Is it possible to get the iPhone 7 full priced without having to sign up for a carrier ?

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  1. The Lions Den macrumors regular

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    Only the T-mobile iphone on Apple.com will let you purchase the phone without needing a carrier.
     
  2. Appl3FTW macrumors 603

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    I know at least att and Verizon requires a carrier.
     
  3. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    SIM Free isn't available yet and will probably be a minimum of 2 weeks. SIM free units typically become available once stock has recovered. So if it's like the iPhone 6 it probably won't be available until Jan.
     
  4. kendo88 macrumors regular

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    well whats the difference between sim free and paying full price for an unlocked one?
     
  5. Abs_p macrumors 6502a

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    iPhone 6S was available within a couple of weeks of launch. AFAIK 8th October was when they launched it.

    Almost no difference. Only thing this year is GSM and GSM+CDMA are two different models so if you buy a T-MO unlocked, it will work on T-MO and AT&T and all other GSM carriers but not on Verizon or Sprint.

    If you buy a true SIM-Free or a full price Verizon it will be a true universal phone that works on GSM and CDMA.
     
  6. kendo88 macrumors regular

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    Ok. So I am travelling to the US next week, there for a couple of weeks, hoping to be able to pick one up in the store, unlocked to bring back to the UK, buying an unlocked GSM will be the same as a sim free for me?
     
  7. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    As I said. A minimum of 2 weeks. But 6s' never sold out last year on pre-order. That's why they were available earlier. I'm willing to bet it will be closer to Jan this year like the iPhone 6.
     
  8. Abs_p macrumors 6502a

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    Just go to the apple store and ask for a full price verizon or T-mo. Don't mention unlock or anything.
     
  9. joe8232 macrumors regular

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    For the Uk you'll be fine buying the T-Mobile one, it just won't work with Verizon here in the US. I'm a Brit Living in the US and use 3 in Uk and T-Mobile here.
     
  10. mobidutch macrumors member

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    Yes, you could buy ANY iPhone 7 model at any of the 4 major carriers, and it will work in the UK. Not sure if carriers will let you buy one without a contract though.
     
  11. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    TMO is still the GSM only device. He would need a sprint or Verizon device. And Apple won't sell either without being part of that carrier.
     
  12. duaneu macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, don't ask for an unlocked phone, they'll pretend it's not possible. Use the words "device only".
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    You can buy them in store, just not online.
     
  13. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Are you sure? I know others that said they couldn't.
     
  14. duaneu macrumors 6502a

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    You can if you walk into an Apple Store (assuming they have any in stock).
     
  15. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    Hmm interesting. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  16. Scott6666 macrumors 65816

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    From what I can see in the ordering process it's not even possible to get a new phone number online preorder even paying full price. You must be upgrading an existing phone number to check out.
     
  17. Abs_p macrumors 6502a

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    You can get a T-MO one. I ordered 2x Full Price T-mo without even having tmobile.
     
  18. kendo88 macrumors regular

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    Not sure that is correct. I would want a T-Mobile or AT&T device as these are the same GSM models as sold in the UK.

    I would want model A1784 which is T-Mobile/AT&T.

    Model A1661 is the sprint/Verizon/us cellular/boost variant which is not compatible in the UK
     
  19. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    2 years ago it was January. Last year it was first week of October. Time will tell this year.
     
  20. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5

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    I thought it was confirmed that the CDMA was GSM+CDMA. A true world phone. While the GSM is literally only GSM.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2016/09/08/att-and-tmobile-iphone-7-models-lack-cdma/

    Both phones share the same bands except A1661 offers CDMA and GSM.
     
  21. kendo88 macrumors regular

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    either way, A1784 seems to be the phone that will be distributed in the UK, as we have absolutely no use for CDMA, so that would be the one I would want to pick up in the US
     

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