8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2009 9:44 AM by modular747
alessy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello.
Iphone is not seeling in my country so I have to go out to get one. But the problem is because I can get only factory locked iphone.
So my question is if I can factory unlock my iphone that I can use it in my country ?
Im prepared to pay for factory unlock if it is possible to unlock locked iphone ?

Thank you..

3gs 32Gb, iPhone OS 3.1.2, Factory locked
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,780 points)
    If you have an officially unlocked iPhone, you can use it as a phone anywhere there is a carrier that supports GSM or UMTS/HSDPA 3G format. However, if you use a carrier that isn't an official iPhone carrier, not all features will be supported.

    You can buy factory unlocked phones only in certain countries. Some carriers will officially unlock a locked phone for an extra fee. See this page for listing of countries and carriers, and whether unlocked phones are available.

    Beware of unofficial 3rd party unlocked phones which will re-lock to the original carrier whenever you update the phone

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1937?viewlocale=en_US
  • alessy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, Im aware of unofficial unlocked phones.
    That is why i want to buy new one from official iphone seller(carrier).

    Where can I see witch countries support official factory unlock iphone for extra fee ? Or do I have to contact them directly ?
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    Where can I see witch countries support official factory unlock iPhone for extra fee?

    <http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1937>
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,780 points)
    The link I posted shows whether the carrier sells unlocked phones or will provide authorized unlocking. You'll have to contact the carrier individually for details and may have to purchase it in person.
  • alessy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh, now i see.
    Yes this country has "Carrier offers authorized unlocking 1"
    so if I understand that means that I can buy iphone there and for extra fee, they'll unlock the phone, that i will be able to use it anywhere ???

    Second question:
    For extra fee I can get unlocked phone, but does the phone has to be brand new or it can be used too that they unlock it ?

    Third:
    If i buy phone in this country do I have to send for service the phone there or I can use any other country or service in my near ?
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,780 points)
    Yes this country has "Carrier offers authorized unlocking 1"
    so if I understand that means that I can buy iphone there and for extra fee, they'll unlock the phone, that i will be able to use it anywhere ???

    Yes, with the limitations I mentioned in my first post.
    For extra fee I can get unlocked phone, but does the phone has to be brand new or it can be used too that they unlock it ?

    They will only unlock a phone that they sold to you. You'll have to ask the individual carrier whether they unlock it only at the time of sale, or after you used it.
    If i buy phone in this country do I have to send for service the phone there or I can use any other country or service in my near ?

    Warranty service is available only in the country where the phone was purchased, and has to be done in person - i.e. you have to take it there yourself or have someone take it for you. You can't ship it to them.

    Message was edited by: modular747
  • alessy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You helped me alot !
    Thank you !
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (16,780 points)
    You're welcome!