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Newest Edit: Now marking Expired as the price is has been shown to be too high if dinged VAT by other members. Also - here's an email from the fromus2eu.com. So the "safe" price is now going to be more than the Nov 9th UK launch. The one option though if you don't want 8GB is the 4GB one for $299 as that won't be sold in UK and is cheaper.

"Quote:
Thank you very much for your email and interest you have taken in our business.
We can purchase an iPhone on your behalf and ship it to the UK.
The total price for a 8Gb Apple iPhone is as follows:

$ 422.94 price for Phone incl 6% Pennsylvania State Salestax
$ 35.00 shipping to the UK by United States Postal Service
$ 22.89 5% for international banking
$ 35.00 service fee
Grand total: $ 515.00

Other Options:
· If you wish to pay by paypal the total is $ 535.00

(4% added because that is what they charge us for receiving payments)
· If you wish to receive you package by UPS or Fedex the total is $ 560.00

This includes tracking and tracing and insurance and is a faster way to receive your iPhone

The following conditions apply:
· Not included in the price are duties and taxes that may apply for the UK
· We cannot ship as gift, used or repaired item etc
· The iPhone is new in box and is NOT Simlock free. We can not advise you on how to get it to work in the UK
· The Apple warranty does not apply in the UK
· The iPhone is not returnable or refundable
· Quantities are limited, so we can only ship 1 iPhone per customer"


Edit: Read the discussion and price analysis by publicnme and dudedue. Worst case price is higher (if charged VAT) than first calculated. There are also two more cheaper options which are $299 4GB and $349 8GB refurb at the US Apple Store.

Alright it's official. No not the official Apple iPhone UK announcement today but the fact that rip-off Britain is still going strong. So let's look at the steps you need to follow to get the iPhone for under £260 (or £230) unlocked without a contract right now rather than £269 PLUS £35/month PLUS 18 month contract PLUS waiting until November 8th.

The big thing holding this plan back was the hope for a 3G iPhone. Well unless Apple is playing clever the UK launch is going to be the same EDGE/GPRS 8GB iPhone that is currently being sold in the US.

So here's the step by step guide to your ahead of the pack sub £260 iPhone. Please note that although I'm going to go through my recommendations that I can't be liable for any cock-ups that might happen along the way!

Step 1. Buy one from the US. It's currently $399 (£199.75) on the Apple.com site. Wait you need an American cc...and shipping address. No prob. There's plenty of services out there to handle this for you but many charge a sign-up fee or monthly fee. I used the services of lovely Dutchie Ellen who runs FromUS2EU.com and had no problems so I guess this is my personal vouch :) You pay Ellen (paypal or bank transfer) and then she will buy the iPhone for you, have it delivered and then re-ship to the UK by USPS (important!!). Her pricing is $35 plus 5% surcharge to cover currency exchange etc. That works out to a fee + iPhone cost of $453.95 (£226.85).

PRICE TALLY: iPhone ($399) + collect/reship costs = £226.85

Step 2. Have it shipped to you. Ok here's the thing. You want this item shipped by USPS because they will not charge a flat brokerage fee unlike couriers (UPS/DHL/etc) and if I'm being really honest...you have a high chance of not getting charged duty either altogether. Please be aware that any product over £18 value is liable for VAT! However, when shipping with national post carriers this often slips through. I am NOT advocating adjusting the value of the package etc, I"m just saying I've observed this with USPS quite often. If your parcel happens to attract VAT you'll have to add some cash on and this will bring you to $492.26 (£246.53). The shipping charge by USPS should be approximately $25 and should arrive in a week/10 days. You can pay more if you want it faster.

PRICE TALLY: (If charged VAT): iPhone + USPS + VAT = £291. (if not charged VAT): iPhone + USPS = £245

Edit: As noted in the beginning please read price analysis by publicnme and dudedue who figures final price at £245 or £291 worst case.

So your final cost to get this in your hands from the Apple Store to you in the UK is £245 best case scenario or £291 worst case scenario. Plus you'll be getting it more than a month before anyone else.

So now you have this lovely American iPhone but alas it has an AT&T sim and won't work with your UK network. However have no fear because geeks have been working iPhone overtime for several months now to release an increasingly simple software unlock. It's pretty straightforward right now to unlock but I bet by the time it's in your sweaty hands there'll be an even better software unlock.

Step 3. Unlock the iPhone. I am not going to link directly to a tutorial because by the time you get the phone the link would probably be outdated. Instead here is a link to the hackint0sh forum where they have the latest and greatest unlock software plus detailed tutorials on how to do it. Honestly almost any idiot can do this if you follow the steps and it only takes about 1/2 hour. The most complicated thing you will have to do is type a username and password in or create a folder on your computer. http://www.hackint0sh.org/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=127

Step 4. Pop in your lovely UK sim and enjoy!! You've got the hot phone a month before UK release with the same specs it is announced as having on the November 9th launch. You've also got a fully unlocked iPhone with no contract obligation for less than you would have to pay for the phone PLUS contract at o2.

Step 5. I was going to say something less than nice about certain UK networks or price plans but way-heh don't want the hassle of nastygrams ;)
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#1
Naughty but nice!
banned#2
what would happen if you receive a faulty phone, with being outside the EU there is no laws on cooling off periods and very few laws regarding warranties apparently?

P.s Yes the above was brought to my attention with another thread
#3
[COLOR=olive]Voted hot because of the effort and the method is darn clever too![/COLOR]
banned#4
How long will the process take from paying that site to buy it for you to reciveing it in your hands?

Will it only work with contract sims?
[admin]#5
The one year warranty that comes with it says that "Apple may restrict service to the fifty states of the united States of America and the District of Columbia". To be honest - unlocking it would probably count as unauthorised modification though.

If it was DOA then as it was shipped you could actually claim on USPS possible but otherwise ship it back to Apple US.

For cooling off period...well to be honest don't buy it unless you want it!

If you want to wait until Nov 9th presumably you should be able to buy in the Apple store and jailbreak it at home thus avoiding the warranty issues and avoiding the o2 contract. So really this is for people who really want it hehe.
#6
Wwow what a post :D

But how do I get it delivered to me by the USPS method? Surely apple won't ship it direct?
[admin]#7
How long will the process take from paying that site to buy it for you to reciveing it in your hands?


It took me about 18 days but my parcel was held up in customs presumably. Should have only taken 10 days or so.

Will it only work with contract sims?[/quote]

I have used a payg with it. Any sim should work although my Three sim doesn't seem to get along with it.
[admin]#8
Still there silverity:

http://www.fromus2eu.com/
1 Like #9
save yourself a few quid and buy a roll of electrical tape

http://patrickhaney.com/images/thinktank/rokr_tape_full.jpg
[admin]#10
Wwow what a post :D

But how do I get it delivered to me by the USPS method? Surely apple won't ship it direct?


You've got to read the post lol!!
banned#11
Silverity
Hmm, us2eu.com looks like it is gone.

FromUS2EU.com
#12
If FromUS2EU.com are reliable... this seems quite good... there are a few risks but that goes with almost anything....
#13
Silverity
Hmm, us2eu.com looks like it is gone.
Site seems to work for me... perhaps they went off line temporarily? Might be worth trying again...
#14
are there any issues with this?

1. Apple like to screw the consumer down to use their proprietary services, are there any issues/loss of functionality using iPhone on a 'grey' network. E.g., will itunes wifi store work? Plus the O2 firmware is newer, 1.1.1, with double tap quick song play access. Can you flash US iphone with O2 firmware? Would you want to? Isn't the chat functionality some SMS-linked thing designed to run up high SMS charges? Is this proprietary? Will it work on any network?

2. Also they like to update their software every couple of days to prevent you doing anything other than the Apple-approved way, is there any chance of the grey-market iphones being taken out?

3. The cost is £260 vs. £269 for the UK, i.e. for most people's purposes exactly the same price. US customers are supposed to take out an expensive contract, so are British ones, in both cases you can just buy the phone (locked) from Apple and unlock it.

Don't see why this is so great?
[helper]#15
Nice post admin - like the tip about US postage and duty - might try this with a xbox hddvd drive....
[admin]#16
dudedude - Yeah for sure having an unlocked phone is riskier in terms of updates than a standard one.

Point 1 - only thing that doesn't work is visual voicemail. No idea about the wifi store.

Point 2 - that's a risk but it's been stable so far.

Point 3 - whatever you do to unlock it in the UK will have the same implications as unlocking it with the US version. So might as well get it a month early and for less money.
#17
gari189
Nice post admin - like the tip about US postage and duty - might try this with a xbox hddvd drive....

Hey,Im going to Florida at 1/2 term October so if anybody wants one pm me:whistling:
#18
Don't any of you guys know any Americans personally who'd do this for you? This is the world wide web...I find it surprising most people don't have at least one or two American friends they'd trust to do this!
[admin]#19
Yep American friend is even better if you have one!
#20
Don't you need to sign up to a contract if you buy it in the States?
banned#21
Ye i have like 3 americans i would trust with my £260 personally but they wont do it for me lol
[admin]#22
Technically yes. But not if you unlock it. When you purchase the iPhone you can just buy it but it is locked/inactive as it is supposed to only activate when you buy a contract. However, the link at the end that shows how to unlock also activates it without a contract.
#23
Is the iphone any good? :)
banned#24
well for the extra £10 (if you get charged full wack) i think it makes more sense to get it on contract with the extra texts and minutes, full warranty and back up, and being able to pay for it over 18 months basically so voted cold


Oooops ok, i misread and thought the phone was free on contract, appologies to the OP :oops: :oops:
[admin]#25
Is the iphone any good? :)


I would say for ±£250 unlocked it beats the n95 at £400 (for payg) by about 5 years.
#26
sassie
well for the extra £10 (if you get charged full wack) i think it makes more sense to get it on contract with the extra texts and minutes, full warranty and back up, and being able to pay for it over 18 months basically so voted cold



You could put a free contract on it this way, and I think you would have to pay the £269 up front and then pay the line rental on top of that each month!
#27
I can't believe they sell it unactivated until you sign up to a contract with it, why don't they just give it to you once you get the contract? Isn't that jus asking for someone to hack it???
[admin]#28
Yeah. Supposedly the contract will work the same way here though and you can buy the iPhone from Apple but then jailbreak at home and thus avoid the contract.

So I think the decision on whether to do it is basically do you want to jailbreak it/avoid contract? If so then might as well buy the US one now and get it a month early for less money.

If you want the security of UK phone and warranty etc then pay the big upfront and monthly contract. Not sure if it's worth it then to be honest!!
banned#29
I use myus.com they are great!
#30
Great post and not too much more than the 8GB IPOD touch is over here. I doubt I'd go for the phone but I'll keep that URL for other stuff.
#31
Admin
Yep American friend is even better if you have one!


Or a family member who flies between countries twice a month :thumbsup:
[admin]#32
Btw looking at USPS - quicker shipping would be 1-3 days for $55 to UK or 5 days for $30.50 and 6-10 days is $20 which is what I had. Probably a better idea to get 5 day shipping.
#33
Thank you, I was going to resort to eBay but this method is a lot better!

Going to order this evening
#34
What about charging? I'm unfamiliar with the Iphone but imagine it has a plug in the wall charger that will of course not work on english currents/sockets.
[admin]#35
It does have a wall plug if you want but it actually has a dock and usb connection to synch with itunes/calendar/contacts etc and it charges through that. So you probably would never use the wall plug anyway. If you did you can but the adaptor at Apple.com/uk as all their plugs have interchangeable heads.
#36
ok good scam, but what we all want to know is what marks out of one to ten would you give the iphone
#37
Why don't you just buy a UK iPhone, and unlock it when they're out? £10 more - a lot safer. What about warranty issues with a US iPhone?
[admin]#38
It's really fantastic baker dave but loses quite a few marks for the lack of 3G. Personally I am still very surprised they are launching in UK without 3G (at least this is what the specs are on the Apple UK site).

If they were doing a UK 3G version then there is no way I would get the US one becuase the browsing on the iPhone is a great experience and the best mobile browsing with no comparison.
banned#39
MonkeyHugger
Why don't you just buy a UK iPhone, and unlock it when they're out? £10 more - a lot safer. What about warranty issues with a US iPhone?

Already been posted and answered on first page, i hope those that buy dont get stung
[admin]#40
Why don't you just buy a UK iPhone, and unlock it when they're out? £10 more - a lot safer. What about warranty issues with a US iPhone?


If you're going to unlock though why wait for the UK one? You're just going to overwrite the firmware anyway. That is presuming it's the same hardware spec which is what Apple announced today... Warranty issues I posted above. I think you lose them anyway once you modify it with an unlock.

Personally I say if you're going to unlock then might as well get one now. The risk is that Apple are hiding the true spec and the official announced spec today is going to change. I think that's the biggest risk as teh addition of 3G would be worth a lot.

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