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    ggking7
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    My girlfriend wants an iPhone and we would like to use different SIM cards as we travel through different countries. From what I understand, in order to do this she must have an unlocked iPhone. It looks like she could buy one on eBay in the $600 range. Is there a better place to buy one?

    Are there any downsides to having an unlocked iPhone as opposed to a locked one? I've been reading some info online but it seems out of date.

    For example, is there an issue with updating the firmware on an unlocked iPhone? Would she end up paying a lot more each month with a SIM card compared to signing up with AT&T? She plans to use both voice and data.


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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Unlocked phones can not update it will brick the phone. What till next month man things are going to change.



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Ah, this is tricky then. My girlfriend canceled her Sprint service effective in a few days and she needs a phone. What is happening next month?



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Wait a sec, all unlocked phones can't update their firmware?



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Next month, which is this month (Feb.), Apple is going to release the iPhone SDK (Software Development Kit) which will allow the iPhone to run 3rd party applications like some people are doing now with a jailbroken iPhone. So there will be new software and such for you to enjoy.

    I have an unlocked jailbroken iPhone 1.1.1 and I see no cons besides not being able to update to a newer firmware without losing the unlock and jailbreak.



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Thanks trikmie. I was going to get an unlocked phone myself and just use SIM cards, not an iPhone though. Would I be able to update the firmware on a different unlocked phone? Maybe I can if that phone has an SDK available?



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Yeah, with a regular gsm phone you probably won't have to worry about firmware updates.



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Alright, thanks.



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    Have all unlocked phones been hacked? I thought you could buy a phone that isn't locked to a carrier.



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    Re: Unlocked iPhone - Pros & Cons

    If you unlock it the warranty is toast!



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