Exchanged T-Mobile Contract-Free/Unlocked for the Sim-Free Factory Unlocked.

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  1. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    I was wondering if anyone has exchanged their T-Mobile Contract-Free Unlocked 6/6+ for the Sim-Free version? I was able to do the exchange flawlessly at Apple today. The first store I went to sold the only single Sim Free Gold 64GB version once I arrived. Luckily, upon suggestion of the Apple guy, he suggested to secure the purchase online and pick it up it-store at another nearby Apple Store, which I did.

    I was told by both stores that the Sim-Free is better of the two because of the additional bands. How do these additional bands benefit me? Would these extra bands benefit me internationally?
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    You did the exchange when you had no idea how, if any, it'd benefit you?
     
  3. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    The model that you purchased has more LTE bands (TD-LTE), and if you travel to China or Japan you'd be able to get LTE versus 3G with the T-Mobile model. The resale value should be higher as well.
     
  4. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I knew it had more bands, but what I didn't know was how these extra bands would benefit me, but I do now.

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    Perfect! Thank you! I had 2 more days and I did contemplate for a moment on returning my T-Mobile 6+, but now, I'm glad I did.
     
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  6. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

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    My work has sent me to Narita, Japan for work, but not recently. It's good to have this added feature than not. I figured, if I'm allowed an exchange by Apple, then why not do it? They didn't even question why I was making the exchange. They did offer the information that it was a better phone due to the extra bands and made the exchange.
     
  7. Electroni macrumors newbie

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    Besides the extra bands, this model can also be activated with Sprint (previously only units sold as Sprint specific SKUs were eligible for activation on Sprint).
     
  8. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple released a phone with more features in my opinion so why not take advantage of it if you're within the return period? Maybe in a year you'll travel to China and need LTE service lol. I would have done the same thing honestly.
     
  9. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Wow! Will it work for Verizon too? So basically, it covers all CDMA and GSM networks here in the U.S.

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    I'm so glad I did the exchange. Previous threads claimed both Sim-Free and Contract-Free were virtually the same phone, until someone posted about those extra bands. That's what motivated me.
     
  10. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    It will work on Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T so all carriers are covered!
     
  11. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

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    You were able to do it??? I want to do it!

    But I highly doubt that's normal. Or doable in most cases but I really need my thread back.

    We got straight punk'd this year.

    I guess those who waited it was definitely worth it this time.

    Am I ticked off? A little. Do I really care. Not now. I changed my mind. Of course I wanted the TRUE unlocked but now it's too late. I got my 6 and I like it but the 6s will be better and we all know it.
     
  12. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I remember those threads. They were pretty funny. Both sides thought they were right.
     
  13. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

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    I WAS right. As always.
     
  14. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    Your release dates were wrong though!!!
     
  15. Electroni macrumors newbie

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    The "officially" sim-free model is basically the Sprint variant of the iPhone except that it's unlocked. It supports all the bands that the att/vzw/tmo variant supports plus the Sprint "Spark" LTE band and a few other LTE bands used overseas. It can be activated on any one of the major US networks (although you'd need to get a SIM card from the network of your choice yourself since it doesn't come with one out of the box).
     
  16. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

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    That's on Apple. They were WAY late. Hey how about you congratulate me like I deserve.

    I love saying I told ya so.

    They need to make a thread dedicated to me!
     
  17. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    I never commented about it, just read the threads, so I won't be congratulating you. I thought the threads were funny though. But, yeah, you kind of got the last laugh.
     
  18. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    How can they be way late when they NEVER released a date?
     
  19. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

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    WAIT!? Sprint variant? Is the Sim-Free iPhone GSM supporting CDMA or is it CDMA supporting GSM? GSM or CDMA?
     
  20. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Except you allowed your iPhone 6 to get stolen...
     
  21. ET iPhone Home thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Do you know if this Sim-Free version is GSM or CDMA?
     
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    And got another one a couple hours later...


    Seriously my insurance was like the SWAT team

    That ain't no excuse. It was supposed to come out in November!
     
  24. Electroni macrumors newbie

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    It does both.
     
  25. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    There have been reports that all other unlocked phones (even AT&T's phone) would work on Verizon anyway (6 or 6 plus of course). People are saying, though, that one must already have an account with Verizon. They won't start a new account with that phone, for whatever reason. I imagine all of this would apply to your phone too.

    What I don't undesrtand is why Apple doesn't just sell ONE iPhone model and then attach a carrier to it when it is purchased. Must be carrier agreements. Can't really think of anything else. Would make it a whole lot easier, as a customer, to tell them I want a 6 plus 64gb in silver and THEN have them ask me about carrier info/upgrades/loans etc.
     

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