two questions about iphone - are unlocked for sale

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by absolutic, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. absolutic macrumors regular

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    I have a friend in Germany who asked me

    1) can a non-US citizen buy an iphone 4 in the US with no commitment?
    2) can a sim card be then replaced in it so it can be operated in Germany or is it locked to AT&T and cannot be unlocked.

    I remember at one point they were selling iphones with no commitment, then they started selling them at credit card only, and I don't remember how the story ended.... so what are they doing these days: Can I buy an iphone 4 with no commitment (provided it will cost me more of course) and do I need to show US Passport/ Drivers License and do I have to pay with credit card?

    I told him to look on ebay of course as another route. But what's their policy right now?
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    1. Yes, you could buy one full price.
    2. No, all USA iphones are locked to AT&T and will not work with any other carriers sims.
     
  3. absolutic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hm... I have not checked but can one jailbreak their phone so it works with sim from any carrier, or has it been disabled?
     
  4. darkside flow macrumors 6502

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    Canada sells iPhone 4s unlocked with no commitment. I'd suggest he look into the route.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Right now new iphones sold with firmware 4.1 and 4.2.1 cannot be unlocked.
    Possibly in the future there will be a new hack but then with SHSH's, baseband versions, firmware etc... it can get complicated and if you're not carefull you can get stuck with an unusable phone.
    Best bet would be to get a factory unlocked iPhone IMO.
     
  6. iKrl macrumors regular

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    Mexico has unlocked iPhones too, France and the UK sell unlocked iPhones, that woul be easier for him wouldn't it?
     
  7. absolutic thread starter macrumors regular

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    I kind of did not ask him why he was asking me, they don't sell these in Germany?
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    They do but they're probably cheaper in the US but with that comes a lock to AT&T.
     
  9. supermac96 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes do this.
     

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