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Buy.com selling imported, unlocked iPhone 3G

Online retailer Buy.com has begun sales of “never-locked” iPhone 3G units, although it is unclear exactly where the units are from or whether they are protected by Apple’s standard one-year warranty. The units, which are listed as 16GB models but without any color specification, are priced at $800 each; a video accompanying the listing says the iPhones come from “overseas,” and may include instructions and other materials printed in Italian or some other non-English language. Confusingly, though both the video and the top portion of the listing indicate that the phones include the “Apple guarantee,” a separate block of text farther down the page indicates the phone “can only be returned to the distributor under” a “30 Day Limited Warranty.” Finally, although the page states that the phone can be used with T-Mobile in the U.S., T-Mobile’s 3G network operates on a different frequency than those supported by the iPhone 3G, meaning the device would be limited to standard EDGE connectivity when using T-Mobile’s network.

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1

The iPhones in South Africa can be bought from the official carrier (Vodacom) fully unlocked. Sim cards from any network can be placed in the phone. They go for about R6500 (about $650) in South Africa for the 8gig model. ($750 for 16gig)

Posted by Jaap on April 14, 2009 at 5:32 AM (CDT)

2

just checked it out and it says they are already sold out.

Posted by JW on April 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM (CDT)

3

South Africa?? Yeah, RIGHT.

Posted by Jerry on April 17, 2009 at 11:30 PM (CDT)

4

You can get them for much cheaper through the certified unlock program for the Apple iPhone.  I recommend checking out a company called American Wireless, they are the largest seller for iPhones for corporations.

Posted by Danniel Arries on April 21, 2009 at 2:07 AM (CDT)

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