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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:23 PM   #1
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Unlocked same price I paid for locked

So on Friday I went and bought a 32GB iPhone 5 from Apple, locked to AT&T for $749 because I don't have an upgrade on my contract. Come to find out today that Apple is now selling the unlocked iPhone 5's and the 32GB is the same price.

Obviously an unlocked iPhone has much greater resale value and if I had waited just another week I obviously would've bought the unlocked iPhone instead. Is there anything I can do to switch, or am I just stuck having to kick myself in the butt?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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So on Friday I went and bought a 32GB iPhone 5 from Apple, locked to AT&T for $749 because I don't have an upgrade on my contract. Come to find out today that Apple is now selling the unlocked iPhone 5's and the 32GB is the same price.

Obviously an unlocked iPhone has much greater resale value and if I had waited just another week I obviously would've bought the unlocked iPhone instead. Is there anything I can do to switch, or am I just stuck having to kick myself in the butt?
Return you old one and buy the new one...
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:25 PM   #3
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Apple has a 30 day return policy on iPhones
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:26 PM   #4
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Return you old one and buy the new one...
Simple as that. Or do an exchange.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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Yes, just return it.
But you will get the same exact type of phone buying it unlocked.
Sold unlocked or carrier unlocked full priced AT&T iphone is the same hardware wise with the same LTE bands etc....
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:40 PM   #6
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Doesn't the AT&T iPhone automatically come unlocked when you buy it at that price-point?

I think so.

Regardless, the device has exactly the same hardware (cellular radios, lte radios...etc) except the unlocked one just won't say "AT&T on the bottom of the box
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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Doesn't the AT&T iPhone automatically come unlocked when you buy it at that price-point?

I think so.

Regardless, the device has exactly the same hardware (cellular radios, lte radios...etc) except the unlocked one just won't say "AT&T on the bottom of the box
I'm sure that this used to happen, and I know I've heard reports of it happening for "off contract" sales on all the carriers through the apple store.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 10:53 PM   #8
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Yes OP. The full price iPhone 5 you bought is the exact same phone as the unlocked version now being sold. Just restore the iPhone 5 that you bought last week in iTunes and it will unlock it. Same exact thing.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 11:24 PM   #9
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Yes, just return it.
But you will get the same exact type of phone buying it unlocked.
Sold unlocked or carrier unlocked full priced AT&T iphone is the same hardware wise with the same LTE bands etc....
there is a difference in model numbers.

i bought iPhone 5 Black AT&T at full price(which is factory unlocked). model number is MD634LL

and the iPhone 5 black factory unlocked on apple's site model number is MD293LL/A
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:43 AM   #10
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Thanks, everyone. I wasn't sure if it would be as simple as returning/exchanging or not. I know it's the same exact device/hardware, but it's the resale value that I'm going for; when it comes time to sell my iPhone 5 it'll be easier to sell an unlocked one than one that's AT&T-only.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:52 AM   #11
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Thanks, everyone. I wasn't sure if it would be as simple as returning/exchanging or not. I know it's the same exact device/hardware, but it's the resale value that I'm going for; when it comes time to sell my iPhone 5 it'll be easier to sell an unlocked one than one that's AT&T-only.
there is absolutely no difference in performance. once factory unlocked it doesnt matter if its AT&T or Rogers or factory unlocked they all go for almost same price.!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:28 AM   #12
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Just return the phone and buy it again.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 03:41 AM   #13
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So on Friday I went and bought a 32GB iPhone 5 from Apple, locked to AT&T for $749 because I don't have an upgrade on my contract. Come to find out today that Apple is now selling the unlocked iPhone 5's and the 32GB is the same price.

Obviously an unlocked iPhone has much greater resale value and if I had waited just another week I obviously would've bought the unlocked iPhone instead. Is there anything I can do to switch, or am I just stuck having to kick myself in the butt?
Aren't full price iphones also unlocked (AT&T)?
And if not and you don't want to go through the hassle of returning it, just buy an unlock on ebay for 3-4$. It's the same then.

Also, I would check which version they are selling as unlocked in the US. If it is A1429 GSM then you loose LTE bands for AT&T anyways.
More here:
http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:44 AM   #14
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Thanks, everyone. I wasn't sure if it would be as simple as returning/exchanging or not. I know it's the same exact device/hardware, but it's the resale value that I'm going for; when it comes time to sell my iPhone 5 it'll be easier to sell an unlocked one than one that's AT&T-only.
Verify that what you have is locked first. Other threads indicate that unsubsidized devices are unlocked.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:56 AM   #15
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Specialist told me the device only ones with carriers are still under the carriers. They are only gsm unlocked for 2 years... If you go onto the database and check your imei, it will still say that...

Say for example you want to sell it after a year, people are able to check if it is unlocked or locked under a carrier. Fully unlocked does not go into the database.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:49 AM   #16
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So on Friday I went and bought a 32GB iPhone 5 from Apple, locked to AT&T for $749 because I don't have an upgrade on my contract. Come to find out today that Apple is now selling the unlocked iPhone 5's and the 32GB is the same price.

Obviously an unlocked iPhone has much greater resale value and if I had waited just another week I obviously would've bought the unlocked iPhone instead. Is there anything I can do to switch, or am I just stuck having to kick myself in the butt?
Your other choice is to buy a $10 unlock off of Ebay and have your AT&T version unlocked.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:22 PM   #17
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there is a difference in model numbers.

i bought iPhone 5 Black AT&T at full price(which is factory unlocked). model number is MD634LL

and the iPhone 5 black factory unlocked on apple's site model number is MD293LL/A
Oh I see.
Same exact device, just listed as a different model number.

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Specialist told me the device only ones with carriers are still under the carriers. They are only gsm unlocked for 2 years... If you go onto the database and check your imei, it will still say that...

Say for example you want to sell it after a year, people are able to check if it is unlocked or locked under a carrier. Fully unlocked does not go into the database.
That the biggest bs the so called "specialist" told you.
Unlocked for 2 years
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