iPhone is SO cheap on ebay uk

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by timmillwood, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. timmillwood macrumors 6502a

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    When the iPhone comes out in the UK it will be £269 on an 18 month contract. But the US iPhones can be obtained on ebay for only £300+£20 postage unlocked.

    my boss just got one and I was having a play today, i really want one, i think i will get one unlocked on ebay rather than on contract, well worth the extra £50 to not be tied into the 18 months.
     
  2. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a

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    I got my 8gb for 208£ including postage... now that IS cheap, (plus the buyer gave me $20 for posting it late)

    so the total price was the same as an 8GB iPod Touch :)
     
  3. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Don't forget the possibility of getting hit for import duties (VAT and a handling charge). That would add a tidy sum to your outlay, possibly another £65 or so.
     
  4. TheChillPill macrumors regular

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    You'll be able to buy the iPhone without a contract anyway (in so much as you don't have to sign for a contract at the same time), so I don't quite see the point of paying the extra? All you're paying for is having it already unlocked (and no guarantee that it will stay that way).
     
  5. sweetice2007 macrumors 6502

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    u sure about that
     
  6. TheChillPill macrumors regular

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    Positive - it's common knowledge. You buy the iPhone, take it home and do all the contract stuff there. If you wish to unlock it instead, using whatever means are around at the time, then that's your choice.
     
  7. 7on macrumors 601

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    that's the way it's done in the states. You buy the phone first without the contract.
     
  8. draperm25 macrumors regular

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    yep thats correct, you buy the iPhone for £269 in any Apple, O2 or CPW shop and take it home and do the contract trough iTunes, nothing else is done in=store, just purchasing the phone.
     
  9. timmillwood thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so if i wait a few weeks i can get myself a UK iPhone for £269, unlock it when i get home, and put an prepay sim in and never sign up with o2?
     
  10. bigandy macrumors G3

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    yes. same as in the US.
     
  11. sananda macrumors 68020

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    yes, assuming it has 1.1.1 on it. they might have a new version and then it will depend if the hackers can unlock that.
     
  12. maverick808 macrumors 65816

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    From UK training sessions we already know it will have at least 1.1.2 on it. So, currently, there is no known working unlock.
     
  13. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Are you able to tell us what U.K. training sessions those are?
     
  14. daneoni macrumors G4

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    It varies, i know someone who sold his for £399 including shipping.
     
  15. libraritine macrumors member

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    You do you mean it can become locked again?
     
  16. timmillwood thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    could I buy an iPhone locked to o2 and put an o2 sim in it and not sign up fro contract
     
  17. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    It certainly could if you update it after the unlocking.
     
  18. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    No, this cannot be done, otherwise we would all do that and go with a much better tariff.
     
  19. bumfilter macrumors regular

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    If o2 are doing this, surely they could block people from unlocking the iPhone and using an o2 SIM in it?

    So basically, if you buy and iPhone and unlock it, you have to use another provider?
     
  20. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    No, you can do it if you unlock the phone. You didn't mention unlocking it in your first post.
     
  21. dogtanian macrumors 6502

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    I watched an 8GB go for £188 a couple of weeks ago, dunno what the highest bid went up to but I've been kicking myself ever since...:(
     
  22. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    Wow. That is cheap. I would buy another one at that price...
     
  23. dogtanian macrumors 6502

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    T'other half wouldn't let me buy it as I've just spent almost two grand on Apple stuff. Ah well, my SE K800 has a better camera and 3G...............Oh who am I kidding I want an iPhone.
     
  24. roblawton macrumors 6502

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    I'm more than happy to queue up on the 9th Nov - plus I intend to use an o2 iPhone contract to make things easier - not having to update/jailbreak/etc... all the time with each software update.

    However, if I can get a cheap one off eBay before the release... I may do this.

    If I get a US iPhone, when I go through the activation process (after Nov 9th of course) will it still work the same, or will it know the difference between UK and US iPhones?

    Any ideas?
     
  25. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    It won't work on O2 because it will be locked to AT&T. You could unlock it of course.
     

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