unlock here then use foreign sim later?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by uneducated dave, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. uneducated dave macrumors member

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    i have an iphone in the uk, locked to o2. however, i'm going to be studying in france from tomorrow until may, and would like to get a french pay as you go sim card to use in it whilst i am there.

    the problem is, i can't take my imac. could i use pwnagetool to unlock it whilst here, then put the french sim card in after my arrival in france? my o2 sim would be in the iphone when i got to france, then i'd swap them over. is this possible, or would i need to unlock it again?

    any help would be VERY much appreciated!
     
  2. StoneColdSober macrumors 6502

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    Is it a 1st gen iPhone or an iPhone 3G? If it is an iPhone 3G there is no software unlock. If it is a 1st gen then you should just be able to unlock it without any issues.
     
  3. Arisian macrumors 68000

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    1 gen will work. I use my cingular sim here and my china sim in china.

    granted, thats china.
     
  4. nabisco macrumors newbie

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    any luck with this dave? I'm going to be in a similar position to you in a couple of days...
     
  5. overxout macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the same boat. I'll be moving to France from the US in only 17 days with my iPhone 3G. I've been scouring the internet trying to find a way to maintain usability without paying through the.. well, you get the idea.

    Any suggestions and previous experiences are greatly appreciated! Thanks.
     
  6. fastgraham macrumors member

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    sim card thing

    This may or may not help you, but I go to Hong Kong frequently and I have a Hong KOng sim card that I used to use in my cheap Hong Kong cell phone. Recently, I got an Iphone 3G. I tried to just put my HK sim card into it, but it gave me an error.

    In HK I was able to buy this very thin thing called the gevey-3G. Basically, it lets me use any sim card in my Iphone without jailbreaking, unlocking, or whatever. It cost about $35 US.

    Of course, I have to use my HK phone number, but that is what I was doing anyway. So, you will have to buy a French sim card with a French phone number, but you will be able to use your Iphone.

    If you do this, there is one other thing: when you sync your iphone to your computer, you must set it to airplane mode, then to get a signal back, switch it off of airplane mode and restart it.

    Good luck.
     

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