Buying the iPhone from Europe?

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xdcdx

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Does anybody know any method I can use to inexpensively buy an iPhone from Europe?

Ebay is filled with overpriced auctions, by people trying to monetize their iPhone unlocking skills. I just want one brand new phone, at Apple store price.

I've also been checking mail forwarding companies like http://www.myus.com/ and http://www.usabox.com/ but they all require you to set up an expensive account that does not pay out for just one gadget.

Does anybody know any other company that does cheap one-time packet forwarding from USA to Europe? Any other hint?

Thanks in advance. :)
 

petalmom

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What are you planning on doing with it once you have it? Isn't the European version going to be released in a couple of months? Why don't you just wait and do it right?
 

seb481

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Does anybody know any method I can use to inexpensively buy an iPhone from Europe?

Ebay is filled with overpriced auctions, by people trying to monetize their iPhone unlocking skills. I just want one brand new phone, at Apple store price.

I've also been checking mail forwarding companies like http://www.myus.com/ and http://www.usabox.com/ but they all require you to set up an expensive account that does not pay out for just one gadget.

Does anybody know any other company that does cheap one-time packet forwarding from USA to Europe? Any other hint?

Thanks in advance. :)
I'm going to Europe (France + Monaco + UK) this wednesday. Can I help?
 

iDutch

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I was just in Europe for a month and know now why they don't sell this current version over there.... EDGE SUCKS in Europe, and i still don't understand why they didn't develop the iPhone with UMTS from the getgo. EDGE here in the US is ok (i give it a C-) but in Europe it just doesn't get up to speed for some reason (on average i was getting 40-44 Kb) UMTS or 3G is the new standard in Europe and i know that works nice on other devices. my $0.02
 

xdcdx

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Thanks to everybody who replied.

I am from Spain. Once I buy it, I plan to unlock it myself, and use it with my current sim card, which is Vodafone. I don't want to wait for several reasons.

First, Apple seels its products in Europe at much higher prices than in the US, for example, and iPod Touch 16GB costs 389 EUR (531 USD!) in the Apple Spanish store (http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObj...browse&mco=42C0467A&node=home/ipod/ipod_touch) so I am expecting that the iPhone will cost the same, if not more. I don't want to pay 130 additional dollars for my iPhone...

Second, probably here will come locked to a company, I don't want to change my current company.

Third, I am an Apple fanboy and I can't wait! ;)

I reckon GSM networks in Europe suck, but anyway, I don't plan to use browsing over Edge much (flat rate data plans don't exist in Spain yet... it sucks). I just want to use it to call, make pictures, listen to music, browse over WiFi, etc.

Probably Apple didn't made it UMTS because the hardware is bigger/more expensive.

Thanks to everybody traveling to Europe who offered to bring one! But unless any of you is traveling to Spain, we can't arrange a meeting.