How do I know if the iPhone will work on my Carrier?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Mkz, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. Mkz macrumors regular

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    Hi there,

    I plan to purchase an iPhone whenever i have the money and I also plan to hack it and put my Orange (United Kingdom) SIM Card in it. Would this automatically work or not?

    Does anyone know if the iPhone works with Orange in the UK?
    Also, does anyone know if I bought an iPhone from America, would it work in the UK?

    Thanks alot :]
    Max
     
  2. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    Should work on any GSM network if you unlock it.
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Any iPhone works anywhere, as long as you unlock it
     
  4. Mkz thread starter macrumors regular

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    To unlock it would I just use ZiPhone or something like that?
     
  5. jamescwarren macrumors 6502

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    I've used ZiPhone twice now. Once to unlock my OOTB 1.1.3 16 GB iPhone, and the second time was to update to 1.1.4. Go ahead and use ZiPhone, it's fantastic!
     
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  7. intoxicated662 macrumors regular

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    you can also just buy a cheap $5 pre paid sim card and use that. make a call and if it works then obviously you can use it however you'd like.
     
  8. Mkz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks alot for your replies.

    If I put my SIM card into an iPhone and I dont want it to try and connect to EDGE (Because I dont have a data plan) can I turn that off? And only allow it to connect to WiFi?

    How would I do that?
     
  9. akwarner macrumors member

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    I use an app called Boss Prefs (version 1.56 is the one I have) and it will allow you to selectively turn off Edge, WiFi, Bluetooth and various email addresses. Works well. I typically leave WiFi on and turn of Edge so that I do not inadvertently use data on Edge. You can install Boss Prefs from Installer after you jailbreak your phone. I used ZiPhone and it put the Installer app onto the phone automatically.

    Hope that helps.

    A.


     
  10. Mkz thread starter macrumors regular

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    I read on another forums this post:


    And apparently this worked but I am a bit confused about what this means: "You could SSH into your phone"

    Im assuming this is some sort of editor that would allow me to change files or something like that? Can anyone help me out here on what this is?
     
  11. hollerz macrumors 6502a

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    Remember that you can also use data through GPRS, I don't think you can turn that off.
     
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  13. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    I'm in the UK too, with a 1.1.4 phone unlocked and jailbroken using iPlus (great tool).

    I'm not sure you need to worry about Edge if you don't have a data contract, as your SIM won't be set up to connect to it.

    I just did that Wednesday this week, and at the moment I have my Tesco Mobile pay-as-you-go SIM card in there. If I'm near my wifi the phone connects and uses the internet that way. So Google Maps, You Tube, etc work a treat.

    If I haven't a wifi connection,, and open one of those apps, the phone gives the message "can't connect to the Edge network, you are not subscribed to Edge", and the internet apps don't work.

    I have just been and signed up to a monthly SIM-only contract for minutes and texts, plus a web-browsing add-on that will allow the Edge connection. (I chose O2 but it could equally have been any of the other 2G networks - but not 3 who are 3G only.) When I get that SIM in the phone, it will be able to connect to Edge.

    I think that all means that:
    1. Yes your Orange card will work
    2. You'll only get internet on wifi
    3. You could get Orange's internet add-on (£7.50 a month) if you wanted to have internet on the go

    PS. 4. Just don't get a "pay per Mb" internet data contract
     
  14. dickovski macrumors regular

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    I'm using an Orange PAYG sim in my iPhone (1.1.4 unlocked with ziphone). It works perfectly on Edge where available (hardly anywhere in Norfolk) otherwise it reverts to GPRS but you do need to enter the correct edge settings otherwise it won't work at all. You can turn it off or on whenever you want if you install Boss Tools. It even works with the mail app which my O2 PAYG sim doesn't (I have a Yahoo email account).

    I try not to use it to much when not on wifi as it does eat through your credit but find if I prepay for 16mb (4 quid) it will just about get me through the month. The key is to use mobile optimised sites when browsing on gprs rather than the full blown sites and obviously no YouTube or video!

    All in all, out of all the PAYG sims I've tried in my iPhone Orange works best for me. If it had an unlimited data plan for say a fiver a month it would be perfect!:rolleyes:
     
  15. dickovski macrumors regular

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    I can get on the internet with or without a data plan. It's just more expensive without - quid a megabyte I think.
     

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