This discussion is archived
4255 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2009 8:47 AM by neuroanatomist
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2009 8:22 AM (in response to Gokiburi)It depends. If the iPhone is sold by the carriers as an unlocked GSM phone then yes, you will be able to use it when you return to America. However, if the phone is still carrier locked then the answer is no.Mac Pro, 20' Cinema Display, iSight, MacBook Pro Unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPhone 3G 8gb, iPod Video 60gb, Time Capsule, Apple TV
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2009 8:27 AM (in response to Gokiburi)According to this linked kbase article, iPhone 3Gs sold in Japan are carrier-locked to SoftBank. Carrier-locked phones cannot be used with a SIM card from another network, so the answer is, "No." If you buy an iPhone in Japan, you'd need to sell it there and buy another one here to use it on the US network (unless you keep the SoftBank account and pay the exorbitant international data roaming charges).17" CD MBP, iPhone 3G, iPodTouch, Mac OS X (10.5.6), since the ][e
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2009 8:38 AM (in response to neuroanatomist)Ahh, that's what I was afraid of... I'll have to sell the phone back before the 2 year contract is over and pay $800 for the iphone. So this is the result of a Softbank policy, not Apple?sony vaio, Windows 2000
Currently Being ModeratedMar 11, 2009 8:47 AM (in response to Gokiburi)
So this is the result of a Softbank policy, not Apple?
A result of the negotiations between SoftBank and Apple, subject to Japanese law. Unlocked iPhones are sold in select countries or locked iPhones can be unlocked by the carriers in those countries, as indicated in the kbase article I linked above (e.g. Italy, Belgium, Hong Kong). In that case, those phones could be used with an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card in the USA, for example.
But, there's another wrinkle as well - unlike other Apple products, the iPhone warranty is not worldwide. iPhone service can only be obtained in the country where the iPhone was purchased.17" CD MBP, iPhone 3G, iPodTouch, Mac OS X (10.5.6), since the ][e