Cons to unlocking iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jstuts5797, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Jstuts5797 macrumors 6502a

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    I have moved to a iphone 5s and still intend to use my old 4s as an iPod and for random games or whatever(basically extra app space) I am eligible to unlock the 4s. I know the pros of unlocking a phone but are there any cons to doing so that I should be aware of? Any and all response are appreciated!
     
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  3. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    Con: you can now use it on a crappy carrier in your area :)
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    No. The only negative part of having your phone unlocked is the fact that it has to be done in the first place. It's pretty crappy that carriers lock them at all.
     
  5. Jstuts5797 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess to further explain my question. I thought I remember hearing or reading somewhere some years ago that if the phone didn't have service you would loose the ability to use it as a iPod or use the App Store. I'm assuming that that has changed or I am just remembering wrong? I didn't want an unlock to make it so I can't use it as I'll never put service back on it.

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    Oh and thank you everyone for your responses!
     
  6. cyks macrumors 68020

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    You remember wrong. That never happened. iPhones have always become iPods when not connected to service - and could just as easily have service put back on them.
     
  7. blarivee macrumors 6502

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    You might get a little higher resale value for unlocked phones since the cost of unofficial unlocks went up the roof.
     
  8. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Con: You have to deal with the imbecile carrier people to get it unlocked, as they will throw you every excuse they got to refuse you.
     
  9. cynics macrumors G3

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    Con : more expensive to buy an unlocked iphone
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Unlocked iPhones cost the same amount as locked iPhones. The only difference is that you pay the carrier more on your monthly bill because they subsidize the difference between the two.
     
  11. vonWachtstain macrumors regular

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    As somebody who sold my unlocked iphones few times already, that's not a con. On average I would say phone sold for $100-150 more than what was going rate on Craigslist. Also now that AT&T crackdown on 3rd party unlocks, unlocked phones went up in price. I sold iPhone 5 16GB for 540 yesterday so I think there are no negatives to unlocking your phone.
     
  12. cynics macrumors G3

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    That's a con for buying them like I said. Not selling them.
     

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