Looking for Factory Unlocked iPhone 4

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by leons, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. leons macrumors 6502

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    I'm going to China in a couple of weeks and I have a friend who wants me to buy/bring him a factory unlocked Iphone 4. Does anyone have any guidance or advice on where to get one reliably at a decent price?
     
  2. SirStrumalot macrumors 6502

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    If you're in the US, you can't buy one that's unlocked.

    You could:
    • Buy one off contract but still locked to AT&T and then get it remotely (factory) unlocked (add ~$175 to retail price)
    • Try and score one on ebay, but this method is something you should try at your own risk. Also, at this point in time, I'm sure a lot of these people are unlocking it via the IMEI method and selling at inflated prices.
    • If you can somehow make it to Canada, you can buy one unlocked at an Apple store there.
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Or have him buy a factory unlocked one in china.
     
  4. leons thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. I guess the reason he's asking is that their even more expensive in China. I wonder if I bought him a 'full retail' locked one if he could get it unlocked there. Seems they can do everything there. Any other ideas?
     
  5. macse30 macrumors regular

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  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    He could get a gevey turbosim to unlock or try those unlocking sites that charge $180.
     
  7. iApples macrumors 65816

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    $549
     
  8. macse30 macrumors regular

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    Really? What memory? I'll be up that way soon. I passed on i4 because 3GS was just fine and my contract wouldnt upgrade, but if we aren't getting 5 in June, I might sell 3GS, buy 4 unlocked, wait for 5 and new contract, then sell 4. Hmmm.
     
  9. Frankydan100 macrumors regular

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    Shame your not in the U.K, you can buy them direct from apple unlocked. Only prob is we pay alot more than in the U.S
     
  10. threezero macrumors 6502

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    Don't know where you got this 16gb is $649.99 not including tax. Tax here in Bc is 12%. So comes to approximate 750$ with tax. Not exactly cheap
     

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