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Thread: Unlocking US PSVita 3G?

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    Default Unlocking US PSVita 3G?

    Hi,

    I'm thinking about buying a PSVita and since I live in a ****ty country where everything is much more expensive than elsewhere I decided to buy it in the USA (I'll be going there for a vacation from March 1st). I wanted to buy the 3G version but I found out that it's locked to AT&T carrier.

    Would it make sense to buy the 3G version and wait until somebody finds out how to unlock it (like iPhone) so I could use it in Europe?
    I'd really want the 3G to use GPS so it's kinda high-priority for me but there's no use to it if it's going to be almost impossible to unlock.

    I don't really want to import as well because the stupid laws of my country impose 90% tax on any shipment from outside the country.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Why not just get the WIFI version, it should work anywhere?

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    There are two reasons. First, the Wi-Fi version doesn't have GPS which I could really use. Second, the only place I can connect to Wi-fi is at my home. There are virtually no hot-spots in the country and I'm often on travels. Having a 3G and thus, being able to connect eg. check my mail from any place would be incredibly useful.

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    It's hard to say really, either pay the high price for a console from your region (so it will be locked to a service provider in your country) or play the waiting game of the PSV possibly being jailbroken.

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    Yeah, I know. That's why I'm asking how big is the probability of it being jailbroken because I have absolutely no idea about the status of the PSVita scene. If I knew there are some people working on hacking it and/or jailbreaking it, I'd be much more calm about this.

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    @MousE0910: All of the things you're wanting your 3G Vita to do are going to cost you a considerable penny on a monthly basis even if you can jailbreak it. Unlimited data packages - which it sounds like you'll be needing - don't really come cheaply in any country, and if your country of origin has next to no Wi-Fi points (I'm guessing somewhere Baltic/Eastern Europe) I'd assume monthly uncapped data contracts would cost a small fortune if not more. As for PAYG, that would probably be financial suicide.

    I hope you keep us informed as I'm curious to find out the full running costs.

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    Well, there is only one single carrier that provides 3G coverage here and it has these 3 plans: $15/500MB, $26/2GB, $39/10GB monthly limit. Of course, the dollars are converted from local currency. Overall, I'd say it's not all that bad. From what I have seen, AT&T has more or less the same pricing for PSVita in U.S.
    I think that 10GB limit per month should be enough so the cost would be manageable.

    Oh and I'm from central Europe - Czech Republic to be exact. We're a post-communist country and as far as I know, one of the very few countries in which people elected communists of their free will. I hate this country.

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    I'm willing to bet that Sony have the same security on the Vita as they do on the PS3, tighter than a nun's butthole and twice as hard to get into.


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    if you have a smartphone you could tether it
    that's what i'm planning to do

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    No you can not unlock it.

    Buy the Wifi version to save yourself money, you will not be able to use the 3g version.

    Then buy yourself a mifi adapter.

    Something like this:

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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UNLOCKED-HUAWEI-E586-MiFi-MOBILE-WiFi-BROADBAND-ROUTER-HSPA-/140681434687?pt=UK_Computing_Networking_SM&hash=item20c144563f
    What is basically does is, you put your 3g card into and it basically turns into a wifi hotspot. That's your only option.

    Or if you have an Iphone, you could tether it, using an app like MyWi 5.0 your phone would have to be jaibroken, ofcourse.

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