We receive many questions about the Factory Unlocked iPhone like; What is it? What is the different between an iPhone and a Factory Unlocked iPhone? Which one is better? Can I still jailbreak it? If i update my firmware version do i lose my unlock feature on it? If I jailbreak it will I lose anything? How much does it cost? Where can I buy it? Will Apple do international shipping on it? What are the countries that have it?
In some countries there are certain laws and restrictions that does not allow Apple to sell iPhones that are locked to local cell phone service providers. These laws made Apple come out with an iPhone that known in the market as Factory or Officially Unlocked iPhone, which is not 100% true, because this phone is never been locked, it was manufactured by Apple without any SIM card restrictions so you can use it with any GSM SIM card worldwide.
One of the great things about this phone is that it does not matter how many times you update, upgrade or downgrade your firmware, it will still work with any SIM card worldwide, also you can still jailbreak this iPhone and you don’t have to worry about effecting the unlocking status of your factory unlocked iPhone. But besides the fact that this iPhone is NOT locked to any specific service provider, and you can use it worldwide without having to unlock it, it is exactly like the locked iPhone.
Factory Unlocked iPhone is better than a locked iPhone because of two reasons, one its already unlocked so you don’t have to worry about unlocking it, and two you can upgrade your firmware version every time apple have a new version and your iphone will stay unlocked.
Below is a list of countries that sells Factory Unlocked iPhones:
* Czech Republic
* Hong Kong
* New Zealand
* Saudi Arabia
* United Arab Emirates
* United Kingdom
If you go to the Apple store in these countries they will tell you how much you can buy the Factory Unlocked iPhone for, but there is couple of things that you need to know, Apple store will not ship international so if you really want to get a factory unlocked iphone you might need to find someone you know that lives in one of these countries to ship it to and then they can ship it to you, another thing that you need to know about the Apple Store is that they will limit you to 2 iPhones per customer, so you can’t make a business out of it. Soon we will be listing the links for all the apple stores for the above countries that sells Factory Unlocked iPhone.