UK: Can the PAYG iPhone 3G be used on Virgin Mobile?

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  1. TheEpicFilmCo macrumors regular

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    Hi
    I might buy an unlocked iPhone 3G from eBay.
    Would I just be able to pop in a Virgin Mobile sim card and it'll all work fine?
    Thanks very much, Danny.
     
  2. OllyW Moderator

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    If the phone is unlocked you just need to know the Virgin Mobile carrier settings for data and MMS.

    Visual Voicemail won't work.
     
  3. TheEpicFilmCo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry but I'm a bit of a noob. Will it or won't it work??
     
  4. Interpolation macrumors regular

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    Yes if you iphone is unlocked. Assuming you bought it in the UK, then currently it is locked to O2. From the 10th November you should be able to unlock and put any sim in, once O2 unlock it. According to various reports O2 will take 15 days to unlock an iphone.
     
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  6. TheEpicFilmCo thread starter macrumors regular

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    So if i bought a iPhone which is not unlocked, just brand new from Apple, how would I be able to unlock it? Would I have to jailbreak it?
     
  7. vlinkz macrumors regular

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    You would download one of the many applications that can jailbreak the iPhone and use that to unlock it. It's a simple process really.
     
  8. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    You need to be a bit wary if you are thinking of buying a new phone. Apple recently changed the bootloader so that current jailbreaks won't work, and if you can't jailbreak you can't unlock. I think if you bought one from Apple now chances are it would have the new bootloader, and you'd be stuck on O2.

    In the future there will perhaps be a solution, but right now there isn't.
     
  9. TheEpicFilmCo thread starter macrumors regular

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    When did Apple start doing this to iphones?
    Then I can ask the ebayer when they bought it to check if it's still
    jailbreak-able.
     
  10. STEVESKI07 macrumors 68000

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    The new bootloader he is talking about is only available on the newest batches of 3GS phones. This means that the chances of getting a used 3GS on ebay that has this bootloader are probably about 1%. Your gettin a 3G anyways, so you have nothing to worry about though.
     

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