7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2007 6:18 AM by Nathan C
Yoüf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm in Egypt and have tried 5 different SIM cards without success. I can use email, text, and web with my US card-but no phone.

When I put in different chips, it tells me the chip will not work.

What's up here? I thought the phone was supposed to work overseas with a new chip?


MBP 17"
  • iphonebabe Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    The iPhone is not supposed to work in Egypt since it has not been officially released there by Apple.
  • Nathan C Level 5 Level 5 (6,260 points)

    The iPhone is currently released to work with AT&T in the U.S., O2 in the UK, and T-Mobile in Germany. An iPhone purchased in the U.S. is intended only to be used with an AT&T SIM, and unlocking it to work with other carriers requires voiding the warranty.

    Hope this helps,

    Nathan C.
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    The iPhone is designed only to work with the SIM card installed at purchase if you purchased from the US or UK. The German unlocked iPhone offered by Apple will work with other SIM cards, providing those SIM cards are from German carriers.

    At this time, there is no Egyptian SIM card that will work for the iPhone.
  • MobileDev Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    ... unlocking it to work with other carriers requires voiding the warranty.

    I know you don't officially represent Apple, but to avoid any problems it's a good idea to be correct in what you say. There very well could be a major news magazine watching what is said (and deleted) here.

    Neither unlocking nor jailbreaking void the warranty, because the warranty doesn't cover any software, even Apple's. They cannot, and therefore do not, use the term "void". The clever but empty phrase that Apple officially uses is, "Software modifications are not covered by the warranty."

    Modifications do violate the software license.

    So the best wording might be: "If you mod it, it breaks the software license. And Apple isn't obligated to fix it if something goes wrong." (Although the latter is technically true of their own software as well.)

  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    To get even more technical, voiding your software license revokes your ability to use the software at all. Apple would be with in their rights to format a hacked phone and return the hardware to you OS free.
  • Yoüf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Woah, woah, woah...

    I'm only trying to use my phone while traveling. I realize now that the word "unlock" has a different meaning. I'm NOT trying to unlock it (meaning use another carrier) I simply want to be able to make a phone call on AT&T. The phone does not work, but email, text, and web do.

    How do I enable what I thought was possible with AT&T, which is just to make a phone call back to the US?

    Sorry for the confusion!
  • Nathan C Level 5 Level 5 (6,260 points)

    You need to use the AT&T SIM card that was activated with the iPhone, and your AT&T account has to have international roaming enabled. The rates and coverage can be found by going to this link, and selecting Egypt, and then details:
    http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/international/roaming/international-roaming.js p

    Looks like there is limited coverage in Egypt, and GPRS and SMS may work even when there is a low voice signal.

    Hope this helps,

    Nathan C.