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will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

I want to find out something, i want to buy a iphone while i am on holidays in the uk but i live in roi will my irish sim card work in the phone?

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

Only if it is unlocked. Where are you planning to buy it? On prepay from a network? From Apple? Second-hand?
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

i have a pay as you go and hoping to get it in o2 beacuse i have o2 sim card, i am going to birmingham so somewhere around there.

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

Well O2 UK and O2 Ireland declare themselves to be totally separate companies, so there is no point going to O2 for that reason. To unlock a prepay iPhone most countries including UK, you need a minimum spend of €100 or more. So you would be better off buying it direct from Apple, whether here or in the UK. In Ireland it is on €20 cheaper to get a prepay iPhone from O2 compared to Apple.
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

Most people who have had an English phone on O2 uk have reported that an Irish sim will not work in it, the odd few do but you'd have to take it that it won't if you are spending a lot of money
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

so if i buy it in a apple store instead of a o2 store it will be cheaper to unlock it?

 

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

how do you unlock the sim card

 

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You should be able to buy it unlocked from apple so go that route if you can. You don't unlock the Sim, you unlock the phone. Usually if you buy a prepay phone you have to top it up by 150 euro for the network to unlock it.
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

do you know what wouls be the cheapest?  ipone mainly 3g or 3gs

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

What do you mean what would be cheapest, which part?

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

From Apple, an unlocked 16GB iPhone 4 costs €599, a 3GS costs €499. 3G is a really old phone at this stage, you should steer clear and it can't be bought in shops anyway.
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

as in what is the cheapest iphone now? also about the internet in the iphones are they like regular phones you hit a button and your on the internet or do you have to have wifi because i dont ave any internet connection im currently using a 3 internet stick so its the one thing i want to know.

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

In England, at the Apple store it's £510 for 16GB and £428 for the 3GS. They are the cheapest models. 3G is only available secondhand.

iPhones work on wifi if you want but primarily you would normally connect via the phone network. On O2 Ireland you can get 700MB per month for €10 on prepay.
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

£510 for the 16GB iPhone 4 I mean
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

thanks. but isnt there not a 8gb one too or just 16 nd up?

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

16gb and up for the iphone 4. 8Gb 3GS

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

I would go for the iPhone 4 if you can at all. On prepay the best place to buy is Apple, buy it unlocked from them.
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

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so what would i ask in the apple store? do i just  ask for a iphone 3gs 8gb unlocked on o2 or do i need more info? and is it the same price or small bit deerer to get it unlocked?

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

Just ask for the iPhone, don't mention O2. There may be a small discount to get the O2 prepay iPhone but it will be locked. The Apple SIM-free iPhones are unlocked.
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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

so just to be clear if i ever ask for a sim free phone i can use any network sim in it?

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Re: will a irish sim card work in a uk iphone

Yes.
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i got an english iphone 3 and i put my irish o2 sim into...

i got an english iphone 3 and i put my irish o2 sim into it and i tried to top up and it said call failed ? and i dont receive texts? HELP PLEASE


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I want to find out something, i want to buy a iphone while i am on holidays in the uk but i live in roi will my irish sim card work in the phone?


 

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Re: i got an english iphone 3 and i put my irish o

You would need to request the unlock code through whichever provider the phone was bought through in the UK.
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