Buying unloked iPhone. What should I look at?

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spatznick

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I am byying an unloked iPhone. What should I look at, as I am meeting th seller in a few hours?

I am thinking to verify:
- Insert a tmobile SIM and see if it works
- test the wifi and youtube
- iTunes, I will try to transfer some files both ways.

If the above work, that else shoud I look at? Should I ask what unlock method he was using? Would anything else make a difference and make me not buy it?

Also, what would be a real price to buy? It sells for 399 plus tax, how much should I pay for the unlocked version?

Thanks in advance.
 

sselemit

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I am byying an unloked iPhone. What should I look at, as I am meeting th seller in a few hours?

I am thinking to verify:
- Insert a tmobile SIM and see if it works
- test the wifi and youtube
- iTunes, I will try to transfer some files both ways.

If the above work, that else shoud I look at? Should I ask what unlock method he was using? Would anything else make a difference and make me not buy it?

Also, what would be a real price to buy? It sells for 399 plus tax, how much should I pay for the unlocked version?

Thanks in advance.
Unlocked iPhone cannot use youtube.

For me, buy the refurbished phone and unlock it yourself.:laugh2: At least, thats what i did and it costs me $335 with tax in total. Pretty sweet.
 

spatznick

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Unlocked iPhone cannot use youtube.

For me, buy the refurbished phone and unlock it yourself.:laugh2: At least, thats what i did and it costs me $335 with tax in total. Pretty sweet.
Well, the seller promised that everything works. I will try the phone anyway before purchase.
Where did you get it from for this low price? I assume it is the 4gb version for $335...
 

SmartAlx

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Unlocked iPhone cannot use youtube.
YouTube doesn't work on an unlocked iPhone? Are you SURE? And by unlocked, I mean that you can put in your T-Mobile SIM card and make a phone call on T-Mobile's network, not that you have an expensive internet iPod without phone functions. And what if you use your unlocked iPhone on AT&T's network? It's still unlocked. Maybe youtube not working isn't that the phone is unlocked, but that AT&T is the only service provider that is making that feature work.

I plan on unlocking my iPhone when I can, but I'm not changing networks. I just want to know that I have the freedom to leave.

Well, the seller promised that everything works. I will try the phone anyway before purchase.
I do know that visual voicemail won't work if you use your iPhone on a different network like T-Mobile, so make sure you try that out.
 

goblues38

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Personally...quit being cheap. It's not worth the potential hassles to buy a non warenteed phone to save $100.

If you have to stay on t-mobile....go through them with what equipment they offer.

If that deosnt matter, look into a refurb phone. But i would stay far away from a hacked phone.
 

spatznick

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Personally...quit being cheap. It's not worth the potential hassles to buy a non warenteed phone to save $100.

If you have to stay on t-mobile....go through them with what equipment they offer.

If that deosnt matter, look into a refurb phone. But i would stay far away from a hacked phone.

A refurb phone still needs to be hacked, right? Very unlikely that the refurbed phone is unloked anyway.
 

sselemit

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A refurb phone still needs to be hacked, right? Very unlikely that the refurbed phone is unloked anyway.
Ya, did not you know that a lot of people sell refurb iPhone as new on ebay for ($500 unlocked). You wont believe the number. So, it is safe just to go buy a refurb and unlock it.
Well, the seller promised that everything works. I will try the phone anyway before purchase. Where did you get it from for this low price? I assume it is the 4gb version for $335...
Believe it or not, it is 8gb. The refurb costs $350 + $30 off for first time buying at Apple store on order over $300 + free shipping + tax = $335

For the youtube part, you guys are right. It is indeed functional with unlock iPhone. I have not updated info lately.
 

eliteshot

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youtube works just fine on an unlocked phone. I have an unlocked iPhone myself with t-mobile and everything works except for visual voicemail.

All you gotta do is look up youtube unlock over google and voila.
 

spatznick

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Sep 19, 2007
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youtube works just fine on an unlocked phone. I have an unlocked iPhone myself with t-mobile and everything works except for visual voicemail.
Thanks for all suggestions.
Since so many of you have bought the iPhone and unlocked it themselves, I will do the same thing. I have already ordered the a refurbished one, should arrive tomorrow.

Now what is the most reliable method? The one posted by Engedget at:
http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/12/first-free-open-gui-iphone-unlock-software-tested-it-works/ ?

Thanks!
 

SmartAlx

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Personally...quit being cheap. It's not worth the potential hassles to buy a non warenteed phone to save $100.
I don't think unlocking your iPhone voids the warranty. We have a legal right to unlock our phones. As long as you don't open the case up, I don't think it should void the warranty. And besides, current unlocking is temporary. Just relock it if you need service.