Buying iphone in USA for a mexican carrier?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by americaroma, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. americaroma macrumors regular

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    Im very confused about the iphone 5 being locked or unlocked.

    Basically heres what i want to do but im not sure if its possible. I live in mexico where the iphone 5 isnt available for sale yet, my brother lives in houston Tx near an apple store. Can he go, buy the full price iphone 5 32g with no contract, and will it be ready to work with my telcel card that i will cut?

    Or will he need to be an att or verizon costumer already?
     
  2. lamenramen macrumors regular

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    It is unlocked if you pay full price. And in the strange event that it becomes locked, go to ebay and purchase an unlock for $15. This only applies to the AT&T model. The problem is actually not acquiring an unlock, but actually finding a phone right now. Concentrate on getting an iphone 5 by AT&T and unlocking will be the easiest part.
     
  3. americaroma thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you very much for the anwser, people here in mexico are paying 1400 for the iphone 5, i believe that is too much and would rather wait to buy it around 1000 with apple care included.
     
  4. vbtwo31984 macrumors regular

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    Or get a Verizon version device only, which is also unlocked and works with GSM carriers.
     

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