Carrier If buying unlocked iPhone 6 at Apple store can we activate over phone with att?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bobright, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I got a question. I am planning to get my iPhone 6 at the Apple store and want to use it on AT&T. Can I buy at the apple store then activate over the phone with AT&T?

    I hope I don't have to go into AT&T too as I'll be fighting lines twice. Would I need a sim or would the phone come with one? I am a current AT&T customer fwiw just never bought unlocked so this is all new to me.
  2. sfwalter macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
    I don't know the answer to your question but want to caution you about getting an unlocked iPhone 6 on launch day. Apple did not have unlocked iPhone 5S on launch day. So I would check around before you have to stand in a long line.
  3. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    If you buy an att iphone you can use it with att. Just put your sim inside.


    He does not have to buy an unlocked one.
  4. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I don't want a contract though...does that matter?
  5. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    In Canada the Apple Store staff can activate phones on any carrier. I imagine it is similar elsewhere.
  6. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    If you already have a 5, 5C, or 5S then just put your sim card from that phone into the iPhone 6 when you get it. No need to contact AT&T.

    Also purchasing either the Verizon or T-Mobile model full price from the Apple Store at launch will result in you having an unlocked phone that also works on AT&T.
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you already have AT&T, just put in your SIM (cut to size as needed) or just get a nano-SIM now and use an adapter for the time being. Then put the SIM in your new phone once you get it.

    Of course they did. Depending on market it was either about buying it directly as unlocked or buying the phone as device only.
  8. satchow macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2011
    As others have said, all you have to do is take the SIM card out of your old phone and put it into your new unlocked one. No need to get it activated by AT&T. It's better to do it this way because you won't have to pay some ridiculous $45 activation fee.
  9. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    Here we go again.

    Phones under the NEXT plan cost the same as just buying it outright. Are you planning to leave ATT soon?
  10. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    I can't remember if your monthly installments do get taxed on your overall bill, though. You have already paid the sales tax on NEXT phones, but I never look at my bill since it is only $145 a month for two lines on family share compared to $250 that I was paying last December for 3 lines.
  11. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    This may vary from store to store.


    Some people don't want to owe money for a phone.
  12. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Yes here we go again stop forcing Next down people's throats. I don't want a monthly installment plan. I can afford it outright so that's what I'll do. Why make payments on it when I don't have to?


    I gave my iPhone 5 away a couple months ago and am actually using an old flip phone so would probably need a different sim. How would it work then I'd probably need to go into AT&T?

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