iPhone 3GS: Buying unlocked from Apple best option for international?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by violence, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. violence macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Have a family member over from New Zealand. She wants to get a new iPhone 3GS (not the new 4) to use on her carrier over there. What is her best option for getting a new one? Does the Apple Store still sell 3GS's unlocked? They're pretty expensive, is there a better solution? I've heard of actually getting a contract with AT&T and canceling it would work out cheaper... not sure if this is true or not.
    Appreciate it!
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Your best solution is to buy a used unlocked one from CraigsList. She can bring a SIM to test the phone.
  3. violence thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Other than Craigslist, what's the best route? The options are pretty much: buy outright from Apple Store, find brand new on Craigslist (kinda tough for 3GS), buy on contract from AT&T and cancel contract.
  4. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2008
    Go to Canada and buy a factory-unlocked 3GS at the Apple Store for $549?

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