Is t-mobile iphone 5s unlocked

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by gregpap, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. gregpap macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2013
    Hello guys,
    I want to ask if something has changed since the release of the gsm unlocked iphone 5s from, as I know since then tmobile devices where unlocked, but now that apple sells online the gsm unlocked do you know if the tmobile versions as still unlocked?
    Has anybody tested a device bought after the 29th of November? If there as still unlocked why its only 1-3days for them while the sim-free unlocked are 5-7 business days...thank you a lot in advance!
  2. Jaypi macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2012
    Los Angeles
    The T-mobile iPhone5s is locked (officially)... I put it in brackets because I heard from friends etc. they that can use with different carriers, but that wasn't always the case.
  3. gregpap thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2013
    tnx you have any idea when retail stores will start selling unlocked gsm?
  4. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I thought if bought from the Apple store it was unlocked?
  5. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    It is unlocked...Plus you get a 30 day return window and a carrier you get 14 days. So why would anyone pass that up and get it from a Carrier instead ?

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  6. Kanunu macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2009
    Let me relay my experience and ask a few more questions. A friend bought a 5C used, reportedly only for one day, from another acquaintance and shipped it to me in Vietnam. I checked the call records and usage and it does seem the first user had activated the phone with T-Mobile and really used it for only a day or two. I also had a local Apple technician check on the Serial number and the EMEI and the phone is not stolen. Here's the rub. The phone is locked although the seller told my friend that he bought it unlocked.

    First, does activating the T-Mobile SIM put a lock on the phone even if it was purchased as an unlocked phone? (Note the thumbnail in ABC5S's post.) If not, perhaps the situation was misrepresented by the seller and the phone was bought subsidized.

    My Apple technician tells me that the only legit ways to unlock the phone are to plead my case to Apple support (unlikely to result in success) or buy an unlock code from T-Mobile for ~$110-130.

    Right now I have a hardware unlock chip in the phone that rests next to the Vietnamese SIM. It's probably illegal in the US but for sale commonly here. I can buy a hacked software unlock service here or pay T-Mobile but my second question is if I do so and then decide to use T-Mobile on returning to the US, will the phone lock up again even with one of their prepaid plans?

    Third, what US SIM cards and plans will not lock the phone? I plan to use it back and forth and want to be able to just change cards.

  7. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Because you don't get the carrier subsidy.
  8. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2012
    Las Vegas
    They are locked.

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