Buying stand alone w/ cash?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BluAffiliate, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. BluAffiliate macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    I live in Germany but originally from USA. I want to simply buy the iPhone 7 in cash next time I am in the states (it's a lot cheaper) and put in my German sim card - is it possible right now to buy the phone without being tied to a carrier? Also I think the T-Mobile version does not work with all sim cards in Europe, so that's not an option either.
     
  2. noobinator macrumors 601

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    If you can find the model you want in stock then yes. The verizon model is a "world phone" (CDMA & GSM) and sold unlocked for full price. Just toss the sim. The hard part is finding the one you want in stock as a walk-in customer.
     
  3. BluAffiliate thread starter macrumors regular

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    You mean they just sell them at the Verizon store?
     
  4. noobinator macrumors 601

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    My apologies, I meant you want the verizon version at the apple store. It comes unlocked and can buy full price and is the "world phone".
     
  5. BluAffiliate thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just to confirm, if the apple store has models, I can just walk in and say I want to buy the Verizon version (cash) without proof of contract or anything?
     
  6. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Yeah they'll ask you what one you want and you say Verizon full price and then specify plus or regular and color etc.
     
  7. westcoastcyc macrumors regular

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    The T-Mobile has all the LTE bands the Verizon ones does, so it will accept all SIM cards. It just wont work on CDMA networks, which I dont think that would be a problem in Germany.
     

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