11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 7:05 AM by imobl
pedja85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a friend who is living in New York,and i want him to buy me an iphone. The only way i could do that is buying it in at&t and then unlocking it.Does anyone know this will work?


iPhone 5
  • 1. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,945 points)

    You will need to have a contract with AT&T and for them to consider unlocking the phone for you, you need to be a current customer and have had a contract with them for at least 3 months.

     

    The warranty with the iPhone is country specific and NOT worldwide, so if you bought the phone in the US and have any problems, then you'll have to fly back to the US to sort them out.  Also, there would be LTE and 4G compatibility issues and the phone may only work on 3G.

     

    Don't buy it and just wait instead.

  • 2. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    pedja85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank,you have helped me a lot.One more thing,do you have any information about releasing  date of an unlocked iphone 5 ?

  • 3. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    imobl Level 4 Level 4 (3,555 points)

    Apple has not announced availability of unlocked iPhones in the US.

    Until such an announcement, no one here would know. Be advised

    unlocked iPhones are much more expensive than the contract price.

  • 4. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    pedja85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    http:/http://www.amazon.com/Apple-iPhone-16GB-Black-Unlocked/dp/B0097CZBH4/ref=s r_1_3?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1354036457&sr=1-3

     

    Can you tell me whether i will b e able to use this phone in my country ,it says it is unlocked? It is urgent ,thank you

  • 5. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    Nathan-D Level 3 Level 3 (840 points)

    Apple now has unlocked iPhone 5s listed on the web site store.

  • 6. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    pedja85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know ,but i have already ordered that one from amazon.Do you maybe know that will work on any gsm network?

  • 7. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,945 points)

    If you are living in Serbia and you want to use an iPhone 5 in Serbia, then don't buy it from the US.  Buy it in the UK or another European country and then your warranty will be valid.  If you purchase a fully and officially unlocked iPhone from the UK for instance, then the warranty on the phone is for the European Union, which covers all countries, so if the phone should go wrong, then you can get something done about it.  However, if you buy a phone from the US, there is no guarantee that it will work and you are not covered with a warranty - if it is purchased in the US, the warranty is only valid for the US, so you have to go there to get a replacement phone or to get it fixed.

     

    Also, LTE and 4G will not work correctly.

     

    If you are looking at buying a phone from Amazon then go and purchase the phone from http://www.amazon.co.uk and you will then get a fully unlocked iPhone with a warranty and you will definiately be able to use it.  It costs over the odds though with a 16GB advertised for £800, so more expensive.

     

    If you live in Serbia, then it makes no sense at all to purchase a phone from the US that has a good chance of not working.

     

    Buy a phone that is unlocked from a European country that sells unlocked phones and then it will work and you will also have a valid warranty.

  • 8. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    pedja85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now it is over,a friend of mine arrives from USA on monday ,and then i will see.I hope it will work just fine.I'll let you know .Thanks for help

  • 9. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,945 points)

    Well, as long as you are aware that it might not and if it doesn't, then you'll have a useless brick.

     

    That is why you should always wait and purchase the phone in the country that you want to use it in - that is why you should have purchased an offically unlocked iPhone in Europe and then you have the valid warranty and it will work.  From the USA you won't, unless you have the air fair to travel over there in case something goes wrong with the phone, which is what you will have to do.

     

    Serbian outlets won't touch it if they find it has come from the US.

  • 10. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    pedja85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I thought that if it say unlocked ,tehen will be no problems.Now i see i might be wrong.We have to wait till monday.I hope ,i will bring good news.Thanks again guys.If you ever come to Serbia,give me a call

  • 11. Re: can i use at&t unlocked iphone 5 in serbia
    imobl Level 4 Level 4 (3,555 points)

    Warranty is valid only in country of original purchase - it does

    not matter whether the iPhone is locked or unlocked. You

    would still have to return unlocked iPhone to US for repair.

    Purchase one from local authorized seller to avoid the hassle.