Does Apple Sell Unlocked iPhone 5s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by crazyaznemo, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. crazyaznemo macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    I don't see an unlock iPhone 5s on the apple website. Talked to apple through chat and they said the t-mobile non contract is locked to t-mobile. Is that true?
  2. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    If you buy an iPhone for full price (besides Sprint), it'll be unlocked.
  3. appleonlife macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2013
    Not at this time, no. There are no SIM free 5ss.

    Go for the 5c instead. You'll be glad you did.
  4. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    not officially, but some carrier models are unlocked if paid full price at the apple store ;)
  5. cnotes2019 Suspended

    Aug 17, 2013
    AT&T Verizon tmobile :)

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
  6. crazyaznemo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
  7. Jumpie macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2008
    Untrue. Get the Verizon 5s at full price from the Appe store and it's unlocked for use on all carriers except Sprint.
  8. crazyaznemo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    Is it possible to buy a verizon iphone 5s full price off contract?
  9. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2012
    Just say I want a "AT&T/Verizon Device Only iPhone" pay the full price and they wont even open the phone in from of you. You can go home and set it up.
  10. crazyaznemo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
  11. redlinux macrumors regular


    Sep 25, 2013
    Dude, this has been proven so many times on other threads. If you buy an iPhone 5S (AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile) from either an Apple Retail or Online store for a full price, you'll get an unlocked device.
  12. paulyeo macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2013
    I see multiple threads about unlocked iPhones everyday...

    Again, if you buy an iPhone from an Apple Retail store or Apple online and purchase full price, it is unlocked.

    Also, the T-Mobile SIM ones are retail price ($649, $749, $849) ARE UNLOCKED.
  13. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Correct. I bought a "Verizon" 5s off-contract at Apple Store. Put in a T-Mobile SIM, did a full restore for a fresh iOS 7.0.2 and am currently using the 5s on T-Mobile. Works perfectly, because it is (a) an unlocked phone, and (b) can be used with all the major carriers, except Sprint.

    Buy the Verizon 5s off contract at an Apple Store, will give you maximum flexibility, esp. with GSM.
  14. appleonlife macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2013
    Dude, we know. But we don't want to buy those. We want to buy legit unlocked and sim free.
  15. jlp2979 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    How is the Verizon 5S not "legit unlocked"? I have one and am using AT&T just fine, another poster in this thread is using T-mobile just fine on the Verizon 5S. You can use the phone internationally no? How much more unlocked can you get? I trash the VZW sim that came with the phone, boom, sim free.
  16. appleonlife macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2013
    How much more unlocked can you get? Well, with the one that Apple sells. It comes in a box with no SIM card. And on the receipt is says Unlocked.

    We're aware that you could get unlocked from carriers but just think of it as we're anti carrier...
  17. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    iPhones don't have any carrier crap on them, so it doesn't matter.

    I, too, got a VZW 5S from Apple and booted with my TMO sim and everything's been working great!

    Just because Apple doesn't advertise it as sim-free aka unlocked, doesn't mean it isn't ;)

    The 5S, at full price and from Apple, is the exact same model on Verizon, ATT, TMO and whenever they 'officially' advertise an unlocked one..

    The GSM version will come with the CDMA radio disabled, that's all.
  18. redlinux macrumors regular


    Sep 25, 2013
    Dude, how is it that an "UNLOCKED" phone not unlocked? :eek:
  19. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    I was under the impression that all iPhone 5S is unlocked whether you purchase it full price or subsidized price?? Am I wrong?
  20. Indecisi0n macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2012
    I had to do that because my phone was dead and I wasn't ready for an upgrade. The guy did just like you said, never even opened the box and told me good day as he handed me the box unopened. Does that mean my phone is unlocked? How would I even be able to tell?
  21. BruiserB macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    You can tell when you put in a SIM card from a different carrier and it just works! Or you can put your IMEI into and prove it to yourself.


    Yes, you are wrong. Subsidized phones are locked, except for Verizon as they are prohibited from doing so.
  22. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Apple isn't selling any iPhone 5s's like that right now. If it's THAT offensive to you to have a SIM that you're not even going to use touch your phone, then you're just going to have to wait a month or two.

    But other than that very tossable SIM being there, and the lack of a single word on your receipt, the phone will be unlocked.

    Well that's nice, but unless you plan on licensing some spectrum of your own and building out a network, you're going to have to deal with a carrier anyway.

    And who the heck is "we?" Did the Borg suddenly start having a need for unlocked iPhones?
  23. Raibyn macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2013
    South Carolina
    If it comes directly from Apple SIM unlocked, I'm thinking that is pretty 'legit'.
  24. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    Can you explain why only Verizon is prohibited from doing so?
    I am a Verizon wireless customer so I am happy that mine will be unlocked when it arrives but I would like to understand why only VZW customers are lucky?
  25. jlp2979 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    From an earlier Macrumors thread about the FCC language:

    If you are buying a 5S at full retail, in the U.S., I see no point in waiting for the "sim free" unlocked phone, nor do I see a point in buying the AT&T/TMO variant at full retail. The Verizon 5S is factory unlocked as required by the FCC. I've wanted a phone like this for a long time. I have AT&T and although they've massively improved, there are still times when at concerts or traveling that there is either congestion or poor coverage. On those occasions I can now pop in a VZW pre-paid sim or just pay for a month or 2 of VZW service if I need the additional coverage. I'm politely asking and am not being rude, I just don't understand what the benefit would be of waiting for a "sim free" 5S? Are we sure that the "sim free" version of the 5S will work with all carriers (minus Sprint) or only GSM? If the latter, the VZW 5S still makes the most sense.

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