Will a sim free Iphone 3Gs bought in US work in Ireland?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by roguejedi, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. roguejedi macrumors newbie

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    Hi,A 8Gig Iphone 3Gs without a contract costs >400euro in Ireland, can I buy one sim free from the US and will it work in Ireland - all functionality?

    Thanks.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think so: even SIM free iPhones in the US are locked to AT&T I think.
     
  3. MrBrekke macrumors 6502

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    iPhones are not unlocked originally. you would need to jail break it. i bought my 3Gs in ireland and i have moved to norway after that. all my phones are working perfectly. google: Dev Team and read up on that.

    to answer your question.

    without having it legally unlocked by Apple or free it from jail yourself it will not work with any carriers in Ireland. you will end up with a expensive iPod touch.

    carphone warhorse in ireland have the old bah of 3Gs and can be freed. if you are in cork at the end of patrick street almost in grand parade there is a cw outlet i got mine there.
     
  4. roguejedi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Yes I understand it wont work straight away and I have to "jailbreak" it, but assuming I can do this rather inexpensively, will it work then. Would it just be like a sim free phone then in that I could put any sim in it??
    Thanks...

    PS. how much could I order a sim free 8G Iphone for in the US? $200???
     
  5. MrBrekke macrumors 6502

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    It will work as any other unlocked phone. but i don't think you can find a 3g for only 200 us. if buying now i would advice to get the 3Gs instead.

    You need to add import tex to ireland also if ordering abroad. so add 21,5 % on top of ther price you can get it for and you will have the total.
     
  6. iFerd macrumors 6502a

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    The $200 price in the US is for a subsidized phone from AT&T. Getting that price requires a two year contract for service with AT&T. A contract free phone will likely cost quite a lot more.
     
  7. MrBrekke macrumors 6502

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    500 usd would be around the same as 400 Euros so actually better of buying it in a shop in ireland and jailbreak it.

    no need for turbo sim. why would OP need that?

    all iPhones can be unlocked by software only. if it is legal or not is a different thing.
     

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