Questions Regarding Unlocked iPhones.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iMichael!, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2012
    Is there any other cost besides buying the unlocked iPhone?

    And you know how Unlocked iPhones are called "Unlocked iPhones"?

    What would a iPhone on a contract (monthly payment to said service provider) be called?
  2. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    1. No other cost, just the huge upfront payment.
    2. Huh?
    3. Subsidized iPhone.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2012
    There are no other costs associated with buying an unlocked iPhone. What you need however is a nano sim card or a trimmed down micro sim to activate the phone and be able to use it. AT&T offers prepaid Gophone Nano sims for the iPhone 5 and I know T-Mobile offers nano sims for prepaid plans as well. iPhones bought with a contract are called "subsidized phones" because you're tied to a contract and you pay for the phone little by little throughout the contract period, hence why it is cheap when you buy it with a contract. The unlocked iPhone is great though, I have a 32GB and it feels great just paying $25 for 3 months and use my minutes and texts whenever I feel like it, heck I could go 6 months without using up minutes/texts/data and still keep my number, I've saved a lot of money by going unlocked and not tying myself to a contract. Besides an unlocked iPhone allows you to use it internationally when you travel.

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