Unlocked iPhones in France?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kevindosi, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. kevindosi macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2006
    I just moved to France and am looking at buying an iPhone with a plan (probably with Bouygues). I won't be here forever and will be moving back to the U.S. in, say, 7 months. So, I was wondering if I buy an iPhone here can I use it or unlock it to be used in the US once I move back?
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Pretty sure they sell factory unlocked phones in France. You can use them anywhere.

    Same story here, if you want an iPhone you have the choice of five carriers or outright, unlocked purchase through apple.com.au or an Apple Store.
  3. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    They don't sell them factory unlocked in France, but the carriers are legally required to unlock them at the end of the contract. I think they can make a small charge.

    Check with each of the three iPhone carriers what their policies are for unlocking - ie when they will do it and what they charge you. I think I read on here that Orange will do it after 6 months for example.
  4. Badfoot macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2009
    London, UK
  5. E3BK macrumors 68030


    Mar 15, 2008
    Can they unlock a US AT&T phone to work on their network?

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