Are all iPhone 6S's unlocked?

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  1. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    Let me be a bit more specific. I purchased 2 iPhone 6S's from Apple to be used on AT&T. They were upgrades from my iPhone 6. I paid for them outright. They came with an AT&T sim and I activated them on AT&T on my previous phone number.

    Over the weekend I was doing a restore on one of the phones to fix a possible software issue. When I plugged the phone into iTunes and erased the phone, the screen "Your phone has been unlocked" appeared.

    So, does this mean when you purchase the phone and do not use any payment system (like AT&T's Next) you get the phone unlocked?
     
  2. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    If you paid outright, they are not locked.
     
  3. bkends35 macrumors 6502a

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    ^Yup, I paid full for a t-mobile and use it with my AT&T sim.
     
  4. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    Ok, let's review this.
    Phones that are bought from Apple store and paid in full are unlocked.
    Verizon iPhones are unlocked out of the box regardless.

    That's about it.
     
  5. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    Yes whenever you buy them outright they are unlocked.
     
  6. Rhonindk macrumors 68020

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    Not always true. I bought mine on launch via AT&T and paid in full. I had to have it unlocked.
    Wasn't difficult but still......
     
  7. Akack macrumors 6502a

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    Buy it outright/pay full price AND directly from Apple it will be unlocked.
     
  8. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Same here.
     
  9. AppleFan360 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Excellent! Thanks for the verification.
     
  10. jent macrumors 6502a

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    iPhones bought at the Apple Store physical retail stores with the iPhone Upgrade Program (24-month installment plan) are unlocked.

    For iPhones bought at carrier stores (even at full price), it depends on the carrier.
     
  11. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Carriers can no longer deny you an unlock if you have completely paid for the device. You may have to go through a few extra steps but they have to unlock it.
     
  12. techiegirl macrumors 6502a

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    I bought 2 phones from AT&T at full price at the same time. Both phones are locked, so I requested for AT&T to unlock. They unlocked one but refused to unlock the 2nd phone. I'm going to buy the phones at Apple and return the AT&T one. Their loss for refusing to unlock.
     
  13. Rhonindk macrumors 68020

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    Did they give a reason?
     
  14. techiegirl macrumors 6502a

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    First time they said account number did not match. Second time they said I haven't fulfilled my contract.
     
  15. Rhonindk macrumors 68020

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    If possible I would stroll into your local AT&T store and speak to the manager.
    They should be able to clear up any of those details.
    Sometimes in person works better.
     
  16. techiegirl macrumors 6502a

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    It just wasn't worth the trouble to me. Apple had SIM Free phones in the exact same model and size I wanted. I bought it from AT&T because I happened to be there and they had it in stock. I didn't realize I would have so much trouble requesting an unlock.
     
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