Carrier Buy unlocked from a Verizon retail store?

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  1. mikepj macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know if a retail Verizon store will sell unlocked iPhones without signing up for a plan? I use Cricket Wireless, but they aren't selling the iPhone 7 yet. With the FCC mandate that Verizon phones be unlocked, I thought that might be my best shot at buying one (I assume that purchasing one at AT&T or Sprint would be carrier-locked).
     
  2. azzamitown macrumors newbie

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    I worked at a corporate VZW store up until earlier this year, and we were not permitted to sell phones without a plan.

    Of course this could vary region to region, but I wouldn't expect it.
     
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  4. dcgore macrumors member

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    Just buy the AT&T version of the phone at an Apple retail store. If paid in full, the phone won't be locked to AT&T.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nope, not going to happen.
    Find someone that has a Verizon wireless account and have them get you one full price.
     
  6. qwertydh macrumors regular

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    Don't do this. This year the AT&T & T-Mobile models don't support CDMA. Only an option if you only need GSM.
     
  7. dcgore macrumors member

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    Cricket runs on AT&T's network. No need for CDMA bands.

     
  8. bescobar macrumors newbie

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  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    It is really only a concern with resale value (which is poor now regardless of carrier phone) and if you ever plan to switch to verizon/sprint.
     
  10. bescobar macrumors newbie

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    That information is incorrect.
    Went into the AT&T store to buy a iPhone7 Plus and to pay the full retail price. I was told the phone would ship and be carrier locked. I was told I could then contact AT&T and get a code to unlock the new device.
    I walked out of the store. I contacted an Apple store and told them I wanted an unlocked iPhone 7. They told me that if I ordered the AT&T phone it would be carrier locked and suggested I get a T Mobile phone, unlocked GSM, or a Verizon which would be unlocked for both GSM carriers and CDMA carriers.
     
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    If you buy from Apple that is actually wrong. If you pay for the phone outright it will be unlocked regardless of carrier.

    I bought the iPhone 6S outright from apple, ATT version and popped by cricket SIM in. Online may work differently, but in store works.
     
  12. Abs_p macrumors 6502a

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    Cricket will anyways work on locked AT&T phone because it uses the same network and is it's MVNO. So it's not a good example.

    BUT either way, as you said, ALL FULL PRICE phones are unlocked.
     
  13. mikepj thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the feedback. Guess I'm going to have to take my chances at an Apple Store.
     

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