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Apple iPhone released today

bazzaric Avatar
9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
So today's the day the iPhone is released, I'd like a thread about the facts surrounding the iPhone...

So to start off I have a few questions:

Will this be available Sim free?

Will I be able to Import a US phone and use on 02?

I'm on 02 at the moment, Will I be able to buy a phone from Apple store in the UK and use on my existing contract?

I know the specs of the iPhone. I know how good/Bad people think it is, but I would like to know the situation with it in the UK. Hopefully this thread will grow over the next few days!!
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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#1
1. No it's exclusive to o2 in the UK (T-Mobile in Germany, Orange/Any Network in France)
2. Yes but only with a little tweaking and hacking
3. No, but o2 will let you cancel your current contract with no fees and move to an iPhone tarrif under a new 18month contract.
#2
If you do go with an O2 contract you can carry your current number over.
#3
It's o2 Network-Exclusive-TWO-Year-Contract in this country and only sold from Apple Stores, o2 Stores and Carphone Warehouse.

I'm waiting for development of the hack that will be arriving soon for the 1.1.2 software that the UK model comes already loaded with and then going to unlock it and just throw in a prepaid Sim which voids the warranty and could possibly brick it if you're inexperienced.

£269 RRP, hopefully some discounts will appear here and I'll be a owner soon.
#4
sparc
It's o2 Network-Exclusive-TWO-Year-Contract in this country and only sold from Apple Stores, o2 Stores and Carphone Warehouse.

I'm waiting for development of the hack that will be arriving soon for the 1.1.2 software that the UK model comes already loaded with and then going to unlock it and just throw in a prepaid Sim which voids the warranty and could possibly brick it if you're inexperienced.

£269 RRP, hopefully some discounts will appear here and I'll be a owner soon.


it's an 18 month contract. o2 pushed for 2 years but it is illegal in the UK.
#5
ok call me a technophobe but whats the score with them , not understanding the hype like i should , seems its another way of either running the phone bill up alot or something shiny but this time without buttons , fill me in would you please with a laymans perspective
#6
Hodson
If you do go with an O2 contract you can carry your current number over.


Yes, just call them and ask to be switched to the iPhone tariff, they will give you all the info switch the tariff and mail you your new contract
#7
izzzzythedog
ok call me a technophobe but whats the score with them , not understanding the hype like i should , seems its another way of either running the phone bill up alot or something shiny but this time without buttons , fill me in would you please with a laymans perspective


the iPhone is like a modern take on a PDA, it is a mobile phone, but built in it has an ipod, wireless internet access, a camera, calender and a lot more, this is all housed in a very sleek design with an almost completely touch screen interface.
head on over to http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone for more info
#8
TY arcsbrite

is there any issues to watch out for such as crashing , slowwwwwwwwwwww running or anything else worth noteing
1 Like #9
like all devices it's not 100% crash proof, but unlike PDAs that usually run using mobile operating systems the iPhone actually uses a smaller version of OS X (the Mac equivalent of windows) so it's extremely fast.
I've been using mine since the end of June and I have had no problems, yes it's frozen up once or twice but a quick hold of the reset button and it's back up in about 5 seconds.
one of the most technologically advanced, impressive and easy to use devices I've ever owned.
Price is steep, but you get what you pay for
#10
The "bricking" stuff is scare stories. Apple can stop you getting updates and refuse tech support (e.g. the claims that YOU could brick it) but anything stronger would be a legal mine field.

I would be more bothered about having to send it away for a battery replacement - given the failure rate of ipod batteries.
#11
I watched a few of the videos on unlocking the iphone and getting it back from being bricked,a nd it all looked relatively easy.

Thanks for your help gents
#12
but the restore process of the phone to "virgin" iphone is no more difficult than the unlocking process.
so just make sure it's done before return, or replace the battery yourself
#13
arcsbite
Yes, just call them and ask to be switched to the iPhone tariff, they will give you all the info switch the tariff and mail you your new contract



I'm on £45 a month tarrif, and only started last month, got a Nokia Communicator (E65 i think). So I don't think they would move me tarrif wise, or would they if I bought the phone?
#14
Keep an eye on Hackint0sh.org (note the zero not the o) and also http://www.modmyiphone.com/
for walkthroughs, news, updates and info on the phones, firmware's and unlocking.

there is currently NO bricking process that can not be fixed at home
#15
check out the details here

http://www.o2.co.uk/assets/O2HybridNav/Static-files/iphone/iPhone-FAQs.html

but it looks like if you started the contract before the 18th of September (when o2 announced the phone) you can switch to the iPhone tariff and keep your old contract mobile as a freebie.

after the 18th and it gets sticky, maybe they could be persuaded if asked really nicely.
#16
Is the best deal currently the £23 voucher + quidco from here,

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111681
#17
Hmmm..I guess I will phone 02 in the morning!
#18
wow with the upfront cost and an 18 month contract how much does that work out @ in the end??
#19
if you take the lowest contract £899
if you take the highest contract £1259

or you could buy it from the US and unlock = circa £220
or buy from the UK wait for an unlock and unlock = £269 & 2 weeks.
#20
arcsbite
if you take the lowest contract £899
if you take the highest contract £1259

.


wow i think i will wait till i even think about getting one:thinking:
#21
yep very expensive with the contract but the fone is worth it.
#22
The phone is **** for the following reasons.....

Only 2 MP camera
No camera flash
Not capable of taking video
Not able to send files over Bluetooth
Not 3G
GPRS (Edge) network only covers 30% of the UK
Can't set an MP3 ringtone unless purchased from Itunes
Not capable of sending MMS (picture messages)
Will cost you near £269 PLUS between £630 & £990 in line rental PLUS any call charges
New range of 3G phones out next year by Apple, & a Nokia version out early 2008
#23
Looks nice, comparison here. Flawed though, as Chrisuk said.
Gadget show.

Bit off topic. I heard or read that its illegal for phone companies to lock phones to networks in France. Is this true? Can we just pop next door and buy phones already unlocked?
#24
Fixngrout


:roll:

As someone who already owns the overrated N95 that "review" doesn't mean anything to me. It has at least three horribly designed menus and plays Real Player format videos.

Gadget Show are notorious for these bloody awful and cringeworthy product tests. I can't stand the show.
#25
If you can wait, wait. Ask americans who bought on day one how they felt after the price drop.
#26
sparc
:roll:

As someone who already owns the overrated N95 that "review" doesn't mean anything to me. It has at least three horribly designed menus and plays Real Player format videos.

Gadget Show are notorious for these bloody awful and cringeworthy product tests. I can't stand the show.


Aw i hate that show as well, they just dont seem to have a clue about waht they are doing with any gadget.

And why jump off a bridge?
Idiots :giggle:
#27
Fixngrout
Looks nice, comparison here. Flawed though, as Chrisuk said.
Gadget show.

Bit off topic. I heard or read that its illegal for phone companies to lock phones to networks in France. Is this true? Can we just pop next door and buy phones already unlocked?


Yes.
Apple are releasing it in France on Orange and also an unlocked version, although the unlocked version will be more expensive.
#28
ChrisUK
The phone is **** for the following reasons.....

Only 2 MP camera
No camera flash
Not capable of taking video
Not able to send files over Bluetooth
Not 3G
GPRS (Edge) network only covers 30% of the UK
Can't set an MP3 ringtone unless purchased from Itunes
Not capable of sending MMS (picture messages)
Will cost you near £269 PLUS between £630 & £990 in line rental PLUS any call charges
New range of 3G phones out next year by Apple, & a Nokia version out early 2008


The phone is **** for the following reasons
only about 2 of those reasons had anything to do with the "phone'
I understand most of your points here but every device has its drawbacks, the camera is a bit of a letdown, Bluetooth will be an update, 3G will come and as for future releases thats like saying don't buy a HDTV bow as therre will be a HD-HDTV out in a few years.
You can set ringtones as anything if you know how.
you pay a premium price, as you do for most apple technology, if it's worth the price is up to you.
#29
arcsbite
The phone is **** for the following reasons
only about 2 of those reasons had anything to do with the "phone'
I understand most of your points here but every device has its drawbacks, the camera is a bit of a letdown, Bluetooth will be an update, 3G will come and as for future releases thats like saying don't buy a HDTV bow as therre will be a HD-HDTV out in a few years.
You can set ringtones as anything if you know how.
you pay a premium price, as you do for most apple technology, if it's worth the price is up to you.


Its all things the phone is supposed to have and lacks.
Its all things to do with the phone.
If theres was no camera or bluetooth or mp3 ability then you would have a point.
Its all stuff they could do, and chose not to as they have no phone knowledge.
Bluetooth, you can use bluetooth for earphones, but not sending files.
Ringtones, you can use mp3 tones only if you pay an arm and a leg.
Camera, you can use the camera but its inferior to everyone elses. While also lacking the ability to send anyone else the photo via MMS or Bluetooth.
The iPhone could have used the features it does have a lot better.
And a lack of 3G means its internet functions are only viable when stationary near somewhere with a WiFi connection. Kinda defeats the purpose in a "mobile" phone if you have to remain stationary.
Every phone it is to compete with, has all these features, and lots of/most phones have had these features for years.

Bluetooth being in an update and 3G on its way doesnt help anyone buying hte current model.
Lots will unlock the phone and therefore not update, and 3G should have been in it from the start.
banned#30
bazzaric
I'm on £45 a month tarrif, and only started last month, got a Nokia Communicator (E65 i think). So I don't think they would move me tarrif wise, or would they if I bought the phone?


Curious. Why did you sign up to that phone if you wanted one of these and knew it was released shortly?

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