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    Ok... i dont even own an iphone. i'm gonna get one as soon as i get some answers to a few questions, which are:

    If i buy one from apple or at&t, is that any different than buying one, from say, ebay? its not gonna be special locked if i purchase it directly from at&t will it?

    i'm with a carrier called cellular south. its a carrier that doesnt use SIM cards at all.would it be possible to use this service for an iphone?

    If not, i want to keep my phone number but i still have a year on my contract, what would i need to do to get to another carrier that uses sim cards but can still use my phone number.

    i've been thinking T-Moble, they have the fastest internet, correct? wifi i think its called...

    i've been checking these forums out for awhile, browsing the upgrades/differenty ways to unlock etc and i keep hearing "brick". this means un-fixable software dmg to the iphone?

    i know its a lot of questions, thank you for answering in advance.



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    Unfortunately you have a lot of questions that have pretty much already been answered. (Except probably the phone number transfer question which only your carrier can provide.)

    Here are the short answers, because I hate people that just say buzz off... but please try and do some more searches before asking for more info.

    1) People from e-bay have to get their iPhones from the same place you would

    2) A SIM card is 100% necessary

    3) Call your carrier

    4) Wifi has absolutely nothing to do with cellular carriers. Google Wikipedia for wifi and scroll down to uses.

    5) read, learn, love... http://www.tuaw.com/2007/10/11/iphon...bulary-primer/

    I/We'd be glad to answer any follow up questions, but please take the initiative to research a little bit first. We all did, and you should too.

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    If it is sealed in the box than they are exactly the same from ebay, at&t, or the apple store. But usually ebay Iphones are a few weeks older than if you bought it from the store, so if u were looking for a 1.0.2 firmware iphone, ebay would be your best bet

    As for a sim card. You definitely need one for the Iphone to work, ask your carrier about sim cards because that sounds a little strange and since they don't, they probably use an incompatible network for the Iphone and it wouldn't work. (Probably)

    to keep your phone contacts you need to transfer the contacts on your phone right now to Microsoft outlook. I don't know what kind of phone you have, but most newer ones have software that will do it for you.

    As for T-mobile, I have it for my Iphone right now and it works great you can even get a 6 dollar internet plan that works the same as other carriers 20 dollar plans. I dont have it because I also have their wifi plan, which includes wireless hot spots in starbucks and such. wifi is not the internet thet you will pick up if you are out and about though. This type of internet is called edge and is much slower than say a wireless network at your house or starbucks.

    and yes, bricking your iphone means that you have messed up the firmware in such a way that it can't be restored by any means and thus renders your Iphone as entertaining as well, a brick.

    Hope this answered all of your questions, from experience I know it is difficult to initially get into a hacking scene where everyone expects you to know the basic principles of everything, but after reading and trying things out for a while, it gets easier and more enjoyable.

    -Ben

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    I've decided I type to slow.... haha

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    1. It's the same phone whether from ebay/Apple/ATT --but if you buy it from ATT directly, they might want you to sign up for a contract on the spot. So your best bet is Apple or ebay...probably cheaper through Apple than ebay if you can unlock it yourself.

    2. Most likely, if your carrier doesn't use SIM cards, it's on CDMA (like Verizon) and the iPhone will not work. It needs a GSM network.

    3. If you want to keep your phone number, most likely, you will just have to sign a new contract with a new carrier and port your number--since you have a year on your old contract, you'd probably have to pay early termination fees with your current carrier. You can definitely take your number to another provider--they have to let you, it's a legality...the fees...try negotiating.

    4. So far, it seems bricks are fixable b/c they aren't truly bricked. Bricked means really, unusable and broken. So far, it seems like most people had semi-bricked phones from the Apple update 1.1.1 and in general, not real bricks--from what I've read and people calling their phone "bricks"--they just haven't found the right solution. The great thing I've found about these phones is that they are like computers and basically, everything is fixable if it's a software problem...thanks to the dev team and computer knowledge. You just have to read ALL the guides, and when one doesn't work, most likely, the solution is in another one.

    I hope that helps!


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    wow, thank you all so much for the time you've taken to answer these questions. its helped me out a lot.

 

 

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