Is it Possible?

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  1. chekz0414 macrumors 6502a

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    Is it possible to buy an iPhone 5c for $199 (32GB), within an Apple Store without setting up on a Network, and then paying a 3rd party to unlock it so you can use it on any other network (i.e. Boost Mobile etc...) without being tied to the contract? I have been the user of an iPod touch for awhile now (est. iOS 2.x), and as I am of in need of a phone, this is certainly an option I am looking into, in order to still use my iTunes purchases and iOS features like iMessage etc...
     
  2. eddiec312 macrumors 6502

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    No, you can't because that's the subsidized price. Meaning you have to sign a 2 year contract to get that price. You can try swappa and buy one for about $250 used and then have it unlocked through a 3rd party.
     
  3. chekz0414 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So you're saying I could buy a used one (from someone else's contract) and then unlock it?
     
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    Yes, through 3rd party services and depending on which carrier it's originally locked to. For example, I believe phones from Sprint can't be unlocked. However, GSM phones can be unlocked.
     
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    Yep, but if you are wanting the 5c it won't be much cheaper than the full retail cost so it's probably a better idea to just buy an unlocked one from Apple.
     
  6. chekz0414 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is it true that all Verizon models are already unlocked? I am currently bidding on a 5s from Verizon that is "iCloud" locked...
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Do not buy anything that is locked via iCloud or Activation Locked. They are completely unusable.
     
  8. chekz0414 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am sure iOS 7.0-7.0.6 is able to be bypassed... With a DFU restore I believe
     
  9. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    No that's not true. An icloud locked phone is a paperweight
     
  10. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    As the Activation lock is on Apple's server's side, no restore or anything else is able to bypass it.

    A phone that is locked by the Activation Lock is a very expensive paperweight.
     
  11. chekz0414 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm what do you guys think of a iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? are those unlocked??
     
  12. magilla macrumors regular

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    And maybe not just a wee bit "hot?"
     
  13. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    No. The way to get an unlocked phone is to buy it from the Apple store at full retail price.

    http://store.apple.com/us/buy-iphone/iphone5c/16gb-white-unlocked

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    The iCloud lock does not have anything to do with the carrier.
     
  14. Intell macrumors P6

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    Possibly.
     
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  16. chekz0414 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah well updating everyone now! I have bid and WON a 64GB iPhone 5 that is unlocked, my new question is can this iPhone be used on just Wi-Fi for a bit, or do I need a SIM to use it at any point in time.
     
  17. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I'm pretty sure you can use it as an iPod touch if you so chose. You don't need it activated on a network for it to work. Wi-Fi should work just fine.
     
  18. chekz0414 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank god~ perfect! >< I can finally enjoy having the auto brightness back and finally have a battery percentage show. And of course the A6, which I figure should handle things well, on iOS 7, and possibly 8.
     

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