just a thought about getting non-contract iphones

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  1. mhuk01 macrumors 6502

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    Is there anything stopping you getting an iphone 3g tied to a contract, then after a week phoning up at&t/o2 or whatever carrier and saying your phone has been stolen and can you order a replacement?

    obviously you have to pay for the replacement (which would of course be more than 199 dollars), but then you have two 3g iphones, one to sell unlocked on ebay.
     
  2. CrazEtooN macrumors regular

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    Worst. Idea. Ever.

    They will kill the phone by its IMEI number.
     
  3. soberbrain macrumors 65816

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    Since you can only buy new iPhones in-store, they may only allow replacements to be in-store, too
     
  4. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    for a start, how would they know your imei number? isn't that something you have to give them (which you can't if you don't know it).

    also you don't have to say its stolen, you can just say you broke it. Surely they aren't going to ask for proof?!
     
  5. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    and??! why would that be a problem?..
     
  6. CrazEtooN macrumors regular

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    They should have it attached to your account because the iPhone requires a new contract to activate.
     
  7. iBookfan macrumors 6502

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    Maybe you should just get a job instead of "stealing" from Apple. Do you really need those 300 bucks you can make out of all the trouble? :cool:

    Just my 2 cents
     
  8. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    have i missed something here? why would BUYING a replacement iphone by 'stealing' from apple?

    surely anyone is entitled replace a phone that has broken (and pay for that replacement). just because the phone hasn't broken shouldn't be a big deal. everyones happy as you are PAYING for the replacement, not STEALING it. lol maybe you should not be so quick to put people down.

    FYI i'm a uk student, i wouldn't be in a position to do this, I was merely speculating that this might be a way for 3g iphones to get onto ebay and unlocked.
     
  9. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    Did you ask this exact same question a few days ago?
     
  10. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no. are you trying to say i wasn't the first to come up with such a good idea?! :p
     
  11. metman787 macrumors member

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    Its not stealing. Its called using your brain to make a couple extra bucks. Its not illegal to do its just a loophole in the system. A lot of people use their brain to make money instead of just picking something to do as a career and working for someone else. Its a dog eat dog world out there everyone "steals" from everyone these days to make money

    I'm just ranting though because people say "just get a job" which really deprives creativity and intellect from a lot of people in this world, but you are probably right maybe he should "just get a job."
     
  12. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    you have to wait a month otherwise they force you to return the phone...

    that is probably what Im going to do
     
  13. PAH Mac macrumors member

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    I have no need to unlock an iPhone but with Apple suddenly selling in 70 countries, won't there most likely be places where iPhones could be purchased unactivated (so many different companies involved)? I could see a market developing where Americans who want to unlock would buy from someone overseas. Is this unlikely?
     
  14. iBookfan macrumors 6502

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    You're right.. just seen from a capatilist' POV :rolleyes:
     
  15. mhuk01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    are maybe you shouldn't judge people you don't even know? like i said, i'm not interested in doing this, i just want to be able to get an unlocked iphone 3g like many others as soon as it hits the shelves.

    i'm sorry but if you think there is something wrong with purchasing a replacement product from a company, well lets just agree to disagree. :p
     
  16. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    very... but it will cost us
     
  17. iBookfan macrumors 6502

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    Relax man, just shearing our views
     
  18. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    I'm saying exactly that: (well except the part about it being a "good idea")
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=498068

    Kind of weird though :confused:
     

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