Getting an iPhone to use in Israel

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobobo, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. bobobo macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2007
    I need a device like the iphone as have sold my macbook. Either I get the iPod touch and a regular cell phone or I unlock the iPhone or I wait till french iPhone comes out.

    Is the French going to be unlocked to providers outside of France?

    What is the current siutation with unlocking the American iPhone? Should I buy something like the TurboSim?

    Does anyone suggest any providers to use in Israel?

    Thank y'all.
  2. blaster_boy macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2004
    AFAIK the french law obliges the supplier to unlock the sold phone after six months if the customer requests it. But not that it can be sold seperately unlocked (although speculation exists that this will be the case, so far nobody is certain that this will be the case).

    I live in Belgium and bought my phone in America via I ordered it on a friday morning and they delivered monday afternoon ! You can either buy an unlocked phone or do it yourself and save a hundred bucks. Perhaps now you can buy one via ebay that was sold in the UK ?

    As long as the phone is firmware 1.1.1 you can jailbreak it by going to and then use the to install the free program anysim on it, this will unlock your phone. Took me about an hour or so to find the correct instructions, and 20 minutes for the actual process.

    As for providers in Israel, select one that offers you EDGE in the area you are going to use it.

    I hope this helps.
  3. bobobo thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2007
    What about activation? I will probably be getting an American iPhone pretty soon... is there any chance it will come with firmware 1.1.1?
  4. colonelbutt macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2007
    A US one is better as it will probably still be 1.1.1 and can be jailbreaked and unlocked directly.

    If you buy a 1.1.2 from europe you will need to downgrade to 1.1.1 and then upgrade to 1.1.2 with the unlock.

    Put in a cellcom chip as they have excellent EDGE service.

    The only issue you will have is youtube. Do some searching in google to find out the trick to fix this.


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