Buy iPhone 3G, then unlock?

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  1. mohitd2000

    mohitd2000 Member

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    Could I just buy an iPhone 3G off the Apple Store and unlock it? I am on T-Mobile and I want a new phone. Would the internet and app store work without T-Mobile charging me?
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    youd have to buy it full price which is several hundred dollars then unlock it, and the only way you could get data without a plan is to be in a wifi area
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    I think you can. I got one off eBay and unlocked it. You can use Wifi on the iPhone for free. I don't think 3G works for T-Mobile on the iPhone.
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    it does you just have to disable 3g
  5. mohitd2000

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    Couldnt I use my T-Mobile Signal?
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    yes you can
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    so could you buy an iphone for a hundred bucks, take it home, jailbreak and unlock it, and pay nothing more? that would be ballin...
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    mohitd2000 - you could buy a 3G from Apple directly and jailbreak/unlock it..however upon phone purchase you will also have to buy an AT&T service plan with then you would have to cancel and eat the cancellation fees for.

    Best plan is to buy one from eBay or craigslist..
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    yeah if you used it as a hactivated ipod so you can use the camera. If you want to call or text you need minutes or some kind of contract so then you would have to pay something
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    Uh...not exactly. You won't be paying just a hundred bucks.

    If you decide to buy from Apple, or an At&t you will either:

    A) Be forced to pay for a monthly contract. I believe minimum is $60 a month? The 3G will cost $99. If you don't want to continue paying monthly, you will need to terminate the contract and as a result, you will be charged and early $175 termination fee plus the monthly fee for the data plan and such. So a total of $300-400ish if you go with this method?

    B) If you buy it unlocked, be it from At&t, Craiglist or eBay, be prepared to pay at least $400-500.

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