I bought an iPhone 5 device only and it's locked

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by moneyman118, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

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    I bought a device only iPhone 5 and its locked. I paid $649 for the 16gb. Shouldn't this be unlocked.
     
  2. hobsgrg macrumors 6502

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    No they aren't sold as unlocked in the USA, just locked without carrier subsidy, although the Verizon one is partly unlocked but that is the same whether you pay full price or not
     
  3. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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  4. soco macrumors 68030

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    This.

    Return it now if it's not what you expected. Don't get hung up on this as there is nothing amiss.
     
  5. moneyman118 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i bought if from AT&T I might just unlock it on ebay and sell it for a profit. Luckily I still have my 4s
     
  6. KittyToy macrumors 6502

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    U won't make much profit if u sell it on eBay u already paid 700 for it incl tax . Just call AT&T n ask them to unlock it, they will if u paid full price.
     
  7. vbtwo31984 macrumors regular

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    You can request a free unlock from AT&T if you bought it without a subsidy:
    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/
     
  8. JodyK macrumors 6502a

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    I bought mine at the Apple store .. it is unlocked ... on T-Mobile right now.
     
  9. moneyman118 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    are you sure?
     
  10. as0016 macrumors regular

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    Yes, people are selling them unlocked for around 900-950ish. You lose 3% to paypal and 9% to ebay.

    So assuming you bought it for around 700 after tax you're looking at 800-830ish after paypal fees and ebay final value fees.

    All that with the potential for a scammer buyer for a 100ish buck profit? Doesn't seem hugely worth it.
     

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