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    iPhone 4S from CA?

    I have been lead to believe that the iPhone 4S sold in Canada is unlocked.

    Does anyone know if there are any restrictions to purchasing one there? I don't want to jail break it, I just don't want to pay a stupid amount for it either.

    Pricing is sketchy. But what I can confirm from apple's .au and .ca site is the 16GB iPhone 4S will be AU$799 from the .au site and only AU$641 from the .ca site. That is quite a saving!

    I plan to be there in December.
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    Re: iPhone 4S from CA?

    Wait and see I guess. Buying one should be no problems, as if something breaks, a trip to the AU Apple Stores should be fine.

    I believe Apple US are also starting to sell iPhones unlocked outright now as well.

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    Re: iPhone 4S from CA?

    Apple AU store is also preordering for delivery on 14 October at the moment - I know that isn't what you are seeking but just an FYI. Seems like the subdued launch and loss of Steve Jobs might impact the overwhelming demand.
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    Re: iPhone 4S from CA?

    Quote Originally Posted by drewbles View Post
    I believe Apple US are also starting to sell iPhones unlocked outright now as well.
    If you buy an unlocked iPhone (or other cellphone) in the USA, will it work in Australia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo yo ma View Post
    If you buy an unlocked iPhone (or other cellphone) in the USA, will it work in Australia?
    An AT&T unlocked phone will work fine in Telstra. (They use the same band)

    Other networks here or there, check frequency carefully.


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    Re: iPhone 4S from CA?

    Quote Originally Posted by v8Statesman View Post
    An AT&T unlocked phone will work fine in Telstra. (They use the same band)

    Other networks here or there, check frequency carefully.


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    Should work yes. iPhones that are unlocked will work on any network that supports GSM 800/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100. It also supports CDMA EVDO 800/1900, but you'd need to have purchased the phone from a CDMA provider for it to work (CDMA typically makes no use of a SIM, instead using a serial in the device to lock it to a network).

    If you ever want to know about a mobile, a good site is GSMArena.com - GSM phone reviews, news, opinions, votes, manuals and more..., a very useful reference

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    Re: iPhone 4S from CA?

    drewbles does that hold true for the 4S as it is a world phone and if you buy from Apple directly you only get one phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simongr View Post
    drewbles does that hold true for the 4S as it is a world phone and if you buy from Apple directly you only get one phone.
    According the the press releases. The CDMA radio is disabled on all 4s iPhones unless it is sold by a CDMA provider. Ie A GSM user can not roam onto a CDMA network. A slight disappointment for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by v8Statesman View Post
    According the the press releases. The CDMA radio is disabled on all 4s iPhones unless it is sold by a CDMA provider. Ie A GSM user can not roam onto a CDMA network. A slight disappointment for me.
    That would make sense. CDMA is not nearly as flexible as GSM is (There's a reason GSM was implemented; to make it a Global System for Mobiles (GSM)).

    Even more interesting is the chipset in the iPhone 4 (and i'll assume 4S) actually supports 1700mHz as well, but it's disabled. The iPhone 4 has a penta-band capable chipset. Apple crippled it for whatever reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewbles View Post
    Even more interesting is the chipset in the iPhone 4 (and i'll assume 4S) actually supports 1700mHz as well, but it's disabled. The iPhone 4 has a penta-band capable chipset. Apple crippled it for whatever reason.
    Commercial reason? With out looking at what carriers (in the US??) use that frequency. Maybe it was part of the AT&T deal?
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