iPhone 5S unlocked option removed from Apple Store?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ulmer, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Ulmer macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2002
    #1
    A couple days ago on the Apple Store online, I believe the 5C and 5S listed "Unlocked and contract-free" options of T-mobile and "SIM-free".

    Today, the 5C page continues to show these options, but the 5S page no longer lists an unlocked option. Just "Contract-free" for T-mobile.

    http://store.apple.com/us/buy-iphone/iphone5s

    Does this mean that the T-mobile 5S phones are locked and there's no unlocked option through the Apple Store yet? I know they have delayed unlocked phone availability in the past...
     
  2. JodyK macrumors 6502a

    JodyK

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    Location:
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    #2
    The Tmobile versions will be unlocked

    Apple is not calling them "unlocked" now I think because it draws resellers and promotes the Tmobile version. Will sku their sales numbers ... I am sure ATT complained about this.
     
  3. JKK photography macrumors regular

    JKK photography

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    #3
    Unfortunately, that's what it looks like. You're right, they have delayed the unlocked versions in the past to keep up with demand from customers who want a contract phone. I was hoping that that wouldn't be the case this time.

    Thankfully, I believe this will still work for me. I'm hoping to pick up a 5s before I go to Australia for a year. However, when I come back, I'll probably try to get on AT&T.

    Does anyone know what T-Mobile's unlocking policy is? Frankly, this device should be unlocked, since there is no hardware subsidy.

    Edit: For those in a position like I am in, it seems like T-Mobile's unlocking policy is straightforward and that it does apply to iPhones: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-1588

    This looks like the route I'll be going tonight, at least.
     
  4. bendrumin macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    #4
    I could be wrong, but if its an off contract phone (no upgrade but full price) it comes unlocked correct?
     
  5. jabba jabba macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Location:
    Colorado
    #5
    Wow, good catch. They did change the wording and removed the link about the unlocked iPhone...

    Although it looks like it will still be unlocked. Try selecting one of the T-mobile iPhones and in the Summary box in the upper right it's listed as "T-mobile Unlocked." Let's hope so...

    But like most other questions prior to launch...no one knows for sure!
     

    Attached Files:

  6. aka777 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2012
    #6
    You probably want to buy one there, so you get to utilize their LTE frequencies.
     
  7. JKK photography macrumors regular

    JKK photography

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    #7
    Oh, alright -- good catch!

    Hopefully it is just a change in wording. I guess we'll just wait and see, but T-Mobile does have a decent unlocking policy for its devices: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-1588

    It's a nice nuclear option, if the device comes locked.

    ----------

    I've checked the bands and I should be good to go, but I won't be in an area with LTE for the carrier I'll be on anyways, so it is kind of a non-issue. Plus, it's a temporary move and then I'll be back in the States again.
     
  8. krizko macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2009
    #8
    So, purchasing this "T-Mobile unlocked" iPhone would still work on an AT&T account using say a current iPhone 5 nano sim? Or is the hardware any different at all?
     
  9. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Location:
    Little Rock, AR
    #9
    From reading the unlock policy on T-Mobile's site it looks like you have to be a customer to unlock? I'm wanting to purchase a phone for AT&T..
     

Share This Page