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Is anybody able to clear this up for me??

 

Apple sells the iPhone 3GS 16GB for $US199 on their website in the US

 

here in Australia, the apple online (and everywhere else) is selling the same phone for $AU879

 

this is way, way, way, way, way more than any exchange rate or extra postage costs could ever possibly allow for.

 

Firstly, i am curious as to how it can be so much more expensive over here?

 

second thing i'm confused about:

 

I had a thought about buying one off ebay america to ship it over here, but every listing i've found is selling it for around $500-$800 US and people *in the united states* are bidding for, and buying some of these phones

 

this makes -no sense at all-

 

if apple is selling them for $199 over there, who would pay $500 or so??

 

can anybody clear this up for me?

 

Cheers!

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thanks man, that clears a lot up.

 

I realise now that buying it outright in america is US$599

 

which is still about $200 cheaper, but factoring in shipping and stuff it's all makes sense now. Thanks!

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thanks man, that clears a lot up.

 

I realise now that buying it outright in america is US$599

 

which is still about $200 cheaper, but factoring in shipping and stuff it's all makes sense now. Thanks!

Won't it be locked to AT&T?

 

Rob.

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thanks man, that clears a lot up.

 

I realise now that buying it outright in america is US$599

 

which is still about $200 cheaper, but factoring in shipping and stuff it's all makes sense now. Thanks!

Won't it be locked to AT&T?

 

Rob.

 

 

IIRC an iPhone restore via iTunes removes the lock, doesn't it?

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thanks man, that clears a lot up.

 

I realise now that buying it outright in america is US$599

 

which is still about $200 cheaper, but factoring in shipping and stuff it's all makes sense now. Thanks!

Won't it be locked to AT&T?

 

Rob.

 

 

IIRC an iPhone restore via iTunes removes the lock, doesn't it?

 

In Australia it will, if you're carrier has allowed it (Telstra charges $180 or something like that).

 

Afaik AT&T most certainly don't.

 

Rob.

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Step 1: Buy iPhone outright.

Step 2: Hit with hammer

 

You are now free of any carrier lock-ins.

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Step 1: Buy iPhone outright.

Step 2: Hit with hammer

 

You are now free of any carrier lock-ins.

Incorrect. It's unlikely you'd break the chip that stores the baseband.

 

Rob.

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You can unlock your Iphone yourself pretty easily.

Oh really? Even if it's got the latest baseband (which I certainly imagine it would)?

 

Rob.

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You can unlock your Iphone yourself pretty easily.

Oh really? Even if it's got the latest baseband (which I certainly imagine it would)?

 

Rob.

 

 

Nope

 

Requiring a jailbreak + unlock before updating is annoying, everyone gets to play with the new features while you wait for your chance to upgrade.

 

There's one reason why I bought an aussie 3G when it came out. sick of waiting for unlocks.

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I was speaking to my brother while he was in a phone store in Singapore, iPhones cost less here and they still had the 16GB 3G.

 

Even with the unlock fee (Vodafone $75).

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Incorrect. It's unlikely you'd break the chip that stores the baseband.

What good is it having a baseband if the rest of the phone is in tiny little bits? You are free from the lock-in because a) you bought the phone outright and b) it's broken so you can't use it. Therefore you don't have to recharge the credit.

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I was speaking to my brother while he was in a phone store in Singapore, iPhones cost less here and they still had the 16GB 3G.

 

Even with the unlock fee (Vodafone $75).

 

Outright?

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You would still have to honour the contract so that won't work.

If you totally ignore the part where I said to buy the phone out right, then sure. Whatever you say.

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Outright and to use with his Indonesian and Australian SIMs.

 

I was speaking to my brother while he was in a phone store in Singapore, iPhones cost less here and they still had the 16GB 3G.

 

Even with the unlock fee (Vodafone $75).

 

Outright?

 

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Those who quote the AT&T price at $199 for a 16GB 3GS miss out on the fact that the price is in addition to a minimum $79.99 USD monthly charge for 24 months (unlimited data and 450 minutes of talk). Not to mention the data has a fair use policy, the 450 minute allocation is used by incoming calls too, and that price includes no SMS at all.

 

Another example is the AT&T unlimited plan (data, SMS, calls) which costs $149.99 a month for 24 months plus $299 upfront for the 32GB 3GS. The Vodafone unlimited plan here is $114 a month, although includes 2GB of data as opposed to unlimited*. Total cost over 24 months is $3898.76 USD for the AT&T plan as opposed to $2736 AUD for the Vodafone plan.

 

That said, 3 in Hong Kong seems to have some good deals... :) http://iphone.three.com.hk/website/en/iplan.html

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