traveling abroad...phone option?

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  1. jian macrumors regular

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    So I'm traveling to China and Japan next wednesday, super excited.
    but I have no phone there and I will need one to contact my friends and relatives in both countries.... I suppose I could use my cousin's 3 year old Android but that would suck, ultimately my friend said he will let me use his 3GS, but I really want to use my ATT 5S here...is it possible to unlock it or at least do what verizon does...unlock it for international use but still locked for domestic use?

    also..what about iPhone 5? are these unlock able?
    ATT said no because they are still in contract...I call it BS because i upgraded my 5S with cross upgrade and decided to give my 5 to my family member...could have unlocked it before signing that two year contract.
     
  2. kinetic6 macrumors newbie

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    using phone abroad

    I was in Shanghai and South Korea last year , I have an unlocked iPhone 5 already but the only plans I could find had no data. There were however many many cheap and unlocked phones for use over there. Just get the cheapest one. since you won't have data anyway. and their system is different and any phone you buy there will not work in the states. good luck
     
  3. jian thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I will be in Shanghai! I think my friend mentioned something like 100-ish RMB for 1gig of mobile data, that should be enough for the most part I think. I can swap iPhone 5 with my dad for the month, as long as it's known to work... otherwise I'd rather just bring my 5S and use it as a camera and iPod on the flight.
     
  4. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    do one of those $3 unlocks then. Make sure to set up a VPN when you go to china or facebook and a lot of your websites you visit wont work.
     
  5. jian thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried to find one of those 3 dollar unlocks, I thought I was able to find the more expensive ones on ebay for like 10-20 bucks, but nowhere I could find it anymore, they are now around 100-200, for that much money I'd rather get a used iPhone 4 or 5 or something. (my friend there in china told me 4S is almost a collectors item for being the last 'Jobs' phone, unbelievable...)

    any recommendation on the 3 dollar unlocks?
     
  6. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.swiftunlock.com/iphone/
     
  7. jian thread starter macrumors regular

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    somehow it's only letting me check my provider for 5 bucks, but even if I decide to perform a fake check and click next, it errors on me.
     
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