Is Iphone bought in US going to work with an italian operator?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kapalua, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. kapalua macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
    Hi there I am Italian and would like to buy IPhone 3G here in NY. (In Italy it costs 599 Euros!!! They are crazy out there!!!).
    Is it LOCKED or UNLOCKED? :rolleyes:
    Is it true that as soon as they activate it at the local (US) Apple store it gets LOCKED and I cannot use it in Italy with local operator?
    Anybody can please help me with that? Is it true? What am I suppose to do?:confused:
  2. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Activation is required upon purchase.
  3. kapalua thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
    so no way out.....
  4. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    You can always sign the contract, cancel, pay the $175 early cancellation fee, then get charged the full price for the iPhone and then take it with you out of the country

    It would probably equal the price you would pay in Italy or fairly close.
  5. dedalo macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2008

    Are you a tourist in NY?

    If you do not have a Social Security Number (codice fiscale)
    it is impossible you will be able even to sign a contract with AT&T.

    Anyhow the phone is and will be LOCKED, so it seems in Italy they are not so crazy [I am Italian, btw, living in US].

    I actually think that the Italian deal is even better than the US one, since
    Italy is the only country (with Hong Kong) selling unlocked iphones 3G.

    Probably it might work the other way around: buy an Italian iphone (which is
    unlocked, by definition) and take it to NY. You will see that is highly possible people are wiling to pay much more than 500 Euros :)

    Salutami il Bel Paese !
  6. ooo macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2007
    When I was in Italy with my friend, he had the original iphone / jailbroken and unlocked and it worked on the vodafone network without a problem. I don't see why a 3g one won't work if it is unlocked.

    $200 + $175 = $375
    conversion to euro

    ~ 238 euros

    almost half the price

    599 euros is ~$953. When I was in italy 1 euro was $1.42, now the it is rise to about 1 euro = $1.6.
  7. kapalua thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2008
    OOO> the Us one seems to be locked.... (as long as you activate it it gets locked):eek:
  8. kis macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2007
    short answer: no.
    long answer: nope.

    And no - it's not true that it gets lockes "as soon as they activate it" - it was locked before that already. Apple sells locked ones directly to the providers.

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