Factory Unlocked iPhones at Apple Store

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by serkan, Oct 31, 2012.

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    serkan

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    Hey ;

    Actually the title says all but I am still curious that when will be the factory unlocked Iphone 5's will hit the stores ?

    Thanx
     
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    Noone knows when.
    When Apple announces it we will all know.
     
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    serkan

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    I thought they said like after one month or 3 weeks after the Iphone 5 come out but the problem is no one says nothing :(

    Not even rumors.
     
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    Applejuiced

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    They never said anything like that or gave any specific dates.
    Your guess is as good as anyones.
    Demand is still very high and people ordering carrier locked iphones still have to wait 3-4 weeks for delivery.
    So my guess is not any time soon unless they ramp up production and start meeting current demand.
    Then they will start selling factory unlocked in the US.
    They currently even stopped selling Sprint and Verizon full price iphones with no contract.
     
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    QCassidy352

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    1) Reserve at apple store at 10 pm for pickup the next day. Agree to the upgrade/new service.
    2) show up and tell them you want to buy the phone you reserved "device only."
    3) they will cancel your purchase and new contract and sell it to to you at full retail, no contract
    4) when you get home and plug it into iTunes, you'll get a message that it's been unlocked.

    This is what I did. Very easy. Enjoy!
     
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    Dragunov

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    Lol, dude you can't reserve a phone without an existing contract or wanting to sign one up..
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    This. "Device Only" is the magic term
     
  8. macrumors member

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    For "device only", are you referring to the AT&T iPhone 5 or the Verizon/Sprint model? Thank you in advance.
     
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    XboxMySocks

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    Well Device only would mean that it isn't linked with a carrier :)
     
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    Exactly.
    So people visiting the US for a few weeks cannot reserve cause they don't have an account with any US carrier and cannot create one either and then cancel and buy it full price.
     
  11. macrumors member

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    Just like you, I am also trying to find the answer of this question.
     
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    Applejuiced

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    Find a friend or relative that has an account with AT&T or verizon and get an iphone 5 that way.
    Have them pay full price for one under their name and give them the money for it.
     
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    Apple ceased device only sales of Sprint and Verizon iPhones yesterday: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1479832
     
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    serkan

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    My friend tried a week ago buying Device Only but they said to him that only with an existing account you can purchase. :( Bad Luck :( :(
     
  15. macrumors member

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    I am in the same boat trying to get an unlocked iPhone 5 to be used on Tmo.

    I am thinking of signing a contract with AT&T and pay $199 for the new phone and pay the ETF of $325 to ATT. My question is will ATT unlock my phone once I pay my ETF and am off contract with them?

    Thanks for your reply.
     
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    eBay unlocks are only $5. You'd still be ahead.
     
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    serkan

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    I heard a rumour about unlocked ones that will be avaible at 16th of november.In the other forum ı double checked it and it seems true.
     
  18. macrumors 65816

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    If you pay full price for an AT&T iPhone 5 at the Apple Store, it will unlock when you restore it in iTunes. You can then use it on T-Mobile. That is what I did.

    Also, all Verizon iPhone 5's are unlocked. This is for full price or subsidized. That is an option as well.

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    I'm not sure if this will happen due to the extreme shortage of iPhone 5's right now. This could delay it.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    Ok. I ordered it last night and went in this morning. The apple genius said I cannot buy "Device Only" option on AT&T.

    I don't want to be an AT&T customer.

    The device is still reserved and I can still pick up by signing the contract. Does anyone know if I sign a contract with AT&T and break it after 15 days (their return period) and pay ETF's, do they unlock my iPhone?

    I know I have to pay almost the same amount I guess
    $199 + $325 for ETF + may be some other charges that I might have incurred during the 15 days + activation fees of $36 = $560.

    The big question is does at&t unlock my iPhone when I pay them ETF?

    All of your feedback will help me to pick or not the currently reserved iPhone on my name.
    Fingers crossed..
     
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    ATT will unlock if you pay ETF but keep in mind you're paying for prorated voice and data (potentially 1.5 months worth depending on when your billing cycle starts, ~$100) and there will be tax on the ETF as well.
     
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    Where did you "hear" that?
    Could be a great notice!!
    Pls anybody can confirm that?

     
  22. macrumors 6502

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    Just buy the AT&T full price or the Verizon one (depending on where you intend to use it and if you want LTE). I am using a AT&T I purchased device only a month ago in the USA and I am using in Mexico, I just put my SIM card and it was ready.

    A friend of mine just did the same last Sunday, and he phone activated Flawlessly with the Mexican SIM Cards
     
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    The genius said that I cannot buy "Device Only". Should I ask him that I want to buy full price? I am afraid buying full price will put me on AT&T's customer list which I want to avoid or keep it as a last option. I am currently a Tmo customer.
     
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    serkan

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    Well we have to say that some people (including me) dont want to buy an Iphone 5 with At&t or Verizon . I want to buy it from factory unlocked.I know that is all same with att and verizon but ı dont want it so I will go with the unlocked ones.

    I remember that I heard this rumor from this forum but cant find it now.

    And can we say that at Apple right now at this gifting stuff is happening so the ıphone 5 is not including in this because they dont have unlocked ones so can we say that Apple is not planning to put the unlocked ones for this year or gifting season ?
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    I can confirm this one, I went to two apple stores here in Houston (Galleria and Willowbrook) I tried asking the rep if they sell AT&T iphone 5 device only without contract. He said they could but I am limited to buy only 2 units and I have to pay the full price each of $749 + tax 8.25% for 32 gig. No problem I said, I ended up getting it on Willowbrook branch after I was undecided initially at Galleria branch.
    I could not wait for the unlocked Iphone 5 to come out officially and decided that if this is still locked to ATT network I can always return it back and wait for the unlocked one.
    Hooked it to Itunes and after restoring it got the UNLOCKED message. Placed my tmobile nano sim and it worked... Still on EDGE though but patiently awaiting for tmobiles refarm..
     

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