Unlocking an iPhone 3GS in another country
Hey all, I'm new, and i'm thinking of getting an iPhone 3GS. I read that the phone is now $99 in Walmart, and I live in Malaysia. My question is, if I jailbreak/unlock it so I can use my SIM in Malaysia (There's data plans here), will I be able to buy data plans in Malaysia as well? Or will they not allow me to access the data plans here? Thanks for the feedback
EDIT: Can somebody also suggest a jb/carrier unlocker to use for this sort of thing? Preferably not tethered.
Last edited by tSGuardians; 06-05-2010 at 02:59 AM.
- 06-05-2010, 09:52 AM #2
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- 06-07-2010, 10:12 AM #9
placed my vodafone sim card (Romania) in them and they work fine without any problems or extra charges from AT&T or Vodafone.
I figured what AT&T and Vodafone does not know, won't hurt
Hope I answered your question
- 06-07-2010, 10:36 PM #10iPhone Newbie
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US iPhone (Verizon), jailbroke and unlocked. When in Mexico I have used two different Telcel chips (Ensenada/Tijuana) with no problem making or receiving calls.
However- I was UNABLE to access the internet EXCEPT on wifi. Telcel would not upgrade my chips' program, saying that if I wanted that kind of access, I would have to buy an iPhone through them; chips and iPhones were paired.
This was/is Mexico, and not being a citizen, I am subject to ..., shall we say, "different treatment", at times when dealing with businesses and the government, let alone the general state of confusion that is the base for the status quo.
There might have been an end run by already having a internet accessible programed chip with my previous phone. In the big picture, it really wasn't an issue, as there is much wifi available.
- 06-09-2010, 12:59 AM #12
- 06-09-2010, 04:19 AM #13
I don't understand how you can buy iPhone with contract for a year and not to pay for that year.
It doesn't matter if you took that phone to another country, you have obligation in US.
You WILL have charges in US and your local carrier.
Am I right?
btw, I'm comng to US next month, and since iPhone4 will not be available in my country till september, is it possible (will be) to buy unlocked iPhone4 in US?
- 06-09-2010, 07:38 AM #14
Unlock for iOS4 hasn't been released yet . But u can buy it outright and then unlock it later once it is released. I don't believe it will be too long after that. And to answer ur other question, yes, if u have a 1 yr contract then u are still obligated to pay the bill for that yr even if u don't use their service. A contract is a contract.
- 06-09-2010, 09:55 AM #15
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- 06-09-2010, 01:25 PM #17
Keep in mind, regardless of how long you are away from the U.S. your AT&T contact is running and even if you are not using any airtime or data on AT&T, you'll be responsible and billed each month by AT&T as though you had, with absolutely no connection to anything you might be doing when the foreign carrier's SIM is in your phone.
So, you might take your total cellular liability into consideration here. If you plan on taking out a contact with AT&T that's costing you, say, $50/month, but will be out of the U.S. for a full month, you might as well use that $50 worth of service AT&T will be billing you for anyway by roaming for that amount of time, then put your foreign SIM in the phone for the rest of the time. "Use it or loose it."
- 06-10-2010, 09:28 AM #19
- 06-10-2010, 10:54 AM #20
Originally Posted by rdiddy_25
so that means I can't buy iPhone 4 next month (I can, but don't want to pay 1 year contract that I won't use)
u can pay $599/$699 for the phone with no contract
still locked on att?
Yes, the phone is locked to AT&T until u unlock it. It would be the same as if u bought it straight from apple.
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