Buying ATT iPhone at apple store without activating

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MacDadd3, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. MacDadd3 macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    Morning guys, quick question,

    I'm with T-mobile and my brother is with ATT, he has an upgrade available, I dont.

    If we go to an apple store and purchase an iPhone 5s under his account but we dont open it/activate it with his account, will I be able to put in my T-mobile sim and lock it to T-Mobile?

    With my old iPhone 5 I noticed that when I got it from the apple store and put in my sim it asked me whether I wanted to lock it to the particular carrier.

    Thanks I tried searching and didnt come up with a good conclusion.
  2. lloose macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2012
    They are required to activate it in the store. If you use his upgrade, it will be on his account to the AT&T store. The only way around it is when (if) an unlock method comes around.
  3. MacDadd3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2011
    Thanks Lloose, I appreciate your help. I would not want to risk paying one of those unlock methods online.
  4. Idefix macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2012
    Your brother is already with ATT--is he going to stay with ATT?

    When you buy a subsidized phone, the new phone is activated and the old phone is deactivated. The new phone is then locked to ATT.
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    No. If you get it as an AT&T upgrade then it won't work with Tmobile.
    It will qualify for an unlock after the 2 year contract has expired or if you pay around $100 for a 3rd party unlock.

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