USA iPhone 3G O2 UK

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lunaxp, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. lunaxp macrumors newbie

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    If i purchased an iphone from the usa, and wanted to use it in the uk how could i get it to work with o2?

    If i updated the frimware in the uk would that make it work with o2?

    Is there unlock software coming out for the 3g anytime soon?

    If there anywhere i can get a new UK iphone 3g 16gb black without contract and not from ebay?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Rigsby macrumors regular

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    I'd give it 20 minutes then bump the thread again.

    [Moderator note: bumping is against forum rules and will cause the thread to be closed.]

    But to give you a short answer - you'd need to unlock the iPhone, and the unlock hasn't been released yet.

    If you want a UK iPhone you'll have to go to O2, CPW or the Apple Store. If you are really desperate and want to avoid eBay then you could try a cheap flight to Italy or Switzerland where you can get unlocked PAYG phones.
     
  3. philgilder macrumors 68000

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  4. lunaxp thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. Rigsby macrumors regular

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    If you can't afford the contract can you realistically afford the premium of buying an imported phone from elsewhere? Yes, you can get a cheap PAYG plan, but over the course of 18 months would the saving equate to the extra cost?

    One analysis elsewhere on the forum had the saving - for an equivalent service (minutes, texts and data) of around £15 per month. That's only £270.

    Sorry if I seem a bit terse, but there are a lot of people posting complaints about a lack of PAYG in some countries as if they are somehow owed a phone by Apple.
     
  6. lunaxp thread starter macrumors newbie

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    only 270???!!!?!?!!!! You obviously have the money to burn! im just gona wait for PAYG for christmas time.
     
  7. Rigsby macrumors regular

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    The point I'm making is that importing a PAYG phone will likely have a premium. Either your travel costs, or profit for the 'importer', which is likely to be around the same or more than the extra cost of a contract over 18 months.

    Apple and the telecom companies are not going to make the same mistake of letting cheap handsets onto the Market without covering their costs again.
     

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