Questions about buying O2 iPhone for Unlocking

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Kardashian, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. Kardashian macrumors 68020

    Kardashian

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    I'm buying an O2 iPhone on the 9th, provided some of you can maybe re-assure me on a few points.

    I wanted to create one thread where I could get all my quesions answered.. as there as so many iPhone threads out there, even the search feature confuses me!

    Basically, I want to know/would like some valid guesses on:

    1. Will all Carphone Warehouse stores stock the iPhone on the 9th? I live in a relativley small town, and they normally have everything in stock. Just checking larger city-located stores weren't getting priority. Maybe some of you work for CPW and know?

    2. Being a UK iPhone, I'm guessing the software will be slightly different to that of a US phone. Phone numbers and such are displayed differently. I'm pretty sure I've seen some threads about changing a .pref file or something on the US-iPhones that changes the number formatting to the UK style (ie: 01234 567890). Does this mean the unlock method already out there for 1.1.1 phones might not work due to some changes to the software?

    3. Where do I go to get the 1.1.1 unlocked? From what I understand, there are 2 versions: one, which damages the base band, and a second one which will allow future upgrade and unlocking (iPhone firmware hacking permitting, of course..).

    4. (Last of all, thankfully). Should the iPhone be un-unlockable, ie: the method used on US phones does not work on the UK ones - can we get a refund?

    I know for a fact O2 will not accept me on a contract (we live at a blacklisted address after my parents very much divorce, and for some reason, Vodafone and O2 hate me now because of this!) - so my only option would be to use it unlocked on my amazing T-Mobile contract.

    But, Carphone Warehouse do not offer any cash refunds - no matter what. They simply offer and exchange or in-store credit. I don't want to be left with a £260 credit note, when I want the iPhone.

    Anyway, I would really appreciate your answers/opinions.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. logicpro7 macrumors 6502a

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    Get on the train and visit your nearest o2 or Apple store.

    I dont like carphonewarehouse too, and even though they are my nearest store on the 9th i will be going into the o2 store to grab one!
     
  3. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

    Kardashian

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    Nearest ones are Birmingham. I'm on the seaside in Wales.. so I'd have a lot travelling! Maybe I should go on the 10th instead?

    Less busy? But.. will they have enough stock?

    Don't wanna spend £25 and travel all that way for nothing.. :(
     
  4. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

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    Im in wales, and i plan to go to an O2 store. At least you can get refunds etc. Its a shame theres no apple store in the south west at all! I'd be happy for on in bristol, cardiff or swansea.
     
  5. logicpro7 macrumors 6502a

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    www.apple.com/uk then?

    Just order online from thew luxury of your home and wait a day or two longer?:eek:
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    4. Unlikely. Obtaining a full refund is usually at the discretion of the retailer, usually with the box and product unopened or if the product is faulty... I wouldn't bet on it at all.
     
  7. roblawton macrumors 6502

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    I think with regards to the questions about unlocking the iPhone, and the software/firmware differences between UK & US iPhones...

    We'll have to wait and see. I think no-one knows (apart from El-Jobso) what the differences between the UK and the US versions will be.
     
  8. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

    Kardashian

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    Where do you plan to go? Swansea?

    Hmm.. I spose I could. And, that way, I suppose I would almost be guaranteed stock and have the ability to get my money back - should I not be able to unlock it. As I know for a fact, 100%, despite me getting my credit report from Experian and its blank, totally clean - they will not accept me without a £650 'deposit'.
     
  9. Kardashian thread starter macrumors 68020

    Kardashian

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    CPW, for some reason, do not give cash refunds. And with it being at their discretion, I've more of a chance of hell freezing over.

    What do you think:

    A) Apple Store or O2 Store in Birmingham on the Friday/Saturday? Will they be likely to have enough stock?
    B) Wait and order from Apple, Online?

    As usual BV, thanks for the help :)
     
  10. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    A, there will be plenty in stock.
     
  11. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

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    Nah, I live in Bridgend, and we've got 2 CPWs and an O2 store. Im going to get one on launch day, even if I have to go to all 3 to find one. But if not, the Apple online store it is!
     

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