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Question about cell phone service

Post by mbarbeito » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 2:09 am

Hi, I am moving to Singapore at the end of the month.

I have an Iphone which I can unlock but they are charging me $150...can someone give me the name of cell phone companies in Singapore so that i can check out their websites and see if I am better off buying a new one when I get there? Does Apple have an exclusive contract with anyone carrier?

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 7:26 am

Singtel is currently the sole exclusive distributor. It was announced yesterday that M1 will be offering the iPhone towards the end of the month, pricing not announced.

See this thread: http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic64278.html for more pricing info.

Who the hell wants $150 to unlock the phone? People around here will do it for $15. Do a google search.

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Post by SGBoyxxx » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 2:25 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Singtel is currently the sole exclusive distributor. It was announced yesterday that M1 will be offering the iPhone towards the end of the month, pricing not announced.

See this thread: http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic64278.html for more pricing info.

Who the hell wants $150 to unlock the phone? People around here will do it for $15. Do a google search.
:lol: yupz M1 get the rights too to sell iphone in singapore.

basically there is 3 mobile telecom in Singapore.

Singtel , M1 and starhub.

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Post by mbarbeito » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 2:48 pm

Thanks to all three of you...I will look into it...I am in Zurich Switzerland and the carrier here wants CHF !50!!!

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Post by mbarbeito » Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:52 pm

is the unlocking for $15 legal? sounds too good to be true compared to the CHF 150 they are asking in Zurich

thank you again!

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 15 Oct 2009 8:07 am

mbarbeito wrote:is the unlocking for $15 legal? sounds too good to be true compared to the CHF 150 they are asking in Zurich

thank you again!
What's "legal"? The phone companies screw you by locking your phone even though you sign a contract agreeing to pay for it, then screw you again to use it on another network.

It's like a car company locking you into one brand of petrol, then charging you to use another brand.

You just want to make sure that it is a good unlock job. As I said, Google. Or, pay the $150 for YOUR phone and be 'legal'.

Phones sold in Singapore have to be unlocked. Maybe you should just sell yours up sign up for a 2 year contract here.

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Post by mbarbeito » Thu, 15 Oct 2009 4:21 pm

well said!!!! thank you :D

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 15 Oct 2009 4:36 pm

mbarbeito wrote:well said!!!! thank you :D
AFAIK, what's 'legal' means this. AT&T sells you a locked phone in the US. If you unlock it and try to run it on the AT&T network, they will say that is not 'legal' because the lock codes aren't in place and will deny you service on the AT&T network.

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Post by taxico » Thu, 15 Oct 2009 5:10 pm

what i did last time was, i called up t-mo, told them i'm traveling and would be using a prepay service overseas so i wanted to check if the card would work.

they gave me an unlock code without much hassles, and this has worked for a few of my friends. all americans.

can you do that that wherever your'e at?
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Post by mbarbeito » Thu, 15 Oct 2009 9:48 pm

Strong Eagle:

Thanks for the time you are taking to help me.
I did a google search and there seem to be many "unlockers". You said to make sure it was a "good unlock". How do I know which one would be "good". Do you know of any one place?

Thanks again!
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mbarbeito wrote:is the unlocking for $15 legal? sounds too good to be true compared to the CHF 150 they are asking in Zurich

thank you again!
What's "legal"? The phone companies screw you by locking your phone even though you sign a contract agreeing to pay for it, then screw you again to use it on another network.

It's like a car company locking you into one brand of petrol, then charging you to use another brand.

You just want to make sure that it is a good unlock job. As I said, Google. Or, pay the $150 for YOUR phone and be 'legal'.

Phones sold in Singapore have to be unlocked. Maybe you should just sell yours up sign up for a 2 year contract here.

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Post by mbarbeito » Thu, 15 Oct 2009 9:50 pm

thanks taxico...

i am in switzerland and they are not very willing or even able to break rules...I think i will have to pay the CHF 150 to get it unlocked or just take it to Singapore and see what I can do there....

Thank you!
taxico wrote:what i did last time was, i called up t-mo, told them i'm traveling and would be using a prepay service overseas so i wanted to check if the card would work.

they gave me an unlock code without much hassles, and this has worked for a few of my friends. all americans.

can you do that that wherever your'e at?

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Post by Strong Eagle » Fri, 16 Oct 2009 6:39 am

I can't recommend a place as my phone came unlocked. But, you can check forums like this:

http://forums.ilounge.com/forumdisplay.php?f=79

http://modmyi.com/forums/unlocking-activation/

And ask questions, get informed.

Use only latest websites... there are a lot of websites that are dated and not updated. Others (like this one - and I am NOT recommending it, just pointing it out) are current.

http://www.3giphoneunlock.com/

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