Is the UK iPhone completely identical to the USA iPhone?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by MD5Hash, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. MD5Hash macrumors member

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    So, even when I offered to pay AT&T $700 for an unlocked iPhone that I could use here in Jordan while working, they told me that it was impossible. Now before you call me a brainless n00b, I thought that I had heard way back before either the EDGE or 3G iphones were released that the iPhone was available for purchase as unlocked, you just had to pay a much larger fee for them. Guess I was wrong though.

    So, after they get bumped again, I figure that when I take a vacation in the UK in the summer, I'll check these out - http://www.o2.co.uk/iphone/paygo - for £399 or whatever their current price. The Jordanian Dinar and the Pound are right next to each other (at the moment) so it's not such a bad deal as it would be if I still had to deal with US currency.

    I was hoping that it could be confirmed from you wise forum members that the UK O2 iphone can be used easily with any network, completely unlocked, can be used with the USA app store (where I have my credit card) and all that, etc etc. Better to be safe than sorry and ask!

    Any advice you can give me would be appreciated. :eek:
     
  2. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    Well that's the whole point of unlocking, so it can be used on other networks, so that shouldn't be a problem :p

    And the App Store will be tied to the iTunes account you use on your computer. So if you use the US store, that's the version of the App Store that will be available on your phone.
     
  3. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    As far as I understand, that phone isn't unlocked. It's just made available to use without a contract. I don't think you can use it with any other network, just O2. It's the same as AT&T's pay as you go iPhone in the U.S.
     
  4. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    T-Mobile in Germany will sell you an unlocked iPhone...
     
  5. MD5Hash thread starter macrumors member

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    Excellent; that sounds like a good plan. I have been hoping to visit Germany for quite awhile and it sounds like a good deal. Would the German phone need to be wiped to get it to specialize in English, or can I put it the way I like just by altering the settings? I don't speak more than 5 words of German :p
     
  6. macbookhamburg macrumors regular

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    just use the settings ... they are all the same :)
    they are expensive though (and right now i wasn´t able to find a link to a phone without a contract) i think they are cheaper in austria...
     
  7. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you'd have to wipe the iPhone for it to be English, mac localization is pretty straightforward. You'll want to contact T-Mobile Germany of course before you get things going, things may have changed from last I knew. Vodaphone filed an injunction against T-Mobile over their unlocking policy; German courts ruled in favor of T-Mobile but that was a few months back.
     
  8. macbookhamburg macrumors regular

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    that all changed, the whole vodafone thing was with the iphone 2g and only lasted about 2 weeks but now i heard the offer an official one unlocked, like in austria and italy for examample
     
  9. MD5Hash thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks everyone! You have given me hope... :)

    Thanks for all the help so far chaps, it's been great. Yeah, Apple and their telecom succubi are always going to be treading a thin, dangerous line between us wanting to be good customers that follow "their rules" and then making it so stupid and difficult just to be an international traveler that I'll just get annoyed and jailbreak a phone from the USA (after canceling AT&T's contract, paying the $300 termination or whatever it is).

    There's no rush on it right now; I am definitely waiting until the next version and maybe even the one after that before making a move. Right now, I am already on the border of "consumers/prosumers" and I may need a phone that is actually a professional smartphone, which the iPhone is still not, for business. We'll see how Apple does in that department.
     

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