Buying ATT iPhone at apple store without activating

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

  1. MacDadd3 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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