where to buy legally unlocked iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by neilspartacus, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. neilspartacus macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Hi there I am planning to buy a legally unlocked iphone because ill be travelling to 4 different countries in the nest 1 year and will want to use iphone everywhere.

    Is there any help thread on buying a legally unlocked iphone 3g that will still have warranty and be able to connect to itunes and install updates and everything else that regular carrier locked phones can do?

    If there is no thread please help me with my buying....ill be in Australia by end of this month, can I buy a legally authorized unlocked iphone with warrenty in Australia? How much is the price for the 8gig model?

    Anticipating help from the forum!
  2. rKunda macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2008
    It's not "illegal" to unlock the phone, in a criminal sense. It does violate Apple's policy regarding the phone, however. To do so is (in theory) to void the warranty.

    I think you lose some functions when you unlock and swap carriers, like visual voicemail.

    I could be wrong on both counts. Hope I haven't wasted your time.
  3. neilspartacus thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Illegal always does not mean in a criminal sense :) isnt it? any agreement that is broken can be illegal!

    Well all I want to know is where and how in Australia can I buy authorized/legally unlocked iphone 3g that wont loose its warrenty and that will allow me to connect to itunes sync my music (also my collection on the ipod) and then allow me to install firmware updates without any bricking.
  4. rKunda macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2008
    I suppose that's right. Illegal as commonly used, though, means against a governmental law. I suppose you could use it describe breaking some other kind of rule. Though that might lead to confusion. :p
  5. Switz213 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    If you buy an iPhone in Australia, you can only have it serviced IN australia.
  6. satty macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    You can't beat Wellington on a good day
    As far as I know in following countries iPhones can be bought "officially" unlocked:
    New Zealand
  7. ^0^eddiE macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    let me update the list a bit as well: :)

    Hong Kong
    Macau (where i am) <when i bought mine from the official carrier, they activated it for me straight away in the store. i have put in different sims from different mobile networks, they all work fine! (lucky me! as i travel very often.>

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