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If you are in US, India, UK and other countries, when you buy an iPhone, Apple ties up the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS you are buying to a local telecom provider. But when you buy iPhone 3G through the Hong Kong Online Apple Store, you can officially and legally get a Factory unlocked iphone which you can use with any operator. Yeah, right! “ANY” operator.

iPhone 3G & iPhone 3GS purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier. Simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS and connect to iTunes 8.2 to complete activation.


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Because they’ve been unlocked at the factory, these iPhones can always be updated and they’re covered under standard Apple warranties.

This is because, in countries like Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia, it is illegal for Cell phone companies to mandate their customers to have a contract with any ONE service provider. So, if you ever touch down at Hong Kong airport or Australia or New Zealand for a holiday or business trip, don’t forget to grab a Factory unlocked iPhone 3GS from the local Apple Online Store.

The prices are not bad either. A 16GB legally unlocked iPhone 3GS will cost you around HK$ 5,388 i.e USD 695 (or 487 Euro), while a 32GB version would cost HK$ 6,288 i.e USD 812 (or 567 Euro).

Beside HK, I found that iPhone 3GS sold in NZ and Australia are also pretty cheap.
iPhone 3GS 16 GB:
New Zealand 1,150.00 NZD = 552.033 EUR = 788.202 USD
Australia 879.00 AUD, 491.287 EUR, 684.991 USD
iPhone 3GS 32 GB:
New Zealand 1,349.00 NZD, 920.172 USD, 647.422 EUR
Australia 1,040.00 AUD, 810.469 USD, 581.121 EUR

Visit the Apple online stores – New Zealand, Australia , Hong Kong


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218 thoughts on “Where To Buy Factory Unlocked iPhone 3GS for a Cheap Price?

  1. Thanks for the information. I think i will buy myself one from Australia.
    I dont want to tie myself with a contract.

  2. None of these three websites will deliver outside their countries. There’s another headache. If you live there, that’s ok. But if you live in the US like me?

  3. i was looking for factory unlock iphones, i work as a whole seller in middle east, but i am not able to find any good and reliable seller from australia or anyother country which offer unlock iphones, i got one seller from aus but i am not getting good prices can any body help
    ???

  4. can i get an iphone 3gs delivered through courier in India from Australia/NZ/HK.. if i purchase from apple online stores from these countries???

  5. I just posted this elsewhere and I’m saying this here too. You guys say Airtel locks iPhone in India. However, the one I got from Airtel seem to be unlocked. I have tried various sims. They all work just fine.

  6. I can get Factory Unlocked iphones at good prices and I can ship them to any country. Please me know if you are interested. Thank you

    • Hi there
      I am planning to go to HongKong for the end of year and wanted to find out where i can buy an Apple Iphone 3GS 32GB in black unlocked to be used in South Africa with any SIM. Where do I get the best prices in Hong Kong please?
      Thanks

    • EeeezyTek
      can you provide me with you e-mail or any way to contact you?

      i need 10 iPhone’s πŸ™‚ Unlocked ( in ) a good price

      looking forward to hear from you…

  7. Thanks for the helpful information! If I do purchase an unlocked iphone (from the Apple store in Australia, etc), will it have the same features as an iphone purchased here? That is, can I use the voice commands and other features that people are saying don’t work well on an unlocked iphone?

    Thanks!

  8. I would like to buy some iphone 3Gs 16/32GB for a good price with large quantity. Please let me know whats your price and contact info

  9. Hi Guys,

    I want to buy a factory unlocked Apple iphone 3Gs 16GB Black.
    I heard that in Australia its available, could any one please help me? I want to know the price for 3Gs & procedure how to ship it from Australia.

    Regards,
    Sachin.

  10. I am from India. And is it possible to use the factory unlocked iphone in India with any network?
    Please let me know. I am waiting desperately to buy it.

  11. Are these current prices? Do I need to buy in advance and have a shipping address in HK or can I just stop in a store and pay cash? Ohh, is that last millenium? Please advise the cheapest place these days to find iPhone (Kowloon) , not necessarily even the latest version …

  12. hey ..i have my brother working in NZ but whts the point….u said the cheapest ones are in HK and that too cost 700-800 US $ ie 30-35k INR ……..I THINK THE PRICE OF 3GS IN INDIA WUD BE IN THE SAME RANGE ..SO WHTS THE POINT ….DIDT GET U

    • 3G itself costs 30k and 36k in India for 16Gb and 32Gb. How do you expect 3GS costing same? Moreover I do not foresee 3GS arriving anytime in near future *SIGH*

  13. Hi i am sai from little rock,arkansas,us doing my masters..i am having brand new iphones 3gs – 16gb & 32gb…they are both unlocked.i needed money as i dont want to exchange with the exchange rates,so bought the iphones.i will be coming to mumbai on 13th dec..and will be going to hyd next day..will be in banglore on 25th dec…i want to sell them..this are us brand, at&t…

    iphone black 32gb 3gs brand new unlocked —–34000
    iphone black 16gb 3gs brand new unlocked —– 30000
    i also have 500 apps which u can use them as i will make it in a cd and give it…

    i will give the phone on hand and take the money by hand..no online payments…

    • hi,sai this is anirudh here.m from hyderabad and i want to buy apple iphone 3gs 32gb from u.so plz let me know wen exactly ur cumin to hyderabad and where can i meet and give u cash and buy it 4m u

  14. I have last week picked up an iPhone 3GS. I was surprised by the quality of the device. The iPhone 3GS is a lot faster in-terms of accessing data over the internet compared to the last edition of the device.

  15. I live in Hong Kong and could ship these out. But please be aware that these are never “cheap”, they just happen to come factory unlocked in HK. You can see the HK retail price in the screenshot above, or on apple.com/hk.

    • can you send me an apple i hone 3gs black 32gb,but is it realy genuine apple, and its a factory unlocked , iam living in oman
      i

  16. Hi
    I am planning to go to Hong Kong and Shenzen for end of Year. where can i buy an Apple Iphone 3Gs 32GB in black unlocked to be used in South Africa please with any SIM. Apple in SA will not cover for the “international Warranty”, does that i mean that I would need to send it back to Hong Kong for repairs? Buying an Apple Iphone from Hong Kong does that mean that i can upgrade the firm ware any time.
    Thanks
    Vee

  17. I am looking for iphone 3G shipped to India. If anyone can help me then please respond at [EDITED] with your quote. I know it sounds like a business deal but believe me after seeing lot of ppl ready to help on this forum I am sendig this mssg. In India its expensive you for me..;-(

  18. we can also purchase the factory unlocked iPhone in Arab Emirates, at the Etisalat for around USD 670.

    One thing that I need a clarification is whether all the iPhone feature can function well in other countries…

  19. This article is extremely misleading. It does not take into account shipping or duty costs, or the huge expense you will experience when you try to get the phone fixed under warranty.

    iPhone warranty is ONLY valid in the country the phone was purchased from.
    …So to get it fixed you have to fly to that country, and wait for a few weeks for it to be fixed, or if you know someone you have to pay the shipping and duty costs again!

    [edited] is one of the best known ‘reputable’ online retailers of the factory unlocked iphone 3gs. They claim to be the only company that will handle the warranty repair return on behalf of their customers.

    • This is what I call a well written spam. I edited the link to that website of yours, but approved the comment only to warn others about scammers like you. I have clearly mentioned in the article that one can “BUY” or get it from relatives. Never told them to ship it or mail it!!
      iPhone warranty is not restricted to the country it was purchased from.

  20. Hey Raju,

    i did get a lot of info but i hv a doubt….I want the iphone 3gs black 16gb unlocked. I am from Delhi and am sailing. I will be getting off the ship by 15th Jan’10, i get off in Italy. Now the deal is that i want this iphone. I have a relative coming in from the US(Texas) sometime in Jan. WHat do u reckon? Should i buy the phone in India or ask my relative to buy it from US. In short where is the phone cheaper and if its the US, where in US should one buy it from and what is the approximate cost der and in India.

  21. The bad part is all the respective countries were shipping only with in the country.. how should i get that in India..

  22. hey everybody..
    I just picked up an IPhone 3GS the other day..so far I am really impresssed with it..I have the 32GB model…and it is awesome…by the way guys I have an extra one that I am selling, its also the 32gb model..i got 2 because it was working out cheaper…please tell me if you are interested, i can guarantee you that you wont be dissapointed, I also will ship it worldwide.

  23. Hi Everyone,

    I am an online seller in Australia and can provide you with CHEAP Iphone 3GS’s, though I will need details of how many you need & shipping to provide you with a quote. So get in touch with me ASAP!

    • Hey Raj,

      I am interested in buying an unlocked iPhone 3gs 32GB (black only). Please tell me the best price. I need it hand-delivered and not couriered – as I don’t want any custom hassles here in India. I live in Calcutta.

  24. anybody have any iphone all version for sale contact me .i wanna buy a lot of them.please contact me about price and shipping .im living in the US.thanks

  25. Hi
    I am In Nepal. I am willing to buy an unlocked Apple Iphone 4gb 2g or 3g? How can I get it? Can I get it by my credit card? or any other legal way?

  26. Hi,
    i want to buy a iphone 3gs in hong kong, is it still possible, and could they deliver it to germany?
    and can i smoothly use it here?

    • Buying an iPhone in HongKong and using it in Germany is just fine, but they won’t deliver it themselves. If you have someone travelling to HK you can get it from them.

  27. I am looking to purchase 5-10 Authentic Apple Iphones 3GS 32GB UNLOCKED. If there is anyone out there who sales or knows of a reputable supplier please contact me.

  28. Raju – Thanks for this article. I’m an American living in Korea which has a terrible plan for it’s iphone with almost no support for foreigners. Your article is highlighting a good alternative for those of us living in countries with poor iphone support. Once again – thanks!

  29. Hey Raju.. im a resident of mumbai.i was considering buying a locked iphone 3gs from the usa through a relative and ship it to mumbai,india and unlock it after i get it .. what would be the price in inr ..? what about the warranty offered..? is this a good alternative..?

  30. Hi,

    I am Akshay from Delhi. I m looking for a 2nd hand Iphone 3gs. If anyone is interested in selling please contact me.

    Thanks

    Akshay

  31. Hi,

    I live in USA and wanna buy apple iphones mainly 3GS 32GB for good price in large quantities. Can you respond on my email.
    Thanks

  32. Hey. I wanted to know if any iphone 3GS could be shipped to India from any of the countries where the shipping takes place.
    Can you please tell me?
    Thankyou πŸ™‚

  33. And also if not in India(I just read the whole thing), I have relatives in USA. I wanted to know if I could get an unlocked Iphone there. What will be the price?
    Please let me know as I’m really keen on buying it.
    Thankyou again πŸ˜€

  34. these phones are great. i need this phone particularly to run my trading apps on. but one thing is it’s too expensive. i’ve tried to save about 900$ for it but another problem. i can’t buy it. funny. they shouldn’t limit it. it should be available all round, the unlocked i mean.

  35. @ RAJU
    hiiii, I am very much excited to buy an iphone 3gs.
    I have some questions and I think you can clarify them..
    1)iphone 3G is available in india.is it the unlocked iphone.
    2)you mentioned that the factory unlocked iphone can be brought from au,nz or hk but they cost 30-35k(INR) and why is the price very low in US($199) 3)I have seen in some site that any iphone can be unlocked using YellowSn0w software.Can it really be unlocked

    THANKS:)

    • Very valid questions Krishna!
      1) No. The iPhone 3G available in India come with a contract (from either Vodafone or Airtel) and hence locked with the carrier
      2) $199 is when you buy it with 2 years AT&T contract which is again locked
      3) Any iPhone (till OS version 3.1.2) can be unlocked and jailbroken ( can search this site). The latest version (3.1.3) is not yet jailbreakable

  36. @RAJU
    Thank you for the reply.and I have one more question ..is it possible for a person from US to buy an iphone there and get it to india ,so that I can unlock it here. Will there be any risks for him ???

  37. UPDATE on Australian pricing.

    I’m from Australia and the unlocked iphone 32 GS, costs about $1,100 AU with local warranty. I’m going to Hong Kong, and after research, I”ve opted to purchase one from the HK Apple store for $900 AU, saving me $200 AU. No warranty.

    Hope this info helps someone.

    If you have any sources for a cheaper option, please provide me with a Kowloon address and website if possible?

    Deb

  38. I would like to buy 1 Unlocked 3Gs iphones, 16 or 32GB black color, could you let me know if its posssible & how much? Australian dollar

  39. Hi Raju, this article prevented me from requesting a US based relative to get a pricier unlocked phone from there. As i have a friend going to HK in March, can you pls suggest whether I should order the iPhone from Apple’s online store to my friend’s hotel, or should he pick the phone up from any electronic store from the HK.

    Another question which is not directly related to this topic – is the 32 GB version worth the 5400 INR bump in price according to you.

    Thanks a ton for your time.

    • Yes, your friend can order it online from Apple store directly. As for the second question, it is worth if you are obsessive about music. For many 16gb is much more than enough

  40. Just curious… If someone is selling a “Factory Unlocked” iPhone and insists on not upgrading the firmware when iTunes prompts you because it will reset itself and can never be unlocked again, is it really a “Factory Unlocked” unit?

  41. I see that you get factory unlocked iPhone 3GS available in Mumbai at Heera Panna and they also mention that it is imported from Hong Kong. How do you identify if that is authentic or not? Is there some way to figure out if it is really factory unlocked and not jail broken?

  42. Hii Raju..i am leavin to Paris on the 17th of this month. Orange is selling the iphone 3gs 16gb for 59 euros on contract..
    1)Is it possible for a tourist like me to purchase??
    2)if its possible then can i leave the country before the contract gets over??
    3)Are there any legalaties involved??(plan to purchase on prepaid)
    4)Can i unlock the locked phone when i return to india??
    Awaiting ur reply…thx!!!!!

  43. @raju

    one of my frnd lives in nz is is comming in nov. i told him 2 bring 1 for me! he said that he will bring 1! but d only thig is that i hv 2 register it on the apple site! thn only it will start working with any service provider!

    do i have 2 register it??

    pls help..

  44. Dear Raju,
    3 cheers for providing gr8 info to all queries. Kindly answer mine too.
    I have a friend in US. I want to get a 3gs 16gb by asking him to pay $199 & after a month pay $175 as contract pre-mature termination fee of AT&T.So
    it will cost $375 totally. Would this make the phone free of carrier lock so it could be used in India. Can I then update officially thru itunes.

    Thanks in advance.

    keep up the good work

  45. Hi Raju,
    Thanks for ur reply. Got ur point. I think of asking my friend to buy & keep it with him for 1 month & then terminate the contract & then later send it to me. BTW, which is better – buying in india thru grey market or getting from US (price doesnt matter) in terms of feel safe factor

    Thanks for ur help
    Keep up the good work

  46. Hi Raju,
    Though this is my first post, i have been following this page for quite a long time now. I am in India. After reading ur comments i decided to buy the factory unlocked 16gb iphone 3Gs from Hong Kong (32700 INR). After a long wait finally got it yesterday. It really rocks. Registered it in itunes and downloaded a few applications too. No problems with using it in India. thanks a lot for all the info u have provided.

    Senthil

  47. Hello,
    I am from noida,i found a guy dealing with factory unlocked i phone( 3gs ) in mumbai. He told me that he get them from singapore and warraty is applicable in singapore itself. He told me that the phone would cost Rs. 36,000 -16 gb . Is it advisable to buy i phone 3gs from him with warranty not applicable in india. Help me Raju.

    • No, that seems to be a bad deal. I suggest you to wait for sometime as we have news of iPhone 3GS coming to India officially (but locked)

  48. Boss , I have been waiting for one year to get this and i don’t think i can resist further . please let me know me what do you find wrong with the deal. If the concern is with warranty , i will take risk. Thanks for taking time on this. It ‘s very helpfull for me.

    • it is always your wish to buy or not to buy πŸ™‚ It costs little over 32k when buying from HK and the news is locked version with Airtel will cost 32k in India as well.

  49. Raju thanx 4r ur post

    “as i told u abt my frnd who lives in nz n will bring 1 3gs 4r me in nov”

    nw i gt d news 4m u n d newspaper dat 3gs is finaly comming 2 india withng few weeks!! n will 33k 4r 16 and 42k 4r d 32!! n my qus is dat

    1 will i wait 4r my frnd..becoz in nz it will cost me around 36k 4r d 16

    2 if i buy it in india!! can i use any sim after one yr?? will be it legal

    pls suggest
    thanx

  50. Hi Raju,

    I am currently working in Indonesia. On my return trip to India, I will be travelling via Hongkong & I have 4 hours transition time at HK airport on 21st May 2010. Can you please suggest where I can buy Iphone 3GS – 32GB Black inside HK airport.

    Awaiting your response.

    Thanks.

  51. Hello,
    I look for iphone 3gs 32gb again with faktory unlocked.
    When you make me a good price included shipping to Germany i buy 10 iphones.
    please none only dealer prices.i continues to sell those iphones and with some salesmen is prices very highly.
    then rather none offer.

  52. Thanks for the Valuable news you gave me ,it helped a lot. One last question to be clarified . If i buy airtel Sim locked i phone 3Gs in India and take it to US after six months will it work there.

  53. Hi Raju!

    hey thnx for all da info u r providing . real useful. After going through ur comments i realised dat da cheapest option is to get a frnd in US 2 buy a iphone for 199 $ n den get contact premature termination done by paying fee. My question is
    a) Can such a phone work with any network in India?
    b) will i be able to take updates from the official iphone site in India?
    c) after what period of time after buying da phone can my friend get da contract premature termination done?
    d) should he register da phone in Us only or i can do it in India after receiving it?

    Plz plz plz answer

    Razz

  54. Very cool info! as a matter of the fact my uncle lives in HK and I’ll be visiting in a month after I get my U.S passport. I’m gonna have to buy one 32gb for myself and 5 “3GS 16gb” for my friends in U.S, U.K and Germany. Thank you very much for the info.

  55. If someone is sending a phone by a courier(FedEx/UPS/DHL .. whtevr) or something ,don’t ya guys think customs won’t catch it , I think its illegal to send a phone thru dese mediums, best way is to personally get it from some known person (this is wht i hv heard.. but you are the expert )

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  56. Hey
    I read sumwhere on apple site or AT&T site that you can get a refurbished Iphone at a less price ? What are these refurbished phones ???

  57. hi raju.

    Hi,I’m looking for 3GS 16 GB ,can i ask my relatives in US to buy the unlocked one?Where do they unlock in US ? And wt is the price of that..??? plz help me

  58. I live in US is there anywhere I can get an unlocked 3gs in this country, I hate contracts so I have avoided them for the last 5 years. But want the Iphone.

  59. Hi Raju.

    The factory unlocked version of the iPhone 3GS 16gb in about $900 in U.S. You can get it cheaper from Australia or HongKong about $695. If you just buy the ATT locked version and unlock it yourself, as soon as you connect it to iTunes it will get locked again to ATT. The new 3GS is very difficult to jailbreak specially if it’s your first time.

    Benji

  60. @ ishan,

    The customs won’t bother catching one phone. But if you send 20 iPhones with FedEx or UPS, YES they with hold it until you pay them πŸ˜€

  61. Hi Raju and Others,

    My friend from US has purchased the Iphone 3gs 3.1.3 locked one.
    As the phone is still unlcoked,Can we use Airtel Sim with the iphone 3gs which is locked in US ?
    As Airtel is the provider for Iphone 3GS in india,can we use it with the locked iphone 3gs?

  62. raju recently I got email which informed me about this site to buy cheap iphone? what do you think about this? is it fraud site that try to scam us? or we can trust it, because it offer really cheap iphone even compare to seller on ebay

  63. hi guys : I would like to buy 1 Unlocked 3Gs iphones, 16 or 32GB black color, could you let me know if its posssible & how much in india? US dollar

  64. hi,

    i am going 2 nz nxt mnt i want 2 buy an iphone 3gs 32gb.

    1 of my frnd bought an 3gs 4m Dubai bt whn he inserted AIRTEL sim in india it got network lock.

    my qus is dat if i buy it from nz will i face the same problem as i am using AIRTEL connection

    thanx
    pls reply.

    • @Dev,
      You must specifically ask for “Factory unlocked” iPhones before buying, which will work with any carrier in the world, including AIRTEL

  65. Hi Raju,

    I bought an apple 3GS factory unlocked from australia when I was there in october 2009. It worked fine till now. One fine morning it started acting weird and showed the error 23 which I came to know from the research that it is a hardware problem. Now as I had bought it from australia the warranty does not apply in india. So i inquired at apple store australia and they said they will replace it so I send it thru DHL to one friend who is in australia to carry it to apple store. He took it there and they replaced it in no time and gave a new one.

    Now when he went again to DHL to deliver it to me in india, they are denying that they can deliver the iphone outside australia.

    I do not know why. Do have any idea? pls help

  66. hi this is gurpreet…
    i wanted to know that can i use iphone purchased from usa in india…i actually cam to know that purchasing iphone from usa is on contract basis. so how can i use it in india…. and i also wanted to know that is iphone 16 gb really cheap??? i came to know that its costing about us$199 .. it means if we convert it indian currency it will cost round about 10000. rs .. nd is it really true……..so can anyone help me….

  67. Thanks, good advice. Many people have to hack iPhones to unlock them. And if there is a possibility to buy an oficially factory unlocked iPhone 3GS, then why not take it. Frankly speaking I didn`t know before that in these countries they sell unlocked iPhones. Well if I ever go anywhere there I will probably get one.

  68. hi raju…
    here you have given nice information regarding iphone…
    I wanted to ask you… One of my relative is coming to india from us in 15, days… One of the apple store is offering iphone 3gs 16gb for 199 dollars locked with at&t… Then after buying you have to activate it through itunes and get on with at&t contract… I want to ask you can I bring the iphone without activating from there and then can I activate here in india…
    do reply soon…
    Thanks a lot for all the information…

  69. Hi raju, one clarification, if i buy factory unlock iphone from either Aus, HK or NZ and get it to india, after i put a vodafone sim and update it through i tunes, would the phone gets locked with vodafone or would it still be unlocked ?

  70. hey
    i wanted a new unlocked cheap iphone(3g or 3gs) 8gb/16gb in dubai.if neone could help me out.thanx a lot.

  71. Hi,

    Can you help in providing info about getting Iphone 3G or 3GS from US with lowest Price and use it in india with any network.

  72. I’m traveling to New Zealand for holidays in July 2010 and wanted to purchase Iphone 4G. I just read that Apple will release it in New Zealand soon. Will it be unlocked and can it be used in UAE.

    I have an earlier 3G Iphone purchased without any service warranty and currenty is having hardware problems.

    • @Steve,
      In all possibilities NZ will get iPhone 4 (its not called 4G!) in July 2010. And I believe countries like NZ, AUS and HK will get the factory unlocked versions. I will confirm that when it happens

  73. Hi,

    I wanted to know wheather I can purchase factory unlocked i phone 3gs / i phone 4 (after its arrival) in Singapore. It is for use in India. If yes, how and at what average price?
    Please give advice
    Thanks,
    Chaan

  74. Hi Raju

    I have someone from my office visiting NY this week. I have few questions & would appreciate your early reply – Thanks

    1. Can we get factory unclocked i phone 4 64gb , if so for how much & what will be best place to buy in NY, USA.

    2. If Iphone 4 is not available i would like to go for factory unlocked 64gb 3gs- if so for how much & what will be best place to buy in NY, USA.

    • @Vipin,
      I am afraid I can be of any help for either of your questions
      1) Factory unlocked iPhone 4 is not announced officially and unofficial news are nothing more than pure rumors.
      2) iPhone 4 release date is June 24th which is couple of weeks away. Factory unlocked iPhone 3GS comes with 16GB and 32GB only. I am not sure about the best place to buy in NY.

  75. @chaan,
    Singapore will most probably get the factory unlocked iPhone 4 through SingTel, but price is still a mystery. Wait for a week or 2.

  76. Dear Raju

    Thanks for your reply.

    So if someone wants to get I phone 3gs from USA can they simply buy from any store & get it to india & get the software breaked in India.

    Is it available as prepaid connection also in USA.

  77. Hi Raju,

    Thanks for all the information. I have following queries.

    1) My colleague in USA (who is US citizen) is getting iphone 3 GS 16 GB for $125 with AT&T contract. If I pay pre-mature termination then will that phone work anywhere in world?
    2) You said above that some version of iphone is unlockable, is that 3 G and available in market?
    3) How can we make sure that the iphone is properly unlocked?
    4) I want to get it from US, what’s the best option I can have?

    Requesting your help. Thanks in advance.

  78. Vipul:

    You totally missed the point of this thread.
    The guys above said buy an iphone WITHOUT any contract.!!
    You paying 125 and you still need to signed up a contract from the provide. Which is end up way more dollar just buying the iphone from HK or NZ.
    The iphone is offically unlocked by Apple as well and you can do updates directly from apple site. But the iphone you pay 125 will need after market unlock which is not able to update later.
    YOU NEED TO READ CAREFULL !!

    Marlborox

  79. Hi Raju,

    My colleagues are visiting to US,UK , HKG,SIngapore this week for a month.I need to buy a Iphone ( 2g/3g/3gs/4g) .Please suggest the cheaper option .I need to use Iphone in India.

    Cheers,
    Sandy
    [ph no edited]

  80. hey man,

    friendly request,

    1. could you repost the current cost of 1phone 4 and 3gs! since its been a will so.
    2. and if the cost is still same whats the point in buying it,

    since,
    iphone 3gs 32gig come’s 810$ u.s.d (as per the above mentioned rates)
    hence,
    converting 810$ USD to indian rupee cost’s 37,500 as of 27/jun/2010(my home place).
    so the locked is available at airtel for 40 Grand(40,000 rs.).There max about 3k difference.

    so plz correct me if i am wrong or plz repost the cost rating’s.

    Thankx and regards,
    bala AKA Baron.

  81. hii raju
    Is thr any way of breaking AT&T contract? I am going to US next week.& i will return in 15 days. so is thr any way to get iphone at $199 or $299?

  82. Okay we’re almost a month into the iPhone 4’s launch (in US, UK, Japan, Germany, France)
    UK and Canada are on board to sell them unlocked
    US is offering a $600 no-contract/still locked to AT&T anti-deal

    So, which country are Americans going to buy there unlocked iPhone 4’s cheapest? Hong Kong or Canada?

  83. Buy only unlocked iPhones. That will help you to update software upgardes from Apple. Thats true we can jailbreak and use iPhone as unlocked phone. But with the next update again your iPhone will get locked. So i recommend to buy only factory unlocked iPhones. There are many online portals selling “factory unlocked ” iphones

    Hope this helps!!

    Expert iPhone user: iphone 2g,3g,3gs and now iPhone 4 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Cheers,
    Kiran

  84. Hello,
    Can you help in providing info about,getting i-phone 3gs / i-phone4 from Hongkong lowest price and can use it in Thailand with any network[UNLOCK]

    Thank you

    Khun Ar

  85. @Khun Ar,
    You can buy iPhone 3GS from Apple store in HK. Ask for factory unlocked model when buying. iPhone 4 will be released this month in HK

  86. Hi Raju,

    Do you have any information whether BSNL 3G is compatible with I phone 4? I am planning to get an unlocked i pone ,

    Thanks

  87. Raju: yes Bsnl wil work on iphone 4. However u need to cut sim card bcoz iphone 4 accept micro sim card. Buy factory unlocked phone from UK

  88. Hello all,

    I do not know whether the doubt which i have has been answered already. If so please direct me to the right thread. Else please help. So here goes my doubt..

    Iam planning on gettin the iphone 4 at singapore. My friend stays there. I ll be needing 2 Iphones. Once my friend ships it, will he be able to send it through courier without paying duty or customs? I am worried cause if I am charged customs or duty ill be payin a lotta money. I do not know where to ask or whom to ask. So if anyone knows bout this please help!!

    Thanks in advance
    Cheers
    Madhu

    • @Madhusudhan,
      You better get it confirmed from the courier service provider you are planning to use. When I inquired about shipping iPad from HK via FedEx, they quoted around 6k (assuming 2kg package) which included customs/tax. So, if you are in India, call FedEx/DHL and inquire directly. Do update us if you get to know anything

  89. Hello All,

    I am in Germany till December. Is it advisable to buy unlocked Iphone3GS or 4 before I go back to India.What will be the price here in Germany.I see some of the comments said the cheapest unlocked iphones are HK/NZ/Australia(it works out as 487 Euros for 16Gb legally unlocked 3GS). Please suggest what to do..

  90. Hi All,

    I want to buy a factory unlocked I phone 3GS from US. Can anyone pls tell from where a person can but it and what will be the cost.

  91. Hy guys.. ill b goin to hk nxt week .. nd i wntd to nw wt will b da bst price dere? i want a 4G .. if i get tht one twenty five (usd) one then will i be able to use other s
    sim cards on it (specificly vodafone) .. so please update me wid the answer .. tnx in advance ….hope this site helps πŸ˜€

    • for the latest price check Apple (HK) online store. Google for “Apple HK”. You must specifically ask for “factory unlocked” iPhone 4 before buying. As for the SIM, any GSM sim must work, though it must be a Micro SIM. A mini SIM be manually cut to a microsim or you can use a tool as well. With iPhone 4 expected to be released in India in October, Vodafone “might” provide the micro SIM themselves.

  92. hi,
    my brother has brought an 3gs for me from NZ. in rest there’s an option that. ERASE ALL CONTENT.. i hv done it twice…1 of my frnd told me that i can do it max 5 times after that i have 2 send it to the apple,, to use it again..i asked i brother bt he said he has knw idea….
    is it true?? pls help

  93. I’m from Germany and I thought of buying an factory unlocked Iphone 3gs. Could anybody tell me some australian onlineshops where I can order? Or isn’t that a good idea?

  94. I’m from Nepal and I though of buying Iphone 4 G. Here only general sim card available but Iphone 4 G olny support micro sim. Plz kindly suggest me m i change general sim to micro sim or not?
    If yes , How can change general to micro?

  95. Something to remember – the apple warranty is only honored in the country of origon. So if you buy an iphone from Hong Kong, you have to send it to Hong Kong for service – on your dime.

    • sorry, that is a wrong info. Most of the Apple products come with international warranty by default. One can get it confirmed before buying though.

  96. I am from Australia and am going overseas to Hong Kong. I wish to buy an iphone, but not sure whether to purchase a 3GS or 4. I currently have an Australian SIM card, will it work in both models and what model am I better of purchasing?

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