International Use of iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iYorkies, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. iYorkies macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I travel a fair bit between 2-3 countries and have a local plan for each carrier. If I pick up a carrier unlocked iPhone from one of the carriers, can I safely use it in the other countries (when i swap the sim card) without it being re-locked?

    I would also like to be able to perform firmware updates. Will iTunes recognize my phone as a carrier unlocked phone by IMEI?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. McGiord macrumors 601

    McGiord

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    As far as I remember if you buy it in France, you are stuck with the French carriers only. If you mention which countries are, more people might be able to give you better answers.
    I unlocked my original iPhone in the past and it worked fine, but I'm not sure about the official unlocked ones.
     
  3. fedup flyer macrumors regular

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    Nope, I had a conversation with an Orange Rep a few months back. You can buy an iPhone from them but it cost an additional 100 Euros to have it unlocked.
     
  4. paulcdb macrumors regular

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    complete list of countries that sell unlocked iphones are...

    Belgium
    Czech Republic
    Greece
    Hong Kong
    Italy
    Luxembourg
    Macau
    Malaysia
    New Zealand
    Russia
    Saudi Arabia
    Slovakia
    South Africa
    Thailand
    Turkey
    United Arab Emirates

    Yes, i've been bored :)
     
  5. iYorkies thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good point. It'll either be Malaysia or Singapore.
     
  6. McGiord macrumors 601

    McGiord

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    I not writing that you cannot buy it unlocked, you can buy it unlocked.
    What I'm trying to express is that it would work with any French carrier but not work with other countries' carriers.

    I am not in France, so I cannot confirm this.
     
  7. molala macrumors 6502a

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    Singapore sells unlocked phones (by law). You can get it from SingTel. That's where mine is from and I use it in the UK.
     
  8. ubercool macrumors 6502a

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    Not bored enough, I hear that Singapore also sells them unlocked. :D
     
  9. iYorkies thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent. Thanks for the information.
     
  10. fedup flyer macrumors regular

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    That is the whole point of buying an factory unlocked phone...so you can use it on other carriers in different countries.
     

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