iPad unlocked = iPhone 4.0 unlocked?

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  1. aaronstephen macrumors newbie

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    am I just dreaming or do you think this could really happen?
     
  2. thelatinist macrumors 603

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  4. aaronstephen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought I probably was but it would be sweet.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know about justifying this with a serious response, but...

    - The iPad demo had iPhone OS 3.2

    - The iPad is unlocked in the sense of SIM lock to carrier

    - Apple has sold iPhones that were unlocked in the same sense for some time now, and AFAIK, the existence of these phones has not been one of the mechanisms that enabled hackers to unlock the iPhone.
     
  6. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    I'm pretty sure the OP was asking whether this made it likely that Apple would sell a factory-unlocked iPhone in the US.
     
  7. Anijake macrumors 6502

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    The iPad uses a new Micro Sim, try finding another carrier that uses those (TMobile in the US does not), I bet they switch to those in the next iPhone as well to make it even harder to use on another carrier.
     
  8. MikeyTree macrumors 6502

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    You already can buy an unlocked iPhone... for $599, its full price.

    If you want to buy a $99-299 iPhone, its cheaper because the cell phone carrier is subsidizing the cost, and they lock the iPhone so you continue to use their services.
     
  9. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    i wonder why an 8gb iPhone 3g is more expensive than a 16gb iPad?:confused:
     
  10. Anijake macrumors 6502

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    On AT&T in the US $599 gets you a contract free iPhone not an unlocked one, it's still locked. Not sure about other countries.
     
  11. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    Unlocked and jailbroken are two different things. Plus, like was said earlier, it uses a new sim that isn't compatible with anyone in the US but AT&T.
     
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  13. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    If AT&T is subsidizing the next gen iPhone, it will be carrier locked. The difference with the iPad is that you are buying it outright, away from the carrier.
     
  14. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Yes, but AT&T does not subsidize contract-free iPhones; yet they are still carrier-locked.
     
  15. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    True. For whatever reason, it seems that if AT&T sells an Apple device, it is carrier locked (the first iPhone, even though you paid full price for it). But he iPad won't be purchased through AT&T at all. Just through Apple. Maybe they want to move toward this model?
     
  16. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    What about the $14.99 / 250 MB data plan? That would convince me to get an iPhone.
     
  17. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    You can make a standard sim to the size of a micro sim with a scissors and it works fine apparently....
     

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