Can an unlocked iPhone4s(650$) be bought and used on T-Mobile?

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  1. Invincibilizer macrumors 6502a

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    Can an unlocked iPhone4s(650$) be bought and used on T-Mobile?

    Would I just have to buy it unlocked through Apple and then proceed to activate it with T-Mobile?

    Will there be any limitations for the 4S on T-Mobile?
     
  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Yes it can be bought and used on TMO (I assume we are talking USA).

    You will not get visual voicemail.

    You will not get 3G data (in the vast majority of markets).
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it will work, but you will only get EDGE data speeds. No 3G.
     
  4. Invincibilizer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So no unlocked is needed?

    Because one carrier store is telling me that he would have to buy an iPhone4s and then unlock it but buying an Apple unlocked iPhone4s requires no unlocking of any sort?
     
  5. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Who said no unlock is needed? If you are talking about TMO USA, you need the phone to be unlocked to operate on the network. Regardless, you will not get 3G data or visual voicemail.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You need it unlocked ...

    I'd buy an unlocked phone directly from Apple, since unlocking it other ways can cause trouble when it is time for updates.
     
  7. Invincibilizer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I got that from Apple's website

    "The unlocked iPhone works only on supported GSM networks, such as AT&T in the U.S."

    So to get it to work on T-Mobile, the unlocked iPhone 4s still has to be unlocked??:confused:


    * I meant no unlocking is needed after buying the unlocked iPhone4s
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    An unlocked phone from Apple does not need further unlocking.
     
  9. Invincibilizer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So I might as well buy an Apple unlocked iPhone4s from an Apple Store, bring it to a T-Mobile shop and activate it with a 2 year contract right there on the spot.

    That will work? I'm not worried about edge since wifi is sufficient
     
  10. reclusive46 macrumors 65816

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    Correct...I still don't see how people can stay on edge though.
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I wouldn't sign a contract if you can avoid it, since they aren't subsidising your phone, but yes, that will work.
     
  12. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Unlocked means unlocked, my friend. You cannot unlock something that is already unlocked. :)
     
  13. Invincibilizer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright thanks for the help everyone, going to sign contract to get other phones subsidized on a family plan
     

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