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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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iPhone on prepaid service question

So my local Best Buy is selling two open box A&T white 16GB iPhones right now for $490.00. Was told both were returned in just a few days.

I want to put them on Straight Talk or Net 10 for myself and my wife. My question is, do they have to be unlocked, or will they work locked if I just switch out the sim?

They also have a 4S for $400, that I thought might be easier to pick up, since it doesn't have a nano sim, although Net 10 does sell them. Straight Talk requires you to get a cutter.

Wanting to know what I'm getting to exactly.

If I have to get them unlocked, any recommendations on EBAY before the listings go away?
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:45 PM   #2
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So my local Best Buy is selling two open box A&T white 16GB iPhones right now for $490.00. Was told both were returned in just a few days.

I want to put them on Straight Talk or Net 10 for myself and my wife. My question is, do they have to be unlocked, or will they work locked if I just switch out the sim?

They also have a 4S for $400, that I thought might be easier to pick up, since it doesn't have a nano sim, although Net 10 does sell them. Straight Talk requires you to get a cutter.

Wanting to know what I'm getting to exactly.

If I have to get them unlocked, any recommendations on EBAY before the listings go away?
They'll work just fine locked. Just switch out the AT&T sim for a Net10 or ST sim. I purchased my iP5 from an AT&T store at full price and was using Net10 for a couple of weeks before unlocking it.

Since BestBuy is an authorized AT&T reseller and your buying the phones outright, simply contact AT&T to unlock them if you want. I did mine by chatting with an AT&T customer support rep online, and then restored it in iTunes. There's no need for you to pay someone.

btw, you can get both the Net10 SIM cards and unlimited airtime cards in store at BestBuy.
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I would still need to cut those sims though to nano size.
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I would still need to cut those sims though to nano size.
I'm doing that right now. It wasn't hard at all if you use an online template and just follow the lines to cut
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I'm doing that right now. It wasn't hard at all if you use an online template and just follow the lines to cut
Good to hear, what service are you doing it for? And did you have an unlocked iPhone?
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I'm doing that right now. It wasn't hard at all if you use an online template and just follow the lines to cut
Do you have a link to the online template ?
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I would still need to cut those sims though to nano size.
It's very easy. What I do is use the AT&T nano sim as a guide by putting a small piece of double-sided tape on top of it and placing it on the SIM to be cut - making sure to line up the bracket lines. Once lined up and stuck into place, just cut around it using some sharp scissors. Test fit it in the tray, and trim if necessary.
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Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:09 AM   #8
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Appreciate all the help guys.

Will be going and picking both of those up. Seems like a steal...Two iPhone 5 for under $1000? Craiglist prices with a warranty.

Now the question is, ST or NET 10.
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Now the question is, ST or NET 10.
They're the same. Straight Talk is just Walmart's own brand of Net10. They share the same price level, if you setup auto-pay with Net10, as well as the same parent company. Both use AT&T's network.

I went with Net10 because their SIMs are available in store at BestBuy, and I could trade-in a PS3 and digital camera there which paid for the SIM cards and three 30-day unlimited airtime cards. Basically, I could get the SIMs plus three months of service for nothing out of pocket is why.
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