Carrier As an AT&T user, should I get the AT&T or T-Mobile iPhone 7?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by omizzle, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. omizzle macrumors regular

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    From what I understand, the Verizon/Sprint phones would technically be the best option, but those are locked at launch until they release some "sim-free" version?

    That said, unlocked compatibility with GSM is most important to me, so should I get the T-Mobile or AT&T model? Or does it matter?
     
  2. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040

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    Verizon phones are all unlocked, however you need a verizon account to order.
     
  3. omizzle thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah **** ok. What about Sprint?
     
  4. benjamintm macrumors member

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    Verizon and Sprint are CDMA based, while T-Mobile and AT&T are GSM based. You won't be able to use a Verizon/Sprint iPhone 7 on AT&T/T-Mobile, or vice versa:
    http://www.macrumors.com/2016/09/08/att-and-tmobile-iphone-7-models-lack-cdma/

    If you want an unlocked phone from the start, T-Mobile ships unlocked (just put your AT&T sim in). With an AT&T phone you will need to contact AT&T to unlock.

    Ben
     
  5. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040

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  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816

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    From what I've been able to gather, we will want the A1660 or A1661 models. This will be the ones to support both GSM and CDMA.
     
  7. benjamintm macrumors member

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    You're right. Apparently the Sprint/Verizon model will support GSM. I misread that part of the article.
     
  8. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040

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    Not your fault, changed for this release. Guess issues with the chip, royalties, etc. Kind of a bummer tbh, takes value away of the unlocked phone and adds value to certain models.
     
  9. perkedel macrumors 6502a

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    I got the TMo last year unlocked. iPhone 7 they have the same sku a1778/a1784 for ATT/TMo.
    Other than T-Mobile account bookmark in Safari on DFU, no other non stock app installed. Not sure about the AT&T one.
     

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