How do you get a Factory Unlocked iPhone 3G in the USA?

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  1. Plan8ts macrumors newbie

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    I don't who can I order from to get the black FACTORY UNLOCKED 8gb or 16gb iPhone 3G. I don't mind burning up to $1000 USD to get one but I need to know where is a reputable place to order one. I mean If I have to make a planned vacation to visit Hong Kong I might just do that.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You don't. Because they don't sell them unlocked in the U.S. at all. Anyone claiming to do so is scamming you.
     
  3. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Ebay sells them. But they are VERY high priced!
     
  5. iParis macrumors 68040

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    He already stated he would be willing to put down $1000.
    Which, is very pricey just for an unlock iPhone 3G.

    I found someone to sell me an unlocked 2G iPhone with 2.1 for only $150.
    And every time there's a software upgrade he puts in his SIM card so it doesn't lock up.
     
  6. Plan8ts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't think the majority of you people fully understand just what exactly a Factory Unlocked iPhone 3G is. It is not base ban hacked via some tool like pwnage. IT COMES FROM APPLE fully unlocked. You can jailbrake it, update it, and throw in any sim you want BUT IT KEEPS WORKING. No matter what update you do or sim you have in it while you do it. Only China, Australia, and Belgium GSM providers can sell it as such with out a contract and carrier independent sim card support. I'm trying to find anyone here who is a world traveler and picked it up or has ordered one of them their self and knows where a reputable place to order one is.
     
  7. ivan123 macrumors member

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    And New Zealand, At the current exchange rate it is $540 USD for an 8GB
     

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  8. Plan8ts thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ivan so is that a screen shot for your desktop? if it is how is the unlocked phone. If you switch between providers does the visual voice mail still work?
     
  9. ivan123 macrumors member

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    Yeah it's a screen shot, it's unlocked by connecting to iTunes and then waiting 30s for it to unlock.
    We don't have visual voicemail here and we only have one gsm carrier so i wouldn't be able to test that one
     
  10. atlanticza macrumors 6502a

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    You can buy unlocked iPhones in South Africa direct from Apple stores here for just over $700 and use the network of your choice.
     
  11. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    im not sure if you can do this, but if you do it to t-mobile it works.
    you could buy a factory iphone(locked of course) and then go to ATT or apple and say that you plan to go to europe or something, and would like to unlock your iphone so you can use a sim card there
     
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    Unfortunately Vodafone's online shop won't sell outside NZ. As a side note, when did Voda start supporting prepay?
     
  13. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    AT&T will accommodate requests like that with the vast majority of the cell phones they carry. However, they specifically do NOT provide that service with the iPhone.

    This web page lists all the countries where the iPhone is sold officially. The column titled "locked to carrier" indicates the countries and networks in which the iPhone is sold with a simlock (checkmark) or without a simlock (no checkmark).

    Of those countries and networks where the iPhone is sold with a simlock, the ones referencing footnote (1) have a mechanism available where you can arrange to have the simlock removed by an authorized system.
     
  14. magi.sys macrumors member

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    I've been thinking about grabbing one of these factory unlocked iphone 3Gs on my next visit to Hong Kong.

    So these phones don't lock-up after initial activation with a SIM?
    Anyone know if there's a list of carriers that work with the iPhone 3G?
     
  15. jmann macrumors 604

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    No the phones remain unlocked forever. And they will work with any carrier that uses a sim card.
     
  16. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Not true a factory unlocked phone will remain unlocked even at updating. It will allow you to swap SIMs between carriers no problem. There are many of these unlocked phones available in EU and ASIA.

    Also France sells factory unlocked phones.
     
  17. niji macrumors 6502

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    can use in Japan Softbank 3G network with Softbank 3G non-iPhone SIM?

    if the apple HK unlocked 3G iPhone was bought, can it be used in Japan, on a Softbank iPhone contract?
    Or, can it be used in Japan with a Softbank 3G non-iPhone SIM?
     
  18. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    I do believe that's what he was saying, that they stay unlocked. So yes, it is true.
     
  19. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    You forgot to mention South Africa. We have factory unlocked iPhones :)
     
  20. firewood macrumors 604

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    Will AT&T unlock an iPhone after one has already kept it for 30+ days, paid the first months bill + any remainder, canceled their contract, and then paid the ETF in full? (That's about $199 + $30 + $75 + $175 + taxes.) Or what do you get to do with the iPhone you get to keep?


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  21. firewood macrumors 604

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    Will an iPhone dealer in Belgium or Australia sell one to a tourist with a U.S. credit card? There are some pretty cheap airfares available these days... a reasonable deal on an iPhone could help offset the cost of a vacation.


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  22. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Probably not, but then again I'm not for sure.


    And to answer your first question, it is still locked, but you have to do the unlock yourself. At least, that is what is more than likely. The first iPhone wasn't really "carrier locked". If you took a stock iPhone you could only put an AT&T SIM in it, but if you ZiPhone'd it, you could put any SIM card in it.
     
  23. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    Care to elaborate on that assertion?

    In my interpretation, the fact that a stock 1st generation iPhone wouldn't accept anything but an AT&T SIM card was evidence that it was "carrier locked". ZiPhoning it involved the process of modifying the firmware to remove the carrier lock.
     

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