can unlocked phones be locked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by alent1234, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    my wife and I both have iphone 5
    thinking of buying unlocked 5S for both of us, finish the last year of our contract and then go to t-mobile

    once i put my AT&T sim into the unlocked 5S, can AT&T or apple lock it since i still have another year with AT&T?
  2. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    As long as it is a Apple store purchased unlocked phone, then no. It's your phone, and your carrier has no claim over it beyond requiring it/you to adhere to the terms of service. If you break them, then they could terminate your line, but not demand the phone.

    As far as I understand, even the 5 you have was yours from the start. I don't think any contract is secured against the phone supplied, so that 'free' phone is really free, only you have entered into a legally binding contract to pay them way more than the cost of the phone over two years. Fail to do that, and they demand the money, not the phone. The only hold the carrier has over it is that they won't agree to unlock it if you aren't in good standing with regards to your payments, use etc..


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