I really want an iPhone, but I'm on T-Mobile

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Arcadia310, May 8, 2011.

  1. Arcadia310 macrumors regular

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    Is it still possibly to unlock iPhone 4's for use on T-Mobile? How does one go about doing this? I really hope the rumors of the iPhone 4S/5 on T-Mobile are true. I simply refuse to pay nearly $40 more to use an iPhone on Verizon or AT&T.
     
  2. rekhyt macrumors 65816

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    You can buy an unlocked iPhone from Hong Kong. Granted, it's more expensive, but it's unlocked.
     
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    You can use an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile's network, but you will not have 3G data speeds. Instead you will have the slower EDGE speeds.
     
  5. Arcadia310 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I'm aware of that, just one sacrifice that I'll have to make. :(
     
  6. bbmiLo macrumors regular

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    Factory unlocked iPhone in Hong Kong is ~$640, which is the same as $599 USA price plus tax. Btw iPad2 is $501 in Hong Kong, which is cheaper than USA unless you don't have not pay tax.

    Your best bet is to unlock a USA phone using a Gevey SIM.
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    That is a pretty big sacrifice. It is one I wouldn't be willing to make, but to each his own. I hope you find an unlocked phone reasonably priced.
     
  8. xXSL1MXx macrumors member

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    Yeah I bought one off of eBay. You just either need to unlock it through software if you have the right baseband. If not, buy a gevey sim. That's it. I got my iPhone 4 32GB for an unbelievable price; $200! And it came with a dock, cleaning kit, screen protectors, and 7 cases!
     
  9. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I agree. I think at that point I would rather just go Nexus S or something like that and take advantage of T-Mobile's fantastic 3G network. Fortunately, T-Mobile's edge network doesn't seem too bad because my friend uses her iPhone on T-Mobile and it looks okay. Nothing exceptionally slow.
     
  10. ckd macrumors member

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    You can also buy an unlocked iPhone from Canada, which is closer than Hong Kong but (with current exchange rates) more expensive.
     
  11. PharmDoc macrumors 6502

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    I had an iphone on Tmobile for 2 years before I finally made the switch to AT&T. I'm telling you that the 3G speed does make a LOT of difference. If I were you, I would try to get on AT&T and try to find some sort of FAN discount to make up for the increase in price.
     
  12. petrucci666 macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

    +1

    I had Tmobile for 3 weeks and couldn't stand EDGE. I switched to AT&T a couple of weeks ago. It really handicaps the device. I mean, it's 2011, 3G is a MINIMUM we need.

    I could handle not browsing often, not listening to Pandora, Youtube etc. but not being able to do even the most basic tasks such as loading Google Maps was unbearable.

    Trust me, do anything you can to get on AT&T, it's worth it and not that expensive.
     
  13. petrucci666 macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

    +1

    I had Tmobile for 3 weeks and couldn't stand EDGE. It really handicaps the device. I mean, it's 2011, 3G is a MINIMUM we need.

    I could handle not browsing often, not listening to Pandora, Youtube etc. but not being able to do even the most basic tasks such as loading Google Maps was unbearable.

    Trust me, do anything you can to get on AT&T, it's worth it and not that expensive.
     
  14. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a

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    It will be cheaper and more convinient to just switch to ATT. on T-mobile you also loose visual voicemail.
    If the FCC aproves in a year T-Mobile will cease to exist and be part of ATT anyways.
     
  15. ali9686 macrumors member

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    Wow. Excellent purchase!

    To the OP. I have a friend with the ip4 who is always complaining about his data speeds.
    But sometimes (at least in our area) AT&T 3G speeds are similar or even worse then T-Mobile speeds.


    Sent from my iPhone 4 using Tapatalk
     
  16. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Since AT&T is merging with TMobile the prices will soon be the same anyway. :mad:

    Go with AT&T instead of compromising with painfully slow data.
     
  17. Arcadia310 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I currently pay about $65 a month on T-Mobile. I really want to ride this train all the way out and see if the merger even happens. How much more would a plan on AT&T cost me? Right now I have 500 minutes and unlimited text and web.
     
  18. antman2295 macrumors 6502

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    Depends if its an individual plan or family plan, also do you currently have a "smartphone"

    450 mins - $39.99
    Unlimited text + Unlimited mobile to any mobile - $20.00
    2GB of Data - $25.00

    For a grand total of $84.99

    BUT if you would sign up for Mary kay, (I have to look up how much it cost but it pays off quickly and saves you even more in the in the long run)

    You get 18% off of Voice and Data which would make it

    450 mins - $32.80 ($7.20 saved)
    Unlimited text + Unlimited mobile to any mobile - $20.00
    2GB of Data - $20.50 ($4.50 saved)

    Grand total of $73.30 ($11.70 saved in ONE month)

    If you want to sign up, just PM me and we can get yall more information and signed up!
     
  19. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I believe those prices do not include taxes and other fees that are part of your bill.
    http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/additionalcharges/
     
  20. mz100 macrumors regular

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    Op, how important is data for you?

    I am rocking an iPhone 4 on AT&T prepaid with unlimited calls/text for $60
     
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