buying a unlocked iPhone for alltel

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tx26257, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. tx26257

    tx26257 New Member

    Okay I have seen some unlocked iPhones for sale on ebay that claim to work fine with alltel. I have been using a treo 700wx and like to get a iPhone. I dont understand the sim card and how does one get one and how hard is it going to be to get it to work through my alltel service
  2. Eragon

    Eragon Zealot

    The iPhone is a GSM device. I believe Alltel is primarily CDMA, with some GSM coverage. More information on the following link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alltel

    If you want to use the iPhone, you'll have to get a contract with AT&T or unlock the device for use with T-Mobile.

    Here is a good reference for a SIM card. You do not need a SIM for use with CDMA networks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subscriber_Identity_Module
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  4. jpmihalk

    jpmihalk Member

    The Treo 700wx is a CDMA phone ONLY, and is not compatible with the GSM networks that the iPhone works on. It is unlikely that Alltel has both types of networks in your region, and therefore not a good idea to purchase any iPhones from an ebay seller claiming that they work fine on other networks.
  5. hutchinsonsxe

    hutchinsonsxe New Member

    or just get AT&T
  6. Hawk

    Hawk Genius

    Plus, I would like to point out that Of all the iPhones I have seen on Ebay, None of them sold for less than normal retail. Most were higher.
    Personally, I would recommend buying from Apple or AT&T and getting the 2 year standard warranty, because you probably will not have one with something sold off Ebay.
    There is a post on here somewhere where some guys bought an iPhone off the internet on Ebay, and AT&T ended up biling him for the phone again because of some "jacked-up" misunderstanding. I would want to avoid that scenario like the plague.
  7. ColsTiger

    ColsTiger Zealot

    I've never heard of any Alltel areas that used GSM technology, so I don't believe any iPhone will work on Alltel. And don't look for a CDMA version of the iPhone for at least 4.5 more years. At&t has an agreement with Apple for them not to produce a CDMA version for five years.
  8. jordan_6767

    jordan_6767 New Member

    there are some blackberries on alltel that use GSM technology such as the blackberry world edition so if you were to get a blackberry which you have to pay $40 extra a month just to have one you could take out the SIM card and put it in the iPhone after unlocking it and so and so. hope this helps you. but i am not positive that it will work but it does on t-mobile and stuff you just cant go into the store and activate it you have to activate it over the phone.
  9. Eragon

    Eragon Zealot

    It won't work. The so-called world phones are not tri-band; the only GSM frequency they support is one overseas. You could take the SIM card out and put it in your iPhone. But, you'd have to go oversees for it to work.
  10. jordan_6767

    jordan_6767 New Member

    i have a friend that works on alltel and he might give me a free sim card and then i am going to try it out i will keep you posted.
  11. blarg

    blarg New Member

    Actually the Pearl supports the same GSM frequency that the iPhone does. N.A. 850 and 1900... So, yeah you can. I should know. I have alltel and the iPhone. :D
  12. Europa

    Europa Moderator

    I'm almost positive my brother is using Alltel on his V1 iPhone. He jailbroke and unlocked it a little less than a year ago. It is no longer Jailbroken, but he can still do the Apple FW updates without the risk of losing the unlock since it is a V1. That wouldn't work on a 3G since they are factory locked.
  13. Billystrikefield

    Billystrikefield New Member

    Ya I'm having a similar problem, i really don't like alltel but i guess im stuck with it. for a couple months i was hoping to activate my iPhone with alltel, but maybe not... so I'll have to use a dumb alltel phone or pay the early termination fee to switch to AT&T id really liek to avoid this help! thanks
  14. jerpioneer

    jerpioneer New Member

    How did you get your iPhone on your alltel service?
    I would LOVE to be able to do the same :)
    Thanks!
  15. Gutsgurl

    Gutsgurl New Member

    I'm have the same issue. I currently have Alltel service, and had an Alltel crappy phone, and my dog broke..well chewed it. So one of my friends has some friends and got me an iPhone that was "unlocked" and claimed it would work with Alltel. Upon recieving the phone, and calling Alltel to try and get the phone registered or whatever so that my cell number works with the phone, they claim they can't do it, something about the IMEI numbers are too long and not compatiable with their system. So any help making this phone work, would rock.
  16. Hawk

    Hawk Genius

    Gutsgurl, do you have a SIM card? The iPhone, even when unlocked, requires a SIM card to access a GSM network. If Alltel has a GSM network, then maybe you need to tell them to send you to that department and have them send you a SIM.
    Otherwise I believe you are out of luck

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