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    hm... hi guys, im thinking of buying an iphone 3GS in the US at the apple store, paying $199 for the 16gb and then bringing it back to nz and then jailbreak + unlock it.

    will this work? O.o

    also 16gb or 32gb? lol what you reckon. > < sorry im such a noob... i've been using a crappy nokia since forever and now i want ot upgrade to something better.

    thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrnoXIII View Post
    hm... hi guys, im thinking of buying an iphone 3GS in the US at the apple store, paying $199 for the 16gb and then bringing it back to nz and then jailbreak + unlock it.

    will this work? O.o

    also 16gb or 32gb? lol what you reckon. > < sorry im such a noob... i've been using a crappy nokia since forever and now i want ot upgrade to something better.
    Seriously nope.. this is not going to work.

    You need to factor in activation fee, taxes and the fact that if you break the contract within 30 days you are legally obliged to return the iPhone. After 30 days you get to keep the iPhone but need to pay an early termination fee plus one months service.

    All these things bring the true cost of the iPhone up to at least US$500

    You can't get an iPhone for cash, you need to use your credit card and sign up for a US AT&T plan so the fees I mentioned above will be automatically charged to your card.

    If you do manage to get the iPhone out of contract for the minimum cost. You then need to jailbreak and use blacksn0w to unlock.

    The jailbreak for brand new 3GS is limited in that each time you restart the iPhone your phone will refuse to boot until you re-run the jailbreak tool.

    There is an Apple wifi bug that affects very few iPhone users normally. Using the blacksn0w unlock greatly increases your chances of seeing this bug. (I believe you have a 20% chance your wifi won't work)

    NZ offers factory unlocked iPhones, these are not cheap because they reflect the true price of the iPhone including the portion of the carrier revenue that Apple would receive if you had signed up for a 3GS via a carrier contract. This price is also a little inflated to protect against variations in the exchange rate between US and NZ.

    Regardless, you receive a phone that you don't need to jailbreak to get working. You can use it with nearly any 2G or 3G carrier in the world. Also you get a warranty in case something goes wrong.

    I've purchased a factory unlocked 3GS from Australia and am very happy with it.
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    first off, thanks for the quick reply!

    second, if i get it in nz it'll end up costing me something like nzd$1179 for a factory unlocked 16gb one which is less than ideal... lol...

    mm even for us500 it'll still be cheaper wont it? seomthing like nzd 650 which is about half the price for the 'warranty' that will be voided when i jailbreak it...

    what you reckon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrnoXIII View Post
    first off, thanks for the quick reply!

    second, if i get it in nz it'll end up costing me something like nzd$1179 for a factory unlocked 16gb one which is less than ideal... lol...

    mm even for us500 it'll still be cheaper wont it? seomthing like nzd 650 which is about half the price for the 'warranty' that will be voided when i jailbreak it...
    The decision is up to you... If you can live with a tethered jailbreak (need a computer to resurrect the thing every time your iPhone crashes or the battery goes flat) potentially for ever. This is the biggest negative of a carrier locked/subsidised iPhone.

    You have a better resale value for a factory unlocked iPhone.

    In Australia it is AUD $1040 for a factory unlocked 32GB, they are even slightly cheaper from Hong Kong I believe.

    Removing all traces of a jailbreak is pretty easy (just put the iPhone into DFU mode, click "restore" in iTunes and set the iPhone up as new). Then you can still claim warranty on the device.
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    mm nah the tethered jailbreak doesnt bother me too much and if im gonna be paying 1000+ i wont mind paying a few more dollars to get it in nz.

    sigh... i guess u are right. i might go for the factory unlocked option...

    so what about the jailbreak? because i would still want cydia on my iphone even if it was already unlocked, wont there be that weird wifi bug with blacksn0w?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrnoXIII View Post
    mm nah the tethered jailbreak doesnt bother me too much and if im gonna be paying 1000+ i wont mind paying a few more dollars to get it in nz.

    sigh... i guess u are right. i might go for the factory unlocked option...

    so what about the jailbreak? because i would still want cydia on my iphone even if it was already unlocked, wont there be that weird wifi bug with blacksn0w?
    If you want Cydia, you need to jailbreak and then you end up with the tethered jailbreak.

    The wifi bug, you have something like a 20% chance if you use the software unlock - blacksn0w.

    However the wifi bug can happen to anyone, even if you have never jailbroken or unlocked. However the chance is very rare if you don't use blacksn0w.
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