Carrier Contract free option?

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  1. ctbear macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't had a iPhone for years so don't know how they work now. If I am ordering an iPhone 6+ out of contract, does it work on ATT as well? The apple store page labels that option with T-Mobile only.
     
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    Apple typically does not sell contract free phones immediately after a launch of a new model. You'll have to wait a few months for such an option.
     
  3. jpiszcz macrumors regular

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    The contract free T-Mobile 5S was unlocked last year as long as you ordered it from Apple. If you order it from T-Mobile it is locked.
     
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    I heard that as well, but since I couldn't confirm if that was the case, I was hesitant to offer that as an option to the OP. I'd hate to recommend a choice that was very expensive for him and be wrong. :eek:
     
  5. ctbear thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Damn I would hate to go through ATT Next. I assumed it would be available at the same time since I could see it on Apple store now.

    Will it support the LTE bands used by ATT as well?
     
  6. Cool Pup macrumors 6502a

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    You'll have to order it through your carrier's store.
     
  7. LandoVol macrumors member

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    I'm thinking of going through Verizon for that subsidized price. They have an unlimited talk/text and a 2gb data plan for $60, that's only $10 more than I'm paying for straight talk with my iPhone 5 and I'd finally have LTE. I have wifi at home and work so I'm not a data hog.
     
  8. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    If you want to buy the iPhone outright, just go ahead and order through AT&T NEXT. After the phone arrives, go into an AT&T store and pay off the balance! Before you leave, tell them to unlock the phone. Since it's paid for, they have to unlock it.
     
  9. jpiszcz macrumors regular

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    For the North America version..

    There was some discussion about this in a different thread, I can say the "contract-free 5s" works with AT&T LTE just fine, taking a look at the specs, it "appears" the same should also hold true with the iPhone 6.

    https://www.apple.com/iphone-5s/specs/
    Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)

    http://www.apple.com/iphone-6/specs/
    Model A1549 (GSM)*
    Model A1522 (GSM)*
    UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

    The iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 6:
    IP5S: LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, x, 8, 13, 17, xx, 19, 20, 25, xx, xx, xx)
    IP6X: LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

    The iPhone 6 has supports the same bands as the iPhone 5s plus additional bands: (7,18,26,28,29). So.. there should not be any LTE interoperability issues..
     
  10. ctbear thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it true that the ATT Next price (total balance) is more expensive than contract free price?
     
  11. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Not true at all. The price is exactly the same!
     

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