If you pay full price for an iphone 5, will at&t unlock it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lamenramen, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. lamenramen macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    Have a feeling that the answer is 99% no, but here goes...
    I know that Apple will sell unlocked iphone 5s in the future, but can I buy an AT&T iphone 5 at the full ridiculous price tomorrow and have them unlock it?

    My contract with AT&T ends in 3 weeks.

    Thanks
     
  2. yip1989 macrumors newbie

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    Yes, they will as long as you purchase the phone from authorized location.

    http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB414532

     
  3. lamenramen thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well now this is great news.

    Last question is, after my AT&T iphone 5 is unlocked, is it identical to an unlocked iPhone 5 straight from Apple? I assume that there is no AT&T branding or anything like that, and that the internal radios are one and the same.
     
  4. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    Short answer is maybe.

    This year we have two different models of the iPhone 5 being sold in the USA. They support different LTE bands. So until we see the model number for the Apple Unlocked iPhone 5 we don't know.

    This is different from last year's iPhone 4S where the AT&T iPhone 4S was considered the same as the Unlocked iPhone 4S from Apple.

    Here is the Apple link that describes the differences due to LTE support

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

    Summary: An Unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 will work on most GSM networks worldwide. It does not have the same LTE bands active as the other Model :(

    So if Worldwide LTE is important, then you should wait until Apple clarifies what their "Unlocked iPhone 5" will support.

    Dave
     

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