iPhone 3GS stolen - my options here in the US?

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  1. nipponfan macrumors regular

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    My iPhone 3GS was stolen here in Lansing 2 days ago. I tried to get it back, but no luck so far. It's a orange-locked 3GS which I unlocked myself in Austria. The Phone itself was locked with a passcode, unfortunately I had no simcard in it at the time, so I can't even send a SMS or something. No Mobile Me. Went to police and reported it stolen.

    I actually almost gave up on getting it back, chances are slim to say the least. So I'm looking at other options right now. I NEED a new iPhone, for school, work and for staying in touch with home. I can't drag my macbook everywhere. I'll be staying another 10 weeks.

    So what are my options here? Can I get a iphone from At&t without a contract? I might take it home, since the dollar to euro exchange rate is good.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You can buy one full price in the US but will be locked to AT&T and currently there is no unlock for the iPhone 4 on latest firmware.
    Unless you find an use and already jb and unlocked iPhone on eBay or CL.
     
  3. nipponfan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm, that's what I feared. How much is the full price for an At&t locked phone? Can I just walk into a store and just get it?

    I heard the ones in Canada are unlocked, it would be a 6 hour drive by car for me to get to Toronto. Do they have them in stock or do they have to be ordered?
     
  4. 0815 macrumors 68000

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    I would try to call AT&T Store or Apple Store in the US or the Stores in Canada before spending too much time in the car.
     
  5. nipponfan thread starter macrumors regular

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    And this means... What??
     
  6. nipponfan thread starter macrumors regular

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    So basically it's not as easy as walking into the store and pick up the phone, correct?
     
  7. 0815 macrumors 68000

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    It should be as easy ... but they might be out of stock or whatever, I would call just to be sure before spending too much time driving around.

    Viel Glück
     
  8. nipponfan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Danke!
     
  9. j.dstasio macrumors 6502

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    Why not buy a jailbroken & unlocked used 3GS on craigslist? They run about $250 or so for a good condition 16gb, a bit higher here locally than other cities from what I hear. A good option if you just need it here in the US for a few months. Sell it on craigslist just before you go back to Austria & get 90% to 100% of your money back.
     
  10. nipponfan thread starter macrumors regular

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    I checked craigslist already, no 3gs under 300. I have never bought a used phone, I'm really neat with my stuff. Like my 3GS that got stolen, it was in great shape (no drops, had it in a case, screen protector). And I actually put it in my jacket, bc I didn't want any dust to come into the speaker/mic as it would when in my jeans pocket. Big mistake, I know now.

    Point is, I think used phones are in rather bad shape, especially ones that are that old. But if I get one for around 250 I might reconsider.
     

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