use it. His main worry and question is, will he be able to update it or will it brick? He's on Orange if that helps at all. Thanks a lot you guys.
     
  2. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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  3. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    no, it will not, and you will be stuck with a phone you cannot return to apple uk, it is locked to french networks. Plus it is quite expensive.
     
  4. hollerz macrumors 6502a

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    Link?
     
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  6. garybUK Guest

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    One of the benefits of being a EU citizen is the ability to freely purchase goods in any state.

    If the phone should go wrong apple should honor your statutary rights.
     
  7. TurboSC macrumors 65816

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    damn, that's pretty sweet. I really hope Google wins the 700mhz auction and change the face of wireless once and for all.
     
  8. bartelby macrumors Core

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    The phone will still need to be activated via iTunes. So you'll need a French iTunes Store account.
     
  9. garybUK Guest

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    Why would it need to be activated when it's not tied to a network ?

    Activation does nothing but activate the Sim card.......

    Edit: link to EU law concerning free flow of goods http://www.airecentre.org/law_goods.html and complaints procedure if Apple try to block any warranty based services :)

    They need to be sued anyway becuase of them restricting the purchase of music between EU states.
     
  10. bartelby macrumors Core

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    It's not Apple restricting. It's the record labels...
     
  11. samab macrumors 6502a

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    The laws are mostly about the removal of import duties within Europe.

    Sure you can import a car from the continent into UK without paying import duties, but you may still have problems with left-handed vs. right-handed models. You may still have problems if UK has a different set of emission standards that may require you to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade. You have the right to buy the goods, but it doesn't say that you can actually use the goods.

    If the unlocking procedure in France is similar to Germany (before the injunction was overturned), then it will be handled through iTunes. You need a french itunes account to unlock the iphone.
     
  12. samab macrumors 6502a

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    The only thing that resembles this is something like NAFTA. Canadians with the high Canadian dollars have been trying to import cars from the US. If the car is made in the US, Canadians should be able to import the car without paying import duties.

    American dealers have been warned by the auto makers not to sell cars to Canadians. There are a bunch of lawsuits against the auto makers right now.

    Mind you, Canadians still have to modify their imported cars to conform with Canadian standards --- i.e. emissions standards, seat belts, mandatory daytime running lights....
     

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