Can you buy the iPhone 5 on release day for $649.99?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AbyssImpact, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

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  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    You can buy unlocked phone on release day just like everyone else.
     
  3. AbyssImpact thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it worth it anymore to pay $649.99 now that AT&T is unlocking AT&T iPhones?
     
  4. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

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    Incorrect, unlocked phones are not available on the 21st. Contract free, full price are but unlocked aren't slated until later.
     
  5. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    They don't unlock them until you've completed your contract.
     
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Apple won't officially call it unlocked, but if you go into the store and buy the AT&T version for full price ($649 for the 16GB version), it will be unlocked. That's what I did last year with the 4S (a few days after the launch but still before the official unlocked one went on sale).

    You can also go to an AT&T store and buy it at full price, but then you'll need to ask AT&T to unlock it since the phones they get are locked to their network by default. Their online form claims they will unlock for non-customers provided you give them proof you bought it from an authorized retailer and are not trying to defraud AT&T (basically it's there to scare away would-be scalpers).

    The thing to keep in mind is that at Apple stores, the phones are "unlocked" by default until Apple registers it with a network on their database, at which point it is locked to the network. When you buy a phone, normally Apple accesses your carrier's server to verify the subsidized price to charge you. If you tell them to sell you the AT&T version at full price, they don't need to do that, and thus won't enter it into their database as locked.

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    Technically yes, but if you purchase a full-priced iPhone from an authorized seller (and Apple stores most certainly are authorized), you can request that AT&T unlock it.

    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/?
     
  7. AbyssImpact thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    A lot of people are getting their iPhone 4S unlocked before their contract end.
     
  8. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    you can not buy an Iphone at full retail price from a corporate Verizon store or any other phone for that matter
     
  9. bidwalj macrumors 6502a

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    Sure you can. If you have Verizon service, they will sell you a phone.
     
  10. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 65816

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    not without a contract you can't
     

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