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The Other Guide: Avoid rip-off Britain; Steps for getting the iPhone in November, unlocked and cheap £269.00

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Ok so here's another guide. Not saying the other is rubbish but this could be a good alternative. Step 1. Patience is the key. Wait until November the 9th and get yourself a tasty new iPhone, preferr… Read More
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9y, 10m agoFound 9 years, 10 months ago
Ok so here's another guide. Not saying the other is rubbish but this could be a good alternative.

Step 1. Patience is the key. Wait until November the 9th and get yourself a tasty new iPhone, preferrably from an Apple store. The idea is you take it home and activate the contract by itunes.

Step 2: Do not activate the contract. Instead, use many unlocking methods to set the iPhone free. Sure, they may of updated the firmware, but they'll be a new app around the block by that time.

Step 3: Do you have a contract? Well, if not, do this. Find yourself a contract that gives you a good data plan, and a good handset, and use this for your iPhone. You then have a handset to sell on eBay and recoup costs, (nokia n95 e.g., could almost get the price of the iPhone back, effictively making it free).

Step 4: Use the sim from your new contract in your iPhone, and enjoy! Remember, you'll get no visual voicemail and no unlimited data (unless your new contract plan includes it), as per the other guide. Although, the Cloud Wifi network may work, who knows. It's not like it can validate through phone number as it doesn't work that. It might sense once you're using an iPhone, it gives you access, but I could be totally wrong with that.

Benefits: No faffing around sending money to people you don't know in the US. No customs. You get a full UK warranty, just return it to the apple store if it goes kaput. UK charger and accessories.

Just thought. You could even find a contract that gives you cashback, there's always some roaming around where the you get cashback to the equivalent of the contract - making it free. You'd have to pay for the iPhone, but you'd be getting contract minutes and texts for nothing!
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[admin]#1
MonkeyHugger - Yes this is an option but here's the other side to it.

1. hardware specs are the same so there will be no advantage to a UK iPhone
2. modifying the phone with unlock software may disqualify the warranty anyway
3. you are waiting another month and paying more for getting the same thing

I think the only advantage to waiting is (1) if Apple secretly add 3G and (2) if you want a contract.

Edit: Sorry yes less faffing about is worth something so that is an advantage. Not dumping on it!
banned#2
if you unlocked it, you voided your warranty. If it does go kaput, you cant return it
#3
simple dont buy one. they look like the same old rubbish apple are churning out to suit a nation of people who wanna pay a silly amount of money for a shiney fashion accessory because tommy over there has one and i want one too.
#4
Your warranty is not voided by unlocking.
#5
I thought the only way of unlocking it to a different network was by opening it up and soldering it?
[admin]#6
Where did you get that from MonkeyHugger?

What kind of activities will void my warranty?
Apple’s Limited Warranty for iPhone excludes coverage for damage resulting from accident, unauthorized service and unauthorized modifications. Please review the warranty for further details.
[admin]#7
I thought the only way of unlocking it to a different network was by opening it up and soldering it?


No there is a software unlock now but it does rewrite the firmware as well as low level something or other on the chip (baseband?)
#8
Admin
Where did you get that from MonkeyHugger?


Yeah that's all about modifiying the handset. Unlocking is done by software. An apple dev has even said they're not fussed about third party applications. I'll find the link in a minute.
#9
can you not add 3g to it by bluetoothing with a 3g phone? I assume it has bluetooth?

this version is my preffered way of doing it, it's an extra tenner but a lot safer IMO.
#10
[quote=mattw]if you unlocked it, you voided your warranty.

No it doesn't. A manufacturer can say what they like, but unless the modification directly or indirectly led to the failure, they cannot get out of their warranty obligation.
banned#11
Step 3: Do you have a contract? Well, if not, do this. Find yourself a contract that gives you a good data plan, and a good handset, and use this for your iPhone. You then have a handset to sell on eBay and recoup costs, (nokia n95 e.g., could almost get the price of the iPhone back, effictively making it free).


I cannot see why someone would choose an iphone over the n95 given the n95 does everything the iphone does and a whole lot more.
#12
N20Y1D
I cannot see why someone would choose an iphone over the n95 given the n95 does everything the iphone does and a whole lot more.



The N95 is not made by Apple? :p
#13
N20Y1D
I cannot see why someone would choose an iphone over the n95 given the n95 does everything the iphone does and a whole lot more.


A lot of people are gonna pefer the iPhone over the n95. They both have their advantages, I know I'll be getting the iPhone :)
#14
i can not fathom for the life of me peoples obsession with buying things off certain companies, dont get me wrong ive got an Ipod it changed a generation of MP3 players.

But the mac unless ur a graphic designer is useless, and far overpriced, and this phone looks the same, way overpiced.
#15
Road_Hog
[quote=mattw]if you unlocked it, you voided your warranty.

No it doesn't. A manufacturer can say what they like, but unless the modification directly or indirectly led to the failure, they cannot get out of their warranty obligation.


The problem comes when your phone stops working and you send it to apple to get it mended and they say the problem is because you have changed the software. As we do not have any info on the software you are running we can't help.
Thus if you want to risk unlocking it then do so, if you want to keep your warranty stick to O2.
Loads of people will break them anyway by putting them in there pocket and sitting on them!
#16
GAVINLEWISHUKD
[QUOTE=Road_Hog]

The problem comes when your phone stops working and you send it to apple to get it mended and they say the problem is because you have changed the software. As we do not have any info on the software you are running we can't help.
Thus if you want to risk unlocking it then do so, if you want to keep your warranty stick to O2.
Loads of people will break them anyway by putting them in there pocket and sitting on them!



Not sure about that...but you can just take it into an apple store and get it replaced there and then :)
[admin]#17
If Apple will honour the warranty even after jailbreak/unlock then I think that's worth a lot. If they don't then I say get the phone now! hehe
#18
I am thinking of going with Admins idea..however still thanks for this....I thought that this was a 3g handset....I wanted to use my 3 sim in one so guess its not possible?
[mod]#19
How is this a Hot Deal :o

I thought this would be more suited to Misc. unless posting tips is now a Deal because i'll start posting horses in the 3.30 everyday. :giggle:
#20
MonkeyHugger
[QUOTE=GAVINLEWISHUKD]


Not sure about that...but you can just take it into an apple store and get it replaced there and then :)


I'll be amazed if they let you do that after you have had it more than a week or so.
Just think that with all the money that o2 must have paid to apple for the exclusive rights to it in the uk I cant see them wanting to help the customer out or end up in big legal battles with o2.
End of the day apple don't want u to unlock it so they will do all they can to discourage you from doing so.

The hope is somebody on the net will make it possible to put the old filmware back on the phone so if it does break you can put it back as it was when new.
#21
Here the london apple event infor people who what to read on some Q&A http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/18/live-from-apples-mum-is-no-longer-the-word-event-in-london/
#22
guv
Nope its not G3 and your 3 sim wont work.

So much for a awe inspiring phone, but just like the iPod, its going to attact the image concious! Luckily, if I did want one, I could get it shipped over by a relative who visits the UK every 2 months - so even better @ £200. Fact is my MDA Vario2 knocks spots off this phone - so not something I intend to do!

As you might guess, Im not an "i" fanboy - but voted hot because if its a "must have" for you, its a good method.


payg 3 sims will work in it
#23
mucho rubbish talked here:

You can reset the firmware by plugging it into your computer & reinstalling it via itunes (like an ipod). If it is soo broken that this won't work, by the time apple fix it they will probably install a new logic board or reflash with the latest software anyway. It has been mentioned repeatedly on the web this is a software solution which can be reset to factory conditions.

'the mac unless ur a graphic designer is useless, and far overpriced" - you my friend are an idiot of highest order. Stop spreading FUD. It is as useful as any computer & costs no more than an equivalent than say a Sony. Your problem is that you look at the cheapest Dell & compare to a Mac & can't work out why the prices are different. If you don't like a mac or iphone - then keep it yourself - its a thread about the iphone!

3 sims won't work - they are 3G foremost then drop to O2/Orange if no 3G available - you can't just use a 3G sim card in a 2G phone.

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