Will an Australian iPhone work in the Canada?

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  1. Lucas111 macrumors newbie

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    I'm considering buying an iPhone 3GS here in Australia, from the Apple store, outright it costs AU$879.

    But I might be moving to Canada at the end of this year, so will my iPhone 3GS work in Canada (and the US) if I just get a new SIM card after i move?

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Not unless you unlock it.
     
  3. Totti macrumors member

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    The ones off the Apple Store (AU) come unlocked, I was told.
     
  4. Lucas111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    From the Apple Store page (AU):
    iPhone 3G & iPhone 3GS purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier. Simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS and connect to
    iTunes 8.2 to complete activation.2 Purchase limitations may apply.


    So does that mean its compatible with the networks in Canada and the US?
     
  5. orpheus1120 macrumors 65816

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  6. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    You'll need a Canadian GSM SIM card from a carrier such as Rodgers.
     
  7. Captain Awesome macrumors regular

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    Rogers is good, just avoid Fido. I've had experience with both.
     
  8. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Factory unlocked iPhones work anywhere there is a GSM carrier. You just need to buy a SIM card and activate the phone using iTunes.

    It won't lock the phone as the unlock involves the IMEI number and a central database showing which are and aren't unlocked.
     
  9. Lucas111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool that answers my question, thanks everyone!
     
  10. hinchesk macrumors member

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    Hmmm

    I wonder what I'd have to do for Apple to stick my IMEI number in their database. Whatever it is I likely couldn't do the time for it.
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Here you just pay your provider a nominal fee and they'll do it.
     
  12. dave006 Contributor

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    All of the new iPhone 3GS units sold by Apple in Austraila in the Apple.com store are sold SIM "Unlocked". You just need to get a new SIM once you get to Canada. Just a reminder that you will not have any warranty coverage in Canada for your iPhone 3GS that you purchase in Australia.

    The part number determines where the iPhone designated to be sold and the warranty is only valid in that country. :(

    Dave
     

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