Is there any way to buy iPhone 4 without a contract?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Andrewp49, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Andrewp49 macrumors newbie

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    I'm keen to get the new
    iPhone, unfortunatly they are only going to avalible here in South Africa towards the end of the year and I really don't want to wait that long. I have an uncle who lives in the states that in coming to visit in about 3 weeks time. What would be he best way for him to get a phone for me?

    Thanks for the help,
    Andrew
     
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  3. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    I don't believe the iPhone 4 is available yet as a no-contract option. Even if it was, if purchased in the States, even unsubsidized iPhones are locked to AT&T.

    Unless the Dev Team produces an unlock option soon, it looks like you're going to have to be patient, or find a way to purchased an unlocked model from a country where they're available.
     
  4. ranguvar macrumors 6502

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    I don't know if your uncle is coming through Europe during his travel. In Europe, unlocked iPhones are quite common (available in UK, France, Italy, ...). Otherwise, you can try to befriend a European soccer fan and make him send you an iPhone :)
     
  5. BurningJah macrumors regular

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    TRUE OOH SO TRUE!!
    I bought mine without a contract! because even with a contract you buy them for 575 € ( 3GS 16gb price ) the new one will cost around 629 if the source is correct ( no official price )
    If I'm correct europe recently abolished the law in bonded sales ( or was is only belgium left ) long story short in belgium it was prohibited to sell cellphones with a contract attached to that. koppelverkoop was it called!
     
  6. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    Head over to Canada for a weekend. They're unlocked there too

    pac
     
  7. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    Not true. All of them are locked to a network. The carriers do not even sell unlocked iPhones in Canada.

    Plus, the iPhone 4 hasn't yet been announced for Canada. :(
     
  8. fartheststar macrumors 6502a

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  9. schaabie macrumors member

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    Untrue, the 3GS and 4 will be sold unlocked in Canada.
     
  10. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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  11. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Ever since the iPhone 4 was available for preorder in the states. I remember going to the Apple site on June 15 and seeing all the info about it being commitment free and unlocked if bought outright through Apple.
     
  12. fartheststar macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty awesome I say.
     

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