Using iPhone 4 internationally

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Shifty88, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Shifty88 macrumors newbie

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    I'm pretty new to this whole wireless/smartphone business, so forgive me if this question seems daft.

    Say I were to buy an iPhone 4 for full price from Telus (my local, Canadian provider), could I use this phone internationally, say in Britain on a different network? Not just through roaming, but through sim card swap so I wouldnt be going through Telus whatsoever.
     
  2. Mercilesz macrumors newbie

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    yes, since canadian iphones are unlocked, just swap sim and go
     
  3. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    You can as long as the phone is unlocked and if the phone is locked then you either have to ask the carrier to unlock it (most don't) or jailbreak and unlock the phone yourself.
     
  4. Shifty88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Buying it for full price should ensure it is unlocked, no?
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Not all Canadian iphones are unlocked.
    The ones bought from an Apple store for full price without contract are factory unlocked.
    Others purchased thru resellers, carriers or other means are locked. Im not really sure if they can officially be unlocked later once the contract is up or for a fee though.
     
  6. Shifty88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What if Im just buying hte phone, no contract?
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Go to an Apple store in Canada and get one. You'd be fine buying a factory unlocked iphone with no contract.
     
  8. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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    If you buy the phone at full price from TELUS, it WILL be locked. If you buy at full price directly from apple via an apple store or apple.ca it will be unlocked.

    None of the carriers will unlock the phone.
     
  9. Shifty88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well based on prices I see on Apple.ca, Telus sells them cheaper. Also, not sure how the availability is in Apple stores, thats why I was curious if buying full price from Telus would amount to the same unlocked phone.
     
  10. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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    It will not. Besides the price difference from TELUS to apple is only $10 in the case of the 16.
     

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