I Think I've Made a Big Mistake...(UK User)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by andym172, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. andym172 macrumors 6502

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    In a moment of utter stupidity I bought an iPhone on eBay without even checking if it will work in the UK (where I live).

    Only now reading the forum have I discovered that Apple have bolted it down to the American only AT&T.

    Is it correct that the phone will be unusable in the UK on a UK network?

    And if so, is there any way around this?
     
  2. marksman macrumors 603

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    That seals it I need to start selling stuff on E-Bay.

    Seriously, why would you not have investigated this before making a bid?
     
  3. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    You could have fun hacking it!:D
     
  4. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    Me too. I am selling bottles of air now... I bet I would make enough for a few iphones.
     
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Yes and no... sell it straight away back on eBay US again. 3G iPhones will be here in October.
     
  6. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    October? Source?:confused:
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    source please!!!! this could make my day!
     
  8. carfac macrumors 65816

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    First, let the seller know you just found out it will not work where you live, and you need to cancel your bid. a normal seller would just say OK, and offer it to the second highest bidder. But, because of the attempts at scalping, your seller might not be so kind. In any case, do NOT pay for it.

    How long have you had your eBay account? If not long, you may just want to start a new account if you get a negative tick. Or, if the seller is nice, no problem. If the seller is a scalper and gives you negative, you can contest it with eBay, and get it removed. Point out the auction did not specify US only or something... you should be ok

    But do NOT pay for it for sure.
     
  9. Twinkie macrumors regular

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    Yeah, not taking responsibility for your own ignorance, and screwing over someone else is always the best route! :rolleyes:
     
  10. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    So, crawled out of your bubble and decided, "Hey, Im gonna buy an iphone today." Brilliant!
     
  11. skubish macrumors 68030

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    /agree

    I hate punks that don't pay up on my eBay auctions. Instant negative feedback from me. It cost that seller money to list and sell the item. At the least you should offer to pay for his/her fees if you back out.

    Note: I don't have an iPhone on eBay, I just hate nopayers in general.
     
  12. XIII macrumors 68040

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    October is start of Q4. 3G is far more developed here in the UK than it is in the US, and the only network with EDGE is Orange, who people generally feel won't take on the iPhone. Thus 3G iPhone in October is an educated guess.
     
  13. andym172 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just so you can see what action I took, here is a copy of the e-mail I sent:

    The seller has been hugely kind and has reimbured me my payment, minus costs.

    Thank you for the advice offered here, thoug, why it is that some posters have adopted an aggresive tone in their posts, I don't know. A simple mistake was made - a clouded judgement in wanting to get a present for my other half.

    We live and learn...

    Thanks again :)
     
  14. Cleverboy macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to be increasingly amused (I hope) at the parade of Americans (myself excluded) that will see red everytime they hear that (and for no good reason).
    Seeing the facts as they are and all... :p

    ~ CB
     
  15. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    Because you made the stereotypical eBay mistake: plonking down a bunch of money for something that you didn't fully investigate. You hear stories of people dropping $500 to buy just the box the Xbox 360 comes in, even though the auction clearly stated that the console was not included.

    Seriously though, you didn't know the iPhone didn't work in the UK? We've only known about it for, what, 4 months now? I mean, if you were planning on buying one, I figure that would be the first thing you'd check...not attacking you, just wondering out loud.
     
  16. carfac macrumors 65816

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    Glad it worked out good. And you (and the other poster above) were correct- it is fair you reminberse their costs... even if the number 2 bidder gets it. Looks like it all worked out good... congrats!
     
  17. angrygolfer macrumors 6502

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    Give the guy a break; he is from the UK you know!!!!!:) :) :) JUST JOKING!!! I'm glad everything worked out for you and the seller.
     
  18. Furgster macrumors 6502

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    jobs already gave the reason why they are not using edge:
    The tech is too big and it takes too much energy
     
  19. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816

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    You never know they may have worked a way of unlocking them soon.

    Im not too fussed about 3G the contract cost are going to be huge don't you think ?
     

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