Any point to get the GSM only model?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bhall110, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. bhall110 macrumors regular

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    So i was looking at the tech specs for the IP7 and i really see no reason to buy the GSM only model the CDMA works on all bands.
     
  2. KrisLord macrumors 65816

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    Do you have a choice though which you buy? Surely it depends on which network you ask for in the store? I don't think you can buy sim free yet in the US (I'm in the UK)
     
  3. bhall110 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think you do if you just buy it out right or using IUP. They come unlocked.
     
  4. janeauburn macrumors 6502a

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    There's a reason Apple sells full-priced sim-free and full-priced unlocked phones for the carriers. They're different models. Wait for the sim-free.
     
  5. westcoastcyc macrumors regular

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    Unlesss you live in the middle of BFE you wont need CDMA.
     
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    I'm curious to see if there's any performance differences /battery life difference since one is Intel and the other is Qualcomm.
     
  8. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    The SIM free models in recent years haven't been a different model. Just essentially the most capable phone that can work on the 4 major carriers. Last year, the ATT model had band 30, so was most capable. For the 6, it was the Sprint model.

    For the 5s, the SIM free model was the T-Mobile/ATT model. Didn't support CDMA.
     
  9. Juan007 macrumors 6502a

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    There is absolutely no reason to get the GSM model, and chances are the performance / power consumption of the Intel chip is FAR WORSE than the Qualcomm part.

    The GSM iPhone 7 is the iPhone 7 MINUS.
     
  10. perkedel macrumors 6502a

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    You know this fact how? Do tell, I want to know all about it.
     
  11. Juan007 macrumors 6502a

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    I said "chances are", I'm just speculating. But knowing how Intel does business, and how crappy their wireless modules are in general, it's not much of a leap of faith.

    This is going to be Samsung vs TSMC times 10, maybe times 100.
     
  12. techiebug macrumors 6502a

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    Ridiculous. Apple definitely learned it's lesson from last year. That's why they ditched Samsung. No way they make the same mistake with Intel.
     

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