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Will an US iPhone work in the UK


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Hi, I live in the uk and currently use 3 network I would love an iPhone but am appalled at the prices of iPhones in this country I mistakenly went on to the American version of the apple store and found iPhones were considerably less in America, if I were to buy an unlocked American 3GS would it work with my 3 sim card in the u.k and what extra costs would I have to pay on top of the phone. I heard jailbreaking would be a safe(?????) way to unlock a phone. Please help!
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No reason why not, as long as the sim slots are the same, pretty sure they are.

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Hi, I live in the uk and currently use 3 network I would love an iPhone but am appalled at the prices of iPhones in this country I mistakenly went on to the American version of the apple store and found iPhones were considerably less in America, if I were to buy an unlocked American 3GS would it work with my 3 sim card in the u.k and what extra costs would I have to pay on top of the phone. I heard jailbreaking would be a safe(?????) way to unlock a phone. Please help!
No need to unlock it if you buy the unlocked version in the US. Just make sure you're getting the AT&T version and not the Verizon one (which doesn't have SIM slot).

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Have a feeling here that an ordinary unlocked iPhone will not work on the 3 network; I've seen a lot of warnings around but can't remember where. It's 3 that's the problem here, so it doesn't matter where you get the phone from.

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Can someone tell me me how much a us iPhone costs from three please?
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Can someone tell me me how much a us iPhone costs from three please?
There is no carrier known as "3" operating in the US. If you want to buy an unlocked iPhone, it will run you $649 (16GB) or $749 (32GB).

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Really your only option if you want to stay on the 3 network is to buy a 2nd hand iPhone in the UK that is advertised as being locked to 3.
Or go to 3 and get a contract iPhone.

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Yes and no. If you are talking about purchasing a US iPhone for use with a UK provider it's not a good idea since they run on sometimes different network protocols. If you are asking about taking a trip to the UK and using your US iPhone, yes it will work but I highly suggest calling your provider and finding out all the associated charges with using the phone overseas. For example, AT&T charges quite a bit of money for it to work. I took a trip a few years ago and paid almost $300 to use my iPhone for a few weeks.

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I also bought a phone from UK having vodafone network but i am now shifting to india can i now use the service of vodafone india shiftong my network from vodafone UK to vodafone india
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On that I would definitely phone Vodafone UK and ask them.
If you're going abroad and the iPhone is not compatible with Vodafone India they may unlock it for free.

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