iPhone 6 with no carrier

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MartyXB, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. MartyXB macrumors member

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    Simple question. Will I be able to buy, or is there such a thing as, an iPhone (6 Plus) not associated a carrier? I would like to be able to remain contract free and be able to move between carriers as better deals appear or as better service becomes available.

    As an example someone may wish to join Sprint but find service weak, a few months down the line the area gets built up and Sprint becomes an option or T-Mobile comes up with a real killer deal say 50% less that what your current Verizon charges and you want to move over. Being contract free without having a phone that is not free to move between carriers is rather pointless especially if you are paying close to a grand for the phone.
     
  2. 617aircav Suspended

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    Apple.com will have the unlocked tmobile versions available on Friday.
     
  3. MartyXB thread starter macrumors member

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    Just what does it mean "the tmobile version", will I be able to use it on Verizon? Sprint? ATT?
     
  4. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    I wonder if the Apple Store iPhone/iPad app will have the unlocked versions though.

    When I checked last night they weren't' an option on there.
     
  5. ABC5S Suspended

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    Verizon unlocked iPhones can be used on ATT or T-Mobil if you wish
     
  6. 617aircav Suspended

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    It's the gsm only one that works on att and tmobile and world wide. Verizon and Sprint are Cdma and no gsm carrier phone will work on them.
     
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020

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    Wrong.

    Verizon phone is the best of all of them as it works on BOTH Verizon AND all the GSM carriers.

    Check the specs sheet.
    This was also true of the 5s.
     
  8. MartyXB thread starter macrumors member

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    How does little old Sprint figure in on this? Having a FAST LTE on a plan that is not unlimited can be problematic so it would be nice to have Sprint as an option (of course assuming you are in a Sprint LTE service area).

    As an aside would all carrier branded, unlocked phones (whatever than means) work without hassles on Straight Talk? I really want a phone that gives me complete freedom on all US plans.
     
  9. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Problem with Sprint is they don't unlock for US at the moment and they'll only be forced to unlock for devices manufactured after Jan/Feb 2015, iirc. There's a strong possibility that the Sprint iPhone 6(+) can only be used on Sprint in the US. Verizon's iPhone is your best bet as it can be used on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. That said, I've got my fingers crossed that VoLTE would make factory unlocked GSM iPhones usable on Verizon.
     
  10. MartyXB thread starter macrumors member

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    I see what you are saying about Sprint not relinquishing the lock on "Sprint Branded" iPhones, but would Sprint be able to activate an unlocked iPhone 6 from another carrier, say, TMobile, Verizon or AT&T?
     
  11. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

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    But can you buy a Verizon one at full price on launch day and not sign up for their service? That is the real question.

    People are saying Verizon is the best, but if people don't already have Verizon service or don't want to switch to Verizon, they won't be able to get it on launch day.
     
  12. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    This is what I wanna know
     
  13. dreamroar macrumors member

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    Me too
     
  14. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Never had a problem before. Try Best Buy or even Verizon stores. Stock can thin out quickly (especially) away from Apple stores but if you miss the first batch and can be patient, new stock will come in.

    On the other hand, if you desperately need to be "first", you'll probably need to take what you can get instead of getting what you might actually want.
     
  15. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

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    A majority of people on here are looking at pre ordering or waiting in line at an Apple Store. They won't want to take the risk of going to a Best Buy.

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    So it sounds like the Verizon one will support GSM carriers. But getting a Verizon one for intended use on a GSM carrier from Apple on launch day probably will not happen.

    I don't plan on going to Verizon. I am moving from AT&T to T-Mobile so I will be buying the T-Mobile one, put my AT&T SIM card in for a couple weeks, then switch.
     
  16. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    I understand. But your question was about where to get the Verizon version with no contract. That's very unlikely at an Apple Store. It is more likely at Best Buy and/or a Verizon store.

    If you want to buy one at Apple, it appears the Tmobile version is the one that will be able to be purchased with no contract.
     
  17. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Nope. They only accept white-listed devices meaning Sprint-branded phones only. Unfortunately, even if a phone exists with the necessary technology, Verizon and Sprint are just too bullheaded to allow the device on their network if it didn't come from them. I think part of the FCC ruling on Verizon's spectrum purchase was they can't block compatible devices on their network so you might be able to use a non-Verizon iPhone on Verizon's network using LTE (and VoLTE) eventually which is good news for everyone.

    The Verizon iPhone is the most flexible as it can be used on the 3 major networks in the US (since they're forced by the FCC to unlock their devices). The Sprint iPhone is the least flexible until they become forced to unlock next year.
     
  18. MartyXB thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, lets try this differently. Does Apple manufacture different iPhone 6s for each of the carriers?

    If not then is the whole concept of locking just an issue some database somewhere in the cloud?

    Looks like most people have no hard yes or no answers just some vague "I think" or "I heard" or "I think I read". With carriers and people weening off the subsidized phone and people paying big bucks for "their own" phones you would think some hard answers are in order. No contract plans are intimately tied into unlocked/unsubsidized phones and the whole point in being out of contract both plan and phone wise is to be able to move over to another carrier with your own fully paid for phone. Then again if Apple cannot make a universal USA phone then state so (and let us know why this is so).
     
  19. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

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    It does appear that way for the time being. I'm still super excited!
     
  20. amro macrumors 6502

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    For the last several years, Apple's website eventually allowed a non carrier (SIM-free) iPhone purchase about 1-2 months after the initial flood of upgrades, etc. The phone was always the GSM version which was good for AT&T or T-Mobile. You can see that in the store under the 5s. It says, "Requires a GSM-compatible SIM".

    With the new larger-number-of-LTE-bands iPhone 6, I don't know if this would apply.
     
  21. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    They kinda do but with the 6/6+, it's unnecessary.

    Pretty much, yes. :rolleyes:

    Apple can make a universal USA phone. They've already proven that with the iPhone 4S and iPad Air. The problem is Verizon and Sprint won't allow you to use said universal phone on their networks. I think it's kinda stupid of Verizon and Sprint to reject customers but hey, that's just me. :rolleyes:
     
  22. MartyXB thread starter macrumors member

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    Sprint just announced a $50 unlimited everything plan just for the iPhone 6s. You can understand the need to be not carrier locked with this "war" between the carriers in full swing and the release of the iPhone days away!
     

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