What can I do with my iPhone without a carrier?

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  1. dadazz macrumors newbie

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    I live in Canada. If I buy a $769 32 gig iphone 4 from apple.com/ca, I won't be able to do anything significant on it until I sign up with a carrier, correct? Also, what would "jailbreaking" it mean? I mean, I know it unlocks the root folder, but what's the advantage of that?
     
  2. AFPoster macrumors 65816

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    If you buy it and haven't signed up with a carrier you can use it as a iPod Touch basically. Also if you jailbreak and unlock you can place it on any carrier, from my understanding.
     
  3. nivekr11 macrumors regular

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  4. dadazz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sweet, so the only thing not functional is the phone function and 3G networking? Basically an enchanced iPod Touch?

    To my understanding, a factory unlocked iPhone from Apple can be used on any carrier.
     
  5. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

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    Yes, iPod Touch with IPS display, GPS, and better camera. Also yes, an unlocked iPhone can be used on any GSM carrier.
     
  6. dadazz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That clears a lot of things up for me. Thanks. But about jailbreaking, what would that do besides just accessing the root file?
     
  7. mad-dog-one macrumors 6502

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    If you throw it just right, the smooth flat surfaces should allow it skip really nicely on a lake or a slow moving river.
     
  8. rrider77 macrumors newbie

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    If you jailbreak it you can download cracked apps on it. You can also download apps that are not in the app store.
     
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Hmm.

    AFAIK, you can't do anything with it (except emergency calls) until it's been activated at least once... or if you use a third party tool (like pwnage) to get past that.

    Has that changed?
     
  10. iPhonePhreak macrumors member

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    You can ask for a microsim card from a carrier of your choice or if they only give you a sim card you can buy a microsim cutter online (Ebay, Amazon, etc)
     
  11. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

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    Factory unlocked iPhones can be activated with any SIM.
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, pretty much use it as an ipod touch.
     
  13. dadazz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really? I don't know - I'm considering buying one, but I need to get all the facts first before I dish out 800 dollars.
     
  14. SoraLimit macrumors regular

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    That isn't what jailbreaking is about. But that's another argument. ;)

    If you want to know more about jailbreaking, then go to modmyi. It's a more detailed community about the jailbreaking scene.
     
  15. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

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    Yes, it needs to be activated, but it's very easy to activate an unlocked iPhone. Just stick any microSIM in it, connect it to iTunes and a minute later, it's activated.
     
  16. SlamJam12 macrumors regular

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    Purchase

    Please correct me if I am wrong. When a consumer purchases the iPhone 4, they must activate it at AT&T to be used properly as it is. Is it possible that a consumer could buy an iPhone without having to enter into an agreement and just enjoy the it for use of music?
     
  17. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

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    The OP is Canadian and he is buying an unlocked i4 directly from Apple.
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, thats possible.
    It can be bought full price without a contract but in the US it will still be locked and only work with AT&T sims.
     
  19. SlamJam12 macrumors regular

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    I'm assuming it's impossible to do it in the U.S.
     
  20. SlamJam12 macrumors regular

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    I can use it as an iPod touch but locked and only worked with AT&T sims. What do you mean locked and only worked with AT&T sims? Does that only apply to the phone part of the device or can I not listen to the music I sync on my computer through iTunes as well?
     
  21. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

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    I believe it's either impossible or very difficult. i believe they will ship only to Canadian addresses and bank information during payment must also confirm as Canadian.
     
  22. Roo Zilla macrumors regular

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    In the US, almost all phones sold are carrier locked. That means you can only use the phone with the carrier you purchased it from. If it's an AT&T phone, you cannot use it with T-mobile and vice versa. Verizon and Sprint use different encoding methods, so their phones are completely incompatible with AT&T even if they were unlocked.

    For iPhone, it's a bit more complicated because it has a lot of other uses besides just making phone calls. If you can get it activated, all you have to do is get your hands on an AT&T microSIM, then you can use the iPhone as basically an iPod on steroids.
     

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