Tuesday, September 25, 2007

iPhone insanity

Apparently, some people here in Muscat are crazy enough to buy unlocked iPhones for a staggering 425 rials. What more, the shop that's selling them is always running out of them and can't get them fast enough. That's $1100 for a $399 phone!

Last night, I was almost tempted to order an iPhone online from apple.com and have it shipped to me through our Aramex Shop and Ship account but then I cooled off of it and decided to wait till after Apple's next software update. And now Apple has announced that following statement:

Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone's software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed.
In other words, if you have an unlocked iPhone, installing the next software update is going to brick up your iPhone.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go to www.souq.com based in Dubai...they are auctionoing off 250 phones....and they work....and it is not a scam.....try it out...but you will need someone in Dubai to help in the auctions since you need to be a dubai resident.

Amjad said...

Good thing that you didn't rush & order one then unlock it.

I really think that it's crazy to buy an iPhone for 425 rials while it's only for approximately 153 rials in the US. Aren't they aware of that?

Moey said...

in kuwait they are being sold for 700$ approx. check www.coldflames.net

Meticulousness said...
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Meticulousness said...

Amjad: People here in Oman would do whatever it takes to grab the most recent of anything; cars, phones, games, clothe just anything!

It's some sort of craze that is going on lately.

Twister said...

I dont get the reason behind this...iPhone is nothing special...I am an avid reader of tech websites like Tom's Hardware and ExtremeTech, CNET etc...and the iPhone had mixed reviews all over...

Honestly, I am still using a 2-year old Sony Ericsson k750i, which still serves me well...I convinced my dad to shell out a good OMR 157 for it 2 years back, because it had a "2 megapixel camera"...stuff that, i hardly take one picture a month with my phone ever since I got my digital camera...

and USD 400 is still overkill for iPhone...it's basically a locked phone, which only works on AT&T's network...

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