How to convince my Kazakh student that her unlocked iPhone will work in Kazakhstan
September 3, 2011 1:30 PM Subscribe
Do you know anything about Kazakhstan, or how to say "the phone is already unlocked" in Russian? How about using an iPhone in Kazakhstan? Please help me reassure my extremely skeptical Kazakh student that her new, unlocked phone will work at home -- huge bonus points if you can do it in Russian (or Kazakh)!
posted by amtho to Technology (18 answers total)
So, I'm teaching English to this very nice lady from Kazakhstan. On my recommendation, she purchased a used, unlocked, jailbroken iPhone 3G from this place I know in Raleigh. It seems to work pretty well, and I've loaded some free ESL app and podcasts on it for her.
However, someone told her that iPhones won't work in Kazakhstan unless she pays someone ~$200 to have it "modified" or "changed" (I forget the exact English word she used). I'm pretty sure she means something like "unlocked", but who knows what the word is in Russian. Probably most people buy locked iPhones and don't discover this until they arrive in Kazakhstan, where few people can unlock them, but my limited experience doesn't let me convince her of this.
She won't believe me that it will work in Kazakhstan, and really, why should she? I can't know 100% that it will work in Kazakhstan. Maybe the transceiver will have to be replaced; maybe there's some secret code; maybe there's a new frequency that no other country has -- all unlikely, and I did, in fact, try to verify that the frequency band(s) used in Kazakhstan would work with this phone.
We even tried calling the store; the nice, but slightly annoyed, person we talked to (and they are pretty smart/educated at that store) assured me about 15 times that it would work in Kazakhstan, that it was unlocked, etc. She was Asian, but not Kazakh, so again, why should my student believe her?
I'm a techie, somewhat (you mean everyone isn't teaching English with iPhone apps?), she's a sociologist who grew up in the Soviet era. Her $$ is pretty tight, and I think she worries a lot.
Can anyone help?