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post #16 of 43
Whats the purpose of the "unlocked" Iphone? Could you use it with verizon or tmobile or something?
post #17 of 43
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Originally Posted by CaseJ View Post
Whats the purpose of the "unlocked" Iphone? Could you use it with verizon or tmobile or something?
any gsm: carriers that using sim card system.

tmobile is pretty cheap here compared to at&t
post #18 of 43
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Originally Posted by The_Duke_Of_Eli View Post
They're really heavy from my experience with one. If you just like the iPhone, minus the phone, the ipod touch is cheaper, lighter and smaller. Personally I'll just wait for the generation 2 to be released. Bring back completely annodized aluminum casings apple! Damn to hell your shiny scratchable backings. [/Rant mode off]
The lightness of the iPod Touch also has quite a bit to do with the polycarbonate touch screen vs the iPhone scratch resistant glass front. And well, an iPhone is going to be significantly lighter and less bulky than a Touch + cell combination.

Only thing that would bother me if I'm on T-Mobile is Apple's penchant for software lockouts. Not too sure how well/long the phone unlock is going to last. And that the iPhone barely has enough battery life to act as a DAP, web browser, and cell unless you constantly have power nearby.
post #19 of 43
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Originally Posted by kamal007 View Post
any gsm: carriers that using sim card system.

tmobile is pretty cheap here compared to at&t
Are you sure that other carriers can support iPhone without Apple ?

I bought a pair of iPhone for my "Boss" at home and myself. I've just activated one unit for a trial run. You have to use itunes to activate the phones via Apple proxy to AT&T (Cingular).

I'm not sure if iPhone use SIM card, but it's obvious that you can't just swap it like other phones.

So far, I really like it. There're a few limitations, but if you don't think like an extreme audiophile then you'd be happy with the features and design of it.

By now, I have to live without LOD on iPhone. I guess that I'd learn to adjust to the quality of the 2.5mm output. I think it's a trade-off between SQ and convenience.
post #20 of 43
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Originally Posted by 3x331m View Post
Are you sure that other carriers can support iPhone without Apple ?

I bought a pair of iPhone for my "Boss" at home and myself. I've just activated one unit for a trial run. You have to use itunes to activate the phones via Apple proxy to AT&T (Cingular).

I'm not sure if iPhone use SIM card, but it's obvious that you can't just swap it like other phones.

So far, I really like it. There're a few limitations, but if you don't think like an extreme audiophile then you'd be happy with the features and design of it.

By now, I have to live without LOD on iPhone. I guess that I'd learn to adjust to the quality of the 2.5mm output. I think it's a trade-off between SQ and convenience.
you activate it using at&t (and itunes), but then you can do one of several things to unlock it. other sim cards do indeed work in the iphone after unlocking has been performed. swapping sim cards is very similar to other phones - just use the paper clip to pop the sim card out, then replace with other sim card.

personally, i would wait until after january and macworld 2008, where jobs is most likely going to announce 3G capabilities and probably 16GB (minimum) drives. i agree that the interface and that screen are just fantastic...but wait 4 more months and i think you'll be glad you did...my 2 cents.
post #21 of 43
no 3G for the UK
post #22 of 43
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Originally Posted by jayehs View Post
no 3G for the UK

Making it bloody useless.

There's nothing better than a 3g phone (preferably HSDPA) tethered to a nokia N800 with an unlimited data package (well 1-3gb). Pure Bliss!
post #23 of 43
The iPhone is a pretty nice budget phone if the Nokia Vertu is currently beyond your reach.
post #24 of 43
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Originally Posted by Rock&Roll Ninja View Post
The iPhone is a pretty nice budget phone if the Nokia Vertu is currently beyond your reach.
The difference is that the iPhone actually does something innovative, although they both capitalize on prestige and mystique.
post #25 of 43
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post
you activate it using at&t (and itunes), but then you can do one of several things to unlock it.
Not entirely true ... there is a program called Phone Activation Server that tricks itunes and your iphone into thinking you're activated through at&t. The benefit of which is you don't get stuck in a 2 year commitment with at&t. once the phone is "activated" you can then unlock it after which you no longer need to have the phone activation server running in the background.
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by dslknight View Post
Not entirely true ... there is a program called Phone Activation Server that tricks itunes and your iphone into thinking you're activated through at&t. The benefit of which is you don't get stuck in a 2 year commitment with at&t. once the phone is "activated" you can then unlock it after which you no longer need to have the phone activation server running in the background.
right. thanks for the info. there are also other workarounds (SS# with all 9s) that will get you on pay-as-you-go plans, too.

and no 3G in the UK does suck...how useful will the included wi-fi via the Cloud be? i understand that it's pretty good for urban areas but useless in ireland or the countryside...
post #27 of 43
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Originally Posted by kugino View Post
and no 3G in the UK does suck...how useful will the included wi-fi via the Cloud be? i understand that it's pretty good for urban areas but useless in ireland or the countryside...

3 now have excellent data packages, 1gb for £10, 3gb for £15, etc

3g coverage, while not perfect, is much better than the 20 metre radius around bars and petrol stations you'd get with wifi. Coverage is increasing (albeit slowly) and speeds are increasing (7.4mbit trials at the moment). Wifi hotspots are gimmicks at best, for Starbuck regulars rather than mobile warriors


EK
post #28 of 43
i find the iphone a gimmick trying to sell off the ipod hype. sony ercisson and nokia are the ones for a phone.

not tooling about paying money for a slow internet.
post #29 of 43
Can anyone tell me when you perform the unlock on the iphone is it a permant or temporary unlock?
post #30 of 43
The iPhone in a sense is old technology. When it has 3G capabilities, then maybe it is worth buying. Until then why bother.

Simon
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