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b257177

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If the process ever gets to the iFuntastic level of ease and availability, I would likely give it a shot. Provided no functionality loss anyway, as it would save me the time/effort to wait out my current contract and switch over the family to AT&T.
 
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Rocketman

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I get the impression that if it:

1. Did not disable any key iPhone functionality, and

2. Cost about as much as an iPhone battery replacement from Apple itself, send in, process, send back, plenty of people would do it.

3. Those users would have to subscribe to a special email newsletter notifying them of if updates would disable the features and how to overcome that, probably with another mail-in update process.

That could be profitable for an unblessed third party firm.

Rocketman

Blessed Apple products 98% of the time.
 
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b257177

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Jul 25, 2007
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I get the impression that if it:

1. Did not disable any key iPhone functionality, and

2. Cost about as much as an iPhone battery replacement from Apple itself, send in, process, send back, plenty of people would do it.

3. Those users would have to subscribe to a special email newsletter notifying them of if updates would disable the features and how to overcome that, probably with another mail-in update process.

That could be profitable for an unblessed third party firm.

Rocketman

Blessed Apple products 98% of the time.

Sounds like a business plan... ;)
 
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DeathChill

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Jul 15, 2005
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I am going to be trying out this method as we have no signs of the iPhone coming to Canada anytime soon. I'm going to go down to the US this weekend and I'm going to grab a 4GB iPhone and test 'er out.
 
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b257177

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Jul 25, 2007
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I am going to be trying out this method as we have no signs of the iPhone coming to Canada anytime soon. I'm going to go down to the US this weekend and I'm going to grab a 4GB iPhone and test 'er out.

Please (a) take pictures along the way, and (b) document your steps and the process, so that others can benefit!
 
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cromestant

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Apr 27, 2006
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Please do document and postback here for more details..

Living in south america you can't believe what i 'll probably have to wait till its available here so this could be an option.
 
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TimmyDee

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Feb 20, 2007
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Agreed.

On a side note, can anyone comment about the legality of this in the US? Or how carriers might give you the boot if they find out?
 
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taylorwilsdon

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Nov 16, 2006
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Agreed.

On a side note, can anyone comment about the legality of this in the US? Or how carriers might give you the boot if they find out?

I'm pretty sure its technically illegal to lock a handset to a carrier, so its not like you are breaking the law fixing their problem.
 
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mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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how has this not gotten more attention? This is huge!

I'm sorry! Did you look at the date on the article? I thought everyone heard about this almost a week ago! :eek: :D I know I did.

I'm pretty sure its technically illegal to lock a handset to a carrier, so its not like you are breaking the law fixing their problem.

Not quite. It's technically legal; the law involved (DMCA) specifically has an exemption (provided later by legislation) for unlocking cell phones, that makes the software that cracks them legal. The software that cracks / circumvents the system would generally otherwise be illegal per prevailing interpretations of DMCA.
 
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megfilmworks

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Jul 1, 2007
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The selling of lockable cellphones is different depending on the regulations in your country. It is a civil matter in the U.S. I believe. The iPhone, as I understand is not locked technically,
it just needs a specific sim in it that only ATT has, a fine Edge of distinction.
Anyone else know about this?
 
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SMacDuff

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Oct 21, 2006
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Thought this was interesting....I was in my local Apple Reseller store here is Stockholm, Sweden and they have an iPhone that customers can try out. Now, this iPhone was connected to the net so it therefore must be an unlocked phone. Would Apple supply unlocked phones to Authorized Resellers as demos?

As a side note for those of us in Europe (not France, Germany or the U.K., who will soon get lucky enough to be able to buy one), the guy at the counter loved the phone but thought it was too slow and hypothesized that most Europeans won't see iPhones available for purchase until 2008. Hopefully by then they put out a 3G model so I don't have additional waiting to look forward to. :)
 
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CD3660

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Jun 6, 2007
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Thought this was interesting....I was in my local Apple Reseller store here is Stockholm, Sweden and they have an iPhone that customers can try out. Now, this iPhone was connected to the net so it therefore must be an unlocked phone.

Could it have been connected via wi-fi rather than through a mobile phone network?

Did customers get to try it out as a phone rather than just the other functions?
 
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kbonnel

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Thought this was interesting....I was in my local Apple Reseller store here is Stockholm, Sweden and they have an iPhone that customers can try out. Now, this iPhone was connected to the net so it therefore must be an unlocked phone. Would Apple supply unlocked phones to Authorized Resellers as demos?

As a side note for those of us in Europe (not France, Germany or the U.K., who will soon get lucky enough to be able to buy one), the guy at the counter loved the phone but thought it was too slow and hypothesized that most Europeans won't see iPhones available for purchase until 2008. Hopefully by then they put out a 3G model so I don't have additional waiting to look forward to. :)

I think they just got an iphone off of ebay (or somebody picked one up in the U.S.). Great way to bring people into the store. (Which store was it?) I visited the one near the Hotorget subway stop quite often.

Ciao

Kimo
 
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elisha cuthbert

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Feb 25, 2006
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i saw one today, one of the people at school had a fully unlocked iphone, it was working on telstra

it looks so freaking sweet, we were hijacking the schools wireless network and having fun with google earth
 
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Chukystar

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Aug 30, 2008
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iphone unlocked

hi,

could you please tell me where a can find two unlocked iphone to back with them in belgium next week?:apple::apple:

thanks:eek:
 
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northy124

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Nov 18, 2007
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I was wrong Belgium iPhones are sold locked, Go to France buy one and pay extra for Authorised Unlock or Italy where the prices are €569 for 16GB White:eek:
 
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iphoneuserguide

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Sep 2, 2008
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will that work?

I've heard that even 'unlocked' iphones will only work in the country of purchase on the SIM's from that country... so technically its not a FULL unlock...

is this still the case?
 
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brogwalkerh

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Apr 22, 2008
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Thought this was interesting....I was in my local Apple Reseller store here is Stockholm, Sweden and they have an iPhone that customers can try out. Now, this iPhone was connected to the net so it therefore must be an unlocked phone. Would Apple supply unlocked phones to Authorized Resellers as demos?

As a side note for those of us in Europe (not France, Germany or the U.K., who will soon get lucky enough to be able to buy one), the guy at the counter loved the phone but thought it was too slow and hypothesized that most Europeans won't see iPhones available for purchase until 2008. Hopefully by then they put out a 3G model so I don't have additional waiting to look forward to. :)

It does not necessarily have to be an unlocked iPhone. An iPhone with AT&T service can be brought to another country with a GSM network and can be used like any other phone. However, the price per minute is exorbitant. Also, an iPhone with Orange or T-Mobile or O2 could be brought to another country and work just fine as well.
 
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