Carrier buying Sprint/Verizon phone to use on T-Mobile

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  1. asbefore macrumors newbie

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    Hi folks,

    I'm a T-Mobile customer but I'd like to buy an iPhone 7 on Sprint/Verizon model to have the CDMA capabilities -- T-Mobile is great worldwide, but in certain rural areas of the US it still roams on Verizon's old networks, which is critical for travel.

    How is it possible to buy a Sprint/Verizon model and use it on T-Mobile? I walked over to the Apple Store, and they said that if I buy a Sprint/Verizon phone, it will be locked to Sprint/Verizon in the US -- even if I pay full price upfront.

    Have any of you had success with this?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Kahsheh, Sep 18, 2016
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    Kahsheh macrumors regular

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    Buy device only (full price) from apple and it is unlocked. You can buy the Verizon phone for Tmobile.
     
  3. tjhassan macrumors member

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    I just came back from the Apple Store. Picked up a Verizon 7+. I'm on AT&T and put in my SIM, and it works - connected to AT&T LTE. I paid full price. You should be fine.
     
  4. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    From the T-mobile store?
    Will they offer support for the fine?
     
  5. Kahsheh macrumors regular

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    apple store only.
     
  6. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    but how? I can make a reservation to pick up a phone only on T-Mobile, it's impossible to order a phone on Verizon/Sprint unless you have a contract with them. And it's a total crapshoot of what they have at the store -- mostly they don't have anything, very rarely a 7+ in stock.
     
  7. se1000 macrumors 6502

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    Supposedly you can say you're buying it as a gift and they'll sell you one. Not sure if you can reserve. You could also wait until the sim-free model comes out.

    BTW, I don't think T-Mobile ever roams on Verizon's network.

    I can confirm if you pay full price and buy the Verizon model, it works great on T-Mobile. Everything works including WiFi Calling, VoLTE, HD Voice etc etc.
     
  8. tjhassan macrumors member

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    I used this
    https://reserve.cdn-apple.com/US/en...1&sourceID=email&rv=0&path=&iPP=U&appleCare=Y

    Made a reservation, when I got there I told them I wanted to pay full price. They grabbed the phone and sold it to me. I must have gotten lucky that they had one in stock in MB.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Verizon LTE capable phones are unlocked out of the box no matter who you buy it from and how much or how little you pay.

    Part of an agreement Verizon has with the FCC.
     
  10. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about the Sprint phones, are they also unlocked?
     
  11. DJLAXL macrumors 6502

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    I have this same exact question.....
     
  12. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Only if you pay full price at the APPLE store.

    Pay full price at a Sprint store and you're locked for 50 days.
     
  13. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Super helpful, thank you! Made a reservation for a Verizon 7+ tomorrow, let's see how it goes.
    I had no idea about the "reserve" page, only "buy"!

    Thanks Macrumors...
     

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