Unlocked Italian phone in UK (Photos!)

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  1. spinstorm macrumors 68000

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    Some photos to prove it just in case anyone wondered!

    I am in the UK where O2 is the official "locked" network!

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  2. Flhusky macrumors 6502a

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    :confused:
    and your point?
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    Unlocked phones have a habit of working on their hardwares network no matter the carrier.
    eg my unlocked iPhone 2g works fine on T-Mobile AT&T/Cingular in the USofA and O2 Vodaphone DT in the EU.
     
  3. Nipz macrumors 65816

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    What did you use to unlock it? Or was it unlocked from the start?
     
  4. Ol!ver macrumors 6502a

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    His point is the 3G iPhone isn't meant to be unlockable yet.
     
  5. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    That shows the real reason Apple didn't go with Vodafone in the UK, there isn't room to fit their name on. :D
     
  7. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    You can get the iPhone 3G factory unlocked in a few countries, and carriers are providing unlock codes for it in a few others.
     
  8. Hudzilla macrumors 6502a

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    So did you just get one from an italian website, and just put your sim card in?

    Also, how much did you pay, and which website if you don't mind sharing?
     
  9. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    I know where you are now and am going to track you down.
     
  10. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

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    yes, I want to know this too
     
  11. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    yeah because that dot doesn't cover a 70km wide area... :p
     
  12. ParishYoung macrumors 6502a

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    I'm glad to see confirmation that it can be done. Esp as I'm off to Italy later in the year.

    Now I just need to know how you got it.

    Many thanks.

    Also, I wonder if you'll keep the unlock following a software update from Apple.
     
  13. welshy1812 macrumors member

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    I should be making a stop in Italy at some point this year, hope to pick up a factory unlocked 3G iPhone as I'd like to be able to upgrade to new versions of the firmware without worrying about 'bricking' like I do with my current iPhone.
     
  14. spinstorm thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I got it off eBay but at a large premium - we are talking £650 for an 8GB iPhone unlocked!

    Obviously you take a risk getting it off ebay but the guy I got it from had good feedback so I took the chance!

    As for activation - all you have to do is put ANY SIM in the phone and iTunes will activate the phone.

    You do NOT need an italian SIM to activate it.

    However if you were to buy it in italy you would have to buy a pay as you go SIM and give the phone shop your name and contact information because italian law requires anyone who buys a phone there to register it to themselves.
     
  15. ParishYoung macrumors 6502a

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    You make it sound so easy.

    I'm surprised there aren't more on eBay.

    I'm holding out for white one though.

    Then again rumour has it that my network of choice (and employer) will be selling the iPhone later this year. But that's for another thread.

    Congrats on getting one though. I am jealous.
     
  16. spinstorm thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The same guy is actually selling a white 16GB but at £800! But if you interested its available.

    But that is very expensive!
     
  17. Abu Tech macrumors member

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    @ spinstorm

    I think you have answered this but I just want to be sure. Is it possible when getting a factory unlocked iphone from abroad that it can be activated via itunes in the UK. I am considering getting my relatives in New Zealand to purchase an iphone on my behalf as they are due to visit the UK soon.

    It would simply be too much hassle for them to download itunes and activate it in NZ and I would also want to make sure that the handset is not relocked when updating firmware via iTunes.

    Hope you can help,

    Thanks.
     
  18. spinstorm thread starter macrumors 68000

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1937?locale=en_GB

    That page lists all the countries that currently have iPhone 3G and if they are locked, unlocked or can be unlocked by the network.

    New Zealand is down as TBD - in other words I don't know if it is unlocked or not!

    If it is locked then it won't work here in the UK - it simply won't accept any SIM other than a New Zealand SIM!

    And then even if you have a SIM from there to activate it with - no other SIM from the UK will work with it unless the devteam come up with an unlock!

    That is the best information I have direct from Apple!

    However if the phone is factory unlocked then any SIM will activate it including UK SIM cards.
     

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