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Topic # 23969 11-Jul-2008 22:33
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Has anyone got a foreign non-NZ, non-AU, and preferably non-Vodafone SIM card that they've tried in it?

Was it blocked?

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  Reply # 146995 11-Jul-2008 22:51
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Someone in another thread had a UK simcard. The phone was completely unlocked and even the APN section came to life so the APN could be modified.



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  Reply # 147001 11-Jul-2008 23:35
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JoeBloggs: Someone in another thread had a UK simcard. The phone was completely unlocked and even the APN section came to life so the APN could be modified.

Sorry, too many threads to follow.

I thought the verdict from someone here was that the APN couldn't be modified - or are you saying that it was modifiable only with the UK SIM?

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  Reply # 147003 11-Jul-2008 23:40
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APN was only modifiable with the UK sim. Not on the VOD one.

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  Reply # 147008 12-Jul-2008 00:09
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I don't have one yet but when I go out of contract am thinking I'll consider the iPhone.

We have a corporate APN so it's a bit of a concern if you can't set that!

I'm curious, does it remember the new APN when you put the VodaNZ SIM back in?

If it does there's a cheap as unlock kit. You could start a business selling dead foreign SIM cards!


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  Reply # 147011 12-Jul-2008 00:45
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Mmm...not sure, because I can't see the APN info when I put the vod sim card back in, but I'd guess not. On my o2 sim card the APN info is stored on the sim card. Which makes me wonder whether one could set the APN info up on the vod sim card on another device and make it work on the iphone by, perhaps, restoring ones iphone without any sim card being in the iphone and/or not choosing the question in itunes about downloading new carrier settings (or whatever it says - I can't quite remember).

Alternatively, perhaps all the Vodafone locking stuff is built into the phones firmway and is activated based on the phones serial number. But then my phone, when I did restore it earlier with the nz vod sim card in, thought it was in the UK and yahoo search thinks it's in Holland (even after I've change the country setting to NZ).

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  Reply # 147114 12-Jul-2008 13:37
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I've been dealing with the corporate APN problem myself, detailing my progress over at: http://localhost.geek.nz/2008/07/11/vodafone-nz-iphone/

From what I've gathered, vodafone lock the iPhone down so that if you have a vodafone sim inserted, then you can only be on the special iPhone APN.
This APN is not loaded onto pre-paid SIM cards, which will prevent pre-paid users from using data other than via WIFI.

I can only assume they are doing this to rip people off, as the nice new prepaid casual data rates they announced come out cheaper than their own data plans:
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/freitasm/5237
http://www.vodafone.co.nz/iphone/plans.jsp#expander2

Pre-Paid: $1/day for 10MB ~= $30/month for 300MB
Broadband 200MB: $29.95/month for 200MB
Ouch!

The unlock hack should hopefully fix this problem when it gets released.
Why couldn't they just sell me the damn phone and let ME decide what I can and can't do with it!

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  Reply # 147124 12-Jul-2008 13:46
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I was told by my VF account manager that to use our private APN, we could purchase the iphone outright, and then pay VF a $450 fee to unlock the phone opening up editing of the APN field. OR I could just wait wait for the Jailbreak hacks on the web to unlock yourself.

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Reply # 147126 12-Jul-2008 13:48
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wazzab: I was told by my VF account manager that to use our private APN, we could purchase the iphone outright, and then pay VF a $450 fee to unlock the phone opening up editing of the APN field.


Incorrect about the APN getting unlocked



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  Reply # 147130 12-Jul-2008 13:58
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danzel: Pre-Paid: $1/day for 10MB ~= $30/month for 300MB
Broadband 200MB: $29.95/month for 200MB
Ouch!

The unlock hack should hopefully fix this problem when it gets released.
Why couldn't they just sell me the damn phone and let ME decide what I can and can't do with it!

It gets better....

$29.95/month for 200Mb is IF YOU SIGN UP FOR 24 MONTHS.

No way anyone would/should sign up for 24 months on that IMO! But then no-term costs $39.95/month!!

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  Reply # 147151 12-Jul-2008 15:13
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Apparently you can only add-on data (and hence access the iphone apn) to a you choose if you sign on for 2 years. 
The 39.95 for 200mb no term is not available on the iphone.

go figure.

so please explain vodafone why I can't have the same level of subsidy as the iPhone plans being as you'd have me by the short and curlies for another 2 years anyway????

EDIT: added last, slightly bitter line....

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