New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
iPhone Hardware and Accessories Discuss iPhone hardware

Question about iPhone 3G 16 GB - BestBuy & AT&T?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Tarek

 
Tarek's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 18, 2008
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Posts: 777
Tarek has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 15" MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5

Tarek is offline
Good evening every one,

So I am planning to buy an iPhone 3G 16 GB black, I can buy it from my country here but it's worth like $1200, rip off since it's unlocked and shipped; you know taxes and stuff. I heard that I can buy it from AT&T or BestBuy for only $300, but they said that it came with year plans or what ever? which of course means LOCKED. Some people told me that I can buy it from AT&T by a 2-years-plan for $300, but some of them say that I'll have to pay monthly fees, plus I have to be a citizen or at least living in the States, and other said that once I pay the $300 it's mine and I can do what ever with it, but it's still going to be locked, so I don't know which side to believe. I went to bestbuy's website and found it for sale, $300 as I was old, but when I viewed Specifications, it said Network Provider: AT&T which means locked, but can I buy it without a plan? Which means looked but, whenever I try and unlock it, I can pop in my sim card and use it while I am here in Cairo. Here's the link of the BestBuy item I'm talking about http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1218009737378

So I need some one to explain how this goes, and if I can take it to my country, unlock it, pop in my simcard and it'd work just fine; and also if it's possible without having to pay monthly fees of course because I am not going to be in the country itself by then. Thank you very much!
QUOTE Thanks
Tarek

 
Tarek's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 18, 2008
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Posts: 777
Tarek has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 15" MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5

Tarek is offline
Anyone? Come on people, I need this answer! Lol :p
QUOTE Thanks
NPuter

 
NPuter's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 15, 2007
Location: Miami, Fl
Posts: 989
NPuter is a jewel in the roughNPuter is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 15" 2.2GHz Santa Rosa Macbook Pro - 4GB Ram - 120GB HD OS X Leopard - Windows XP

NPuter is offline
First of all, you cannot buy an iPhone 3G from AT&T (or BestBuy) without signing up for a 2-year contract... There were speculations of a "contract free" version, but so far that has not happened.
So if you want to buy an iPhone from AT&T or BestBuy, you are going to be stuck paying monthly bills for at least 2 years unless you pay the early termination fee to get out of your contract.

Here is how the iPhone 3G is sold.
If you a new AT&T customer, you can get the phone for $200 ($300 16GB) and have to sign up for a 2-year contract... (monthly bills)
If you are an existing AT&T customer and are not eligible for an upgrade, you can get the phone for $400 ($500 16GB) and have to extend your contract for 2 years.

So, what you want to do is not currently possible...


Hope this helps.


"The forums are not only a place to have questions answered, they are a place to be part of a community..."
QUOTE Thanks
Tarek

 
Tarek's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 18, 2008
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Posts: 777
Tarek has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 15" MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5

Tarek is offline
Thanks a lot but I do have another question, what if I pay the first amount ($300) then travel back to Cairo and stop paying monthly fees of course, what would happen? Do they ask for passport or something like that when you're buying it?
QUOTE Thanks
NPuter

 
NPuter's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 15, 2007
Location: Miami, Fl
Posts: 989
NPuter is a jewel in the roughNPuter is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: 15" 2.2GHz Santa Rosa Macbook Pro - 4GB Ram - 120GB HD OS X Leopard - Windows XP

NPuter is offline
First of all that would be illegal...

Second, you need to live in the US and purchase the phone with a credit card...

You may want to look around EBay/internet for a cheap, no contract, iPhone...


"The forums are not only a place to have questions answered, they are a place to be part of a community..."
QUOTE Thanks
Tarek

 
Tarek's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 18, 2008
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Posts: 777
Tarek has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 15" MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5

Tarek is offline
From all the rumors I heard before, almost every one on eBay scams and there's no refund. So, I guess I'll just buy an unlocked one from here or maybe a BlackBerry Bold 9000 from the guy on this forums.

Thanks a lot for you replies, helped me .
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Voicemail | Best Buy »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Question about selling an iPhone on eBay m021478 iPhone Hardware and Accessories 1 06-12-2008 05:46 PM
3G iPhone and AT&T Chris3d iOS and Apps 3 06-10-2008 12:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:48 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?