1. sziklassy's Avatar
    SO I am seeing alot of listings on eBay labeled as a legally unlocked (done by Apple) iPhone. They also claim that the IMEI is registered by Apple as known to be "legally" unlocked. Is there any truth to this? I was not aware that they sell unlocked phones. Do they unlock the phone for you if you decide to pay full price for it or something?

    Here is a link to one of the eBay listings:
    APPLE iPHONE 3G 16GB_LEGALLY UNLOCKED_ship worldwide - eBay (item 170261046429 end time Sep-14-08 04:40:29 PDT)
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    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
    2008-09-14 07:14 AM
  2. MPS3's Avatar
    by the looks of his feed back its real
    2008-09-14 07:21 AM
  3. cpjr's Avatar
    Im not spending $1000 on it, I dont care if it even has MMS
    Last edited by cpjr; 2008-09-14 at 07:23 AM.
    2008-09-14 07:21 AM
  4. sziklassy's Avatar
    the reason I was asking is how does one get apple to unlock the thing? He claims Apple unlocked it, so he has done something to get them to do so...
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    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
    2008-09-14 07:26 AM
  5. MPS3's Avatar
    all iPhone sold in France and Russia are unlocked
    2008-09-14 07:27 AM
  6. cpjr's Avatar
    ^^via hardware unlock....not a software unlock like we are doing "not so legally". That is why updating firmwares will not relock it.
    2008-09-14 07:30 AM
  7. sziklassy's Avatar
    so then the iphone in question is hardware unlocked? Is it sold by Apple this way or is it actually opened, thus technically voiding warranty?
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    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
    2008-09-14 07:33 AM
  8. cpjr's Avatar
    ^^Well, unless im mistaken about the "hardware unlock" deal...it would be built that way.
    2008-09-14 07:34 AM
  9. MPS3's Avatar
    its a soft unlock sold and made by Apple
    reason for it the 2 country's have laws against selling locked phones
    so Apple had to do it if they wanted to sell there iPhone
    that is also why Russia got there iPhones last
    i think like last week
    2008-09-14 07:36 AM
  10. cpjr's Avatar
    ^^Cool. Knew it had to do with their laws over there. Wasnt sure how Apple chose to do it.

    Kinda wish the US had those laws.
    2008-09-14 07:38 AM
  11. sziklassy's Avatar
    time to push for a US law like this. Are the phones then sold for a ton more money if they aren;t sold with a contract in Russia or is this guys making like 700 bucks a phone?!?!
    In other words if I knew some people in Russia, could I get an unlocked phone for around 4-500 bucks there?

    time to push for a US law like this. Are the phones then sold for a ton more money if they aren;t sold with a contract in Russia or is this guys making like 700 bucks a phone?!?!
    In other words if I knew some people in Russia, could I get an unlocked phone for around 4-500 bucks there?
    Last edited by sziklassy; 2008-09-14 at 07:39 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.

    A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
    2008-09-14 07:39 AM
  12. MPS3's Avatar
    i dont think he making that much
    phone in Russia are not subsidized
    but then again im sure he is not doing it for nothng =)
    2008-09-14 07:42 AM
  13. Eurisko's Avatar
    ^^via hardware unlock....not a software unlock like we are doing "not so legally". That is why updating firmwares will not relock it.
    Unlocking the iPhone (or any cell) is quite legal in North America. They should be rephrasing it to legitimate unlock.
    Get "iPod & iTunes for Dummies", it'll change your life.
    2008-09-14 03:09 PM
  14. wiggy's Avatar
    You can buy an unlocked iphone in Belgium for 525 euros (8gb 3g) ...this is another country that dont allow phones to be locked to one particular network.
    2008-09-15 01:49 AM
  15. MPS3's Avatar
    sweet so USA & Canada got the shitty end of the stick as always
    2008-09-15 02:52 AM
  16. princemarko's Avatar
    the reason I was asking is how does one get apple to unlock the thing? He claims Apple unlocked it, so he has done something to get them to do so...
    Apple cannot sell locked iphones in certain countries in Europe. Thats how they get them.

    Italy, France, Holland, Belgium and a few others have specific laws prohibiting that. Apple unlocks the iPhone via iTunes as the IMEI number is connected to Apple servers and unlocks the iphone remotely, not hardware.
    2008-09-16 02:20 AM
  17. miranda albers's Avatar
    okay guys here is my question...
    what if a guy from belgium wants to upgrade his phone?? (from a belgium computer on a belgium provider) The phone should stay unlocked right?

    Now i am a naugthy girl and have my husband living in belgium and i hook up my iphohe to the belgium computer? What will happen. Can it be that easy or not?

    when i placed the iphone on the computer it asked me to upgrade itunes to 7.7 which i read at one of the forums.
    How can you recognize the country the iphone is sold in? Can you find that in the imeinumber?

    Did any of you try this before?
    thanks a lot!!
    2009-04-11 11:14 PM
  18. cpjr's Avatar
    If the phone was legally unlocked via Apple, it should stay unlocked.
    2009-04-11 11:49 PM
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