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    I could be wrong but I have to ask again..

    > i have experience with purchasing many iphones and going through their system

    thanks for sharing your experience.. however, are you sure the situation has not changed?

    see in the past, with the 2G iPhone, the price was discounted, according to the ATT rep I spoke to, but now the 199 price for an 8gig 3G is not a discounted price.. (Im talking about the retail phone price being discounted in return for a 2 year contract, as is still the case with blackberries for example.. according to the representative)

    are you saying you had to pay ETF on a 3G iPhone, or is your experience with 2G only? and, are you in USA? nothing in the USA ATT iPhone rules currently about an ETF that I can see, just a restocking fee, if you DONT keep the phone..

    so again, the way the ATT representative explained it to me today, if I buy a refurb, which costs 199 but has a $100 rebate.. if I keep the phone, I have to give back the rebate.., but if I buy a new iPhone 3G, 8gig model for 199, and choose to cancel service and keep the phone, there is NO ETF! thats what he said.. of course, they could be wrong too..

    I agree with your experience, just wondering if anyone can confirm the new information..

    and btw, it now appears yellowsn0w CAN unlock FW 2.2 including the new baseband... so, not much stopping me from going and getting a brand new 8 gig for 199, with the option to cancel in 3 days, and keep the phone.. will let you know if I do, and it works.. guess its time to upgrade to a 3G phone, even though I plan to stay with Tmobile, if I can keep using the 5.99 internet ..

    fun fun fun
    thanks dev team!

    Happy New Year
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    Hello guys! i was wondering when and what time will the Unlock 3G available?im so excited to test it! Hope everything will be happy for all of us! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!

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    Default cost of iPhone 3G when cancelling ATT = $475

    OK, here is my experience obtaining, unlocking and paying for an 8gig 3G iPhone

    1. Went to ATT Store, bought 8gig iPhone for 199, with a 2 year contract.
    2. Used Quickpawn to add cydia, then added yellowsn0w and unlocked.
    3. Tested ATT service and Tmobile service in Santa Cruz California and Santa Fe New Mexico. ATT has better voice coverage in Cali, Tmo has better voice in NM. ATT is faster on 3G than Tmo on edge, in Cali, where 3G exists. Tmo is faster than ATT on Edge in NM, where 3G does not exist.
    4. I cancelled my ATT service within 3 days, but kept the phone. They said I had to keep the service for a month, and pay a 170 termination fee. iPhone cost, 199+1month service+activation=106+170 termination = 475 to own an iPhone 3G with no ATT contract.

    5. Cost of service on Tmo is 40 less per month than ATT, so after one year on Tmo, the savings on service pays for the 3G iPhone

    The best part about the 3G iPhone imho is that the map knows where I am, using the super cool flashing blue dot. I can see my progress on the map while driving. I LOVE that!

    IF I lived in California full time it MIGHT be worth having ATT service, because the 3G is so much faster than Edge for internet. With ATT 3G I get speeds of 320kbps vs 220kbps with Tmo Edge.. fwiw, ATT Edge is 100 kpbs slower than Tmo, ATT EDGE speed is 50-100kbps, ridiculously slow.

    There is also a BIG speed difference between my 2G FW 1.1.4 iPhone and my 3G FW 2.2 iPhone on Edge. I think its because of the firmware difference, not sure.. for example, If I put my Tmo sim in my 2G iPhone, I get edge at about 220 kbps, if I put the same sim in my 3G iPhone, the speed is 100kbps faster. This is not an ATT to Tmo difference, I am only comparing Tmo to Tmo on 2G vs 3G phones, but 3g is off, Im only using Edge. Im pretty sure the speed difference is firmware related, but I have not confirmed.

 

 
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