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    I remember reading something about French law forbidding the sale of locked phones unless they can be [legit]unlocked (for a fee I guess). Could someone please confirm/clarify this? Thanks.
    If this is true it means we can buy our 3g phones on July 11th unlocked since its pretty affordable.
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    I believe you had to wait 6 months before being able to get it unlocked.. Might have been for free though, and you could pay to have it unlocked immediatly

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    This is true. I live in France and recently, all official fresh iPhone buyers can have their phones unlocked!

    But this applies to the moment when you bought your phone. So if you buy a 3G iPhone, you will have to wait until 2009 tp get your phone officially unlocked!
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    Hello,
    for the moment, if you buy an iPhone in a french Orange store (with a adress in France), you can phone-call an official number to unlock your phone for 100Euros.
    But if you don't wanna pay, you have to wait 6 month for this... The french law says that they have to offer the possibility to sell an unlocked phone. But it doesn't fix the price !
    So, if you want to unlock it when you buy it, it will cost you 100
    If you wait 6 month, you can ask it for free.
    Hope, I'm clear enough.
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    so you definitely need an address in france to be able to buy an iphone in the orange shops?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hr.Kaiser View Post
    so you definitely need an address in france to be able to buy an iphone in the orange shops?
    No, A lot of people seemed to manage to buy one. Under EU law, Orange cannot refuse to sell something to another EU citizen. How it worked was you bought a 100 Euro SIM top up and when you called customer service they debit this card.

    If they did ask for an address it was to send you a letter telling you when the phone was unlocked, which of course you do not need the letter. My phone tool 3 days to unlock. But I am an Orange France customer.

    French Law also says you have to sell a phone without a contract so it will be interesting to see what the real price of the iphone is.

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    Thanks for all the replies. So this means I can now buy an iphone 3g from France on July 11, wait for 3 days for unlock, and then be legit unlocked (use on any carrier) and not have to wait till it's released in my country. This is great as the iphone price is really cheap, I have no problem (and I believe many others) paying for legit unlock as this is probably the amount of the subsidy (200$?) but could anyone confirm if I need to be a french citizen/have french credit card/have french address or will it be possible to buy as a foreigner (keeping in mind I will release it from its carrier subsidy the day I'm buying it). Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STV View Post
    Hello,
    for the moment, if you buy an iPhone in a french Orange store (with a adress in France), you can phone-call an official number to unlock your phone for 100Euros.
    But if you don't wanna pay, you have to wait 6 month for this... The french law says that they have to offer the possibility to sell an unlocked phone. But it doesn't fix the price !
    So, if you want to unlock it when you buy it, it will cost you 100€
    If you wait 6 month, you can ask it for free.
    Hope, I'm clear enough.
    xxx
    Oh, Thats Great!
    May have a trip to France and buy an legit unlocked iPhone
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    Quote Originally Posted by kashefcom View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. So this means I can now buy an iphone 3g from France on July 11, wait for 3 days for unlock, and then be legit unlocked (use on any carrier) and not have to wait till it's released in my country. This is great as the iphone price is really cheap, I have no problem (and I believe many others) paying for legit unlock as this is probably the amount of the subsidy (200$?) but could anyone confirm if I need to be a french citizen/have french credit card/have french address or will it be possible to buy as a foreigner (keeping in mind I will release it from its carrier subsidy the day I'm buying it). Thanks.
    The price you see is the subsidized price. Orange France are not going to sell you a phone with no contract for 199.00. I also believe it is French law that any phone sold must also be offered without a plan. The original iPhone was no subsidized so the price was the price. I suspect it will be 400+ Euros with no plan just as a prepay.

    But we will see. You do not have to be a French citizen. EU law would not allow a company to sell only to a French man. The only reason I believe they might ask for a French address is to send you the unlock confirmation. You do not need a French credit card either. If they ask you for an address, have a prepared "false" but not false address if you know what I mean. Pick an address out of the phone book.

    Perhaps wait a day or two for people to report on the unlock issue, they COULD change the process -- but I doubt it.

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    Re: the French address -- I followed one of the old threads on this topic for quite awhile, and the consensus was you could use any French address for the unnecessary letter, but more important was having a French iTunes account to actually get the unlock process to work. As you may be aware, creating an iTunes account in a different country isn't always easy (you can easily set up a UK iTunes account it in the UK by buying an iTunes card there in and then going to the UK iTunes site, but I have not yet been able to find anyone selling an iTunes card that goes with the French iTunes store).


 

 
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