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    Hello guys , I'm a newbie so be patient . My sister is going to be in France soon, is the tax returned to you immediately ? or does she have to go somewhere ? Also what do you mean by "wait for them to send the codes?" , does that mean that you will be sent a code and you have to input it ?

    what happens if she leaves France and phone hasn't been unlocked then? will we still be able to unlock it ?


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    @adood84

    The bit with the codes is just speculation, it seems that nobody on this forum performed an official unlock yet so we don't know how it's done. The opinion goes that is done through iTunes.

    The tax thing should be relevant only to people outside EU. Inside EU you pay the tax where you buy the good and do not pay in your country of residence. Does this apply to you?

    You can unlock the phone whenever you want. However, it may be wise to load your prepaid account (presumably you will get the phone on the prepaid option) while still in France. Just buy 100 EUR worth of credit from Orange and your onto something. Don't rely on the website reload as it becomes an option only after you are with Orange FR for at least 1 month and even then you may get a bad surprise. I know I did as I was getting an error every time I was trying to buy credit with my card. So bottom line: buy the credit while still in France. You can reload from your country afterwards by calling #123#. Good luck.

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    Thanx for the reply , I'm from Saudi Arabia .... so here is what I understand she should do , is buy the phone (prepaid option of course) credit it with 100 Euros , then call Orange to unlock it while she is France (does she have to wait to days before calling to request the unlock?) , and then just wait for them to unlock it . So I'm presuming even if she comes back to Saudi the phone will be unlocked by hooking it up to iTune and doing some sort of update , right?

    any info about tax return as we live outside the EU , but she might be going to back to Switzerland before coming back to Saudi .

    Sorry about all the questions but this seems to be the only way I will be getting an iPhone anytime soon so I need all the details .

    PS: thanx for this thread guys this has been the most usfel thread on the web about buying an iPhone spent alot of time searching lol

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    I will only be able to buy on Thursday or Friday
    and I will go back to my country next Wednesday
    do I have time to unlock? If I leave France with the 100 EU credit and the request of unlock can I unlock in my country that doesn't have Orange? I saw that the unlock is via itunes...

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    any updates guys ?


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    I have finally received the e-mail with instructions to unlock the iphone. According to them the iphone original parameters should be reestablished so the instruct to do a restore. Also according to them after this restore a message comunicates the iphone has been unlocked.

    Well I have tried it. The ulock message did not appeared. I have tried to use another carrier's sim and here are the results


    I was able to make and receive calls on 3g.
    Wifi worked fine
    Internet, mail and maps does not work on edge and 3g. I receive the following message: could not activate cellular data network.

    I still have not concluded if this has anything to do with the unlock or a roaming problem.

    Anyone has had success?

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    Skymau,

    I've been following this thread for a couple days and I have a couple questions. I'm in the same situation as you; I bought a phone in France and I want it unlocked, bought at the Champs-Elyssee Orange store.

    They told me on the phone though, that the unlock had to be sent to a physical address in France, and I'm not in France right now. So how did you get them to email you with the instructions to unlock the iphone. Did you just ask them to email it to you, or did you say you weren't a resident so they would email it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skymau View Post
    I have finally received the e-mail with instructions to unlock the iphone. According to them the iphone original parameters should be reestablished so the instruct to do a restore. Also according to them after this restore a message comunicates the iphone has been unlocked.

    Well I have tried it. The ulock message did not appeared. I have tried to use another carrier's sim and here are the results


    I was able to make and receive calls on 3g.
    Wifi worked fine
    Internet, mail and maps does not work on edge and 3g. I receive the following message: could not activate cellular data network.

    I still have not concluded if this has anything to do with the unlock or a roaming problem.

    Anyone has had success?
    First, try to find your provider specific APN and edit the APN settings in settings, general, network.
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    @adood84 and elitee

    It's easy: buy the phone and buy 100 EUR credit (you will get 150 EUR total credit). You can activate the credit any time from the mobile phone by dialing #123# and following the onscreen options (in French). Once you have activated the credit you have to call Orange call center (+33 607 626464), enter your Orange FR number and wait for the operator. You can then tell the operator that you want to unlock your iPhone. They will put the order in the system and you will have to wait for the confirmation email from them. Bear in mind that the call center staff generally do not speak English, so you may have to ask to be transferred to an English speaker.

    Don't listen to them when they say how long it takes. I've been told 6 variants so far. Just be patient and wait.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shade.sh View Post
    First, try to find your provider specific APN and edit the APN settings in settings, general, network.

    Thank You

    It seems that everything works fine now. I will observe the iphone op during the next day and will revert giving a feedback to everybody

    Regards


 

 
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