Aug 4, 2008

3G iPhone

My wife just came back from a trip to the states and surprised me with a 3G iPhone. Now, it doesn't work over here until it's unlocked but I can't find the program to unlock. I don't think it's out yet. However, I figured I'd throw it out to you guys to see if you can help.

EDIT: Thanks to Trader Eyal who forwarded me this article. I then searched Google and found this article stating that I can go to Orange (or any French carrier), sign a contract, pay a fee and they will be legally required to unlock my phone. If I don't want to pay the fee upfront then they will unlock it after 6 months.

So... seems to me that I should just go to a local carrier with the best monthly price and ask them the details. I'll take the free option since I know I'll be here longer than 6 months.

5 comments:

Eyal said...

Neat. Check this out, might be of help:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/07/17/france_payg_iphone_3g/

OONR7 said...

thanks eyal... I'll check it out.

OONR7 said...

eyal... that's really interesting because Orange is the carrier I was thinking of joining. Guess I go there... open a contract, present the phone and they have to unlock it. On a side note... the price in the article seems really high and my wife definitely made the right call buying it in the States (even though we'll need to pay the contract termination cost).

chartguy said...

I believe the term is jailbreak, they have some jailbreak apps for the iPhone 3G. Haven't read it in detail, here is one link though http://www.installerapps.com/2008/07/10/iphone-3g-jailbreak-and-unlock/

OONR7 said...

chartguy: Jailbreaking simply allows you to download 3rd party applications not created by Apple. Doesn't mean you can use any carrier. Although you need to jailbreak the phone first before unlocking it.