UK iPhone 3G in Australia

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by slashjunior, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. slashjunior macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2007
    Hey there,

    In the not to distance future I will be travelling to Australia for 6 months :cool: , but I have a couple of issues regarding the iPhone 3G before I go!

    I currently have an official iPhone 3G with O2-UK. Obviously going there for that period of time I have decided that getting a pre-paid SIM card will be the best option. I notice Vodafone is one of the official carriers of the iPhone in Australia. Would it be possible to just buy a pre-paid Vodafone Australia SIM and I am good to go or am I going to have to jailbreak and unlock? I am not sure whether iPhones come the same worldwide or whether UK phones are only tied to O2-UK or whether you can use it with other official carriers worldwide like AT&T, Rogers, T-Mobile Germany etc.

    Second problem. I am planning to travel light plus I don't want to take anything too valuable so will hopefully be leaving my MacBook at home. I know the iPhone is a phone and it should work without a computer for 6 months no problem. However, I am slightly concerned that IF something does go wrong which might happen in 6 months of heavy use then I would have no way of connecting it up to my MacBook to do a restore. I can't really afford that to happen. I could take an unlocked backup phone. Would you use the iPhone 3G for 6 months without connecting to the computer? Am I being paranoid? I have thought about buying a cheap netbook for around £160 and using that, but the cheapest ones use Linux, and Linux + iPhone is a completely different problem!

    Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    It will only work there if you unlock and jailbreak.

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