How does iPhone purchasing work?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SpookTheHamster, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

    SpookTheHamster

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    I'm in the UK and I'm looking to buy an iPhone. With the price drop to $399 I'm now interested in a new one. The only problem is not being able to get it in the UK as Apple won't ship outside the US.

    When one purchases an iPhone, does one sign up to a contract there and then, or does that come when the phone is activated? I could activate the iPhone using the DVDJon method, and then wait until an unlock hack is around for me to use my O2 SIM.

    Even eBay is more expensive than Apple. Are there any kind, reputable MR folk in the US that would be happy to buy an iPhone and ship it to me? Obviously I'd send you the money in advance.
     
  2. EvanLugh macrumors 68000

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    I was considering the same thing.
    But, now, I'm a little more enlightened as it seems at the Apple Paris Expo, they'll probably come out then. It's on the 25th-27th.
     
  3. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    Yes you can get it shipped from the US if a seller on eBay is willing to and you can crack the activation and unlock it once the software comes out, but mabee the iPhone you get off eBay is faulty or something... and do you want to pay more to get a phone with no warranty that could be damaged? I say wait.
     
  4. EvanLugh macrumors 68000

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    I really hope it's out on the 25 here, I think we're being outrageously left out!
     
  5. SpookTheHamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The whole point is that I don't want it from eBay. I'd rather pay someone in the US to buy one for me and ship it over.

    If they announce the European iPhone at the Apple Expo then it still won't be out for a while after, and would still cost considerably more than a US one, especially if I'm buying it without a contract. Think about it, the US one costs $399 with a contract, so if you add in the fact that we're constantly screwed for prices on Apple products it's going to cost £300+
     
  6. EvanLugh macrumors 68000

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    No No No, I think it'll be out straight away. They've had enough time to quabble about shipping.
     
  7. SpookTheHamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I doubt it, Apple has recently moved away from having things ready to ship at announcement time. They'll need to give all the networks across the whole EU time to get their launch going.
     
  8. EvanLugh macrumors 68000

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  9. activeuk macrumors member

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    looking at getting a iphone from the usa as well are these usa mail addresses any good
     
  10. EvanLugh macrumors 68000

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    Just wait for 18 days, I bet £100 they'll be out on the 25th-27th. :rolleyes::p
     

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