Is T-Mobile iPhone unlocked?

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  1. jigsb007 macrumors 6502

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    Guys,
    I want to buy an iPhone , which I can use in india . Which iphone5 I should buy???

    Is there any unlocked iPhone I can buy from apple???
    How about AT&T ?? Or tmobile???
    Since tmobile doesn't cone with the contract, I assume that it should be unlocked !!

    Please advice ..thanks
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Tmobile iphone is locked.
    Go to Apple and buy an unlocked iphone.
     
  3. okwhatev macrumors 6502

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    TMobile iPhone 5 IS the new unlocked AT&T iPhone. there is no such thing as a "locked" T-Mobile iPhone 5.
     
  4. ogremoustro macrumors 6502a

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    Yes there is, the T-Mobile iPhone is locked until either the phone is payed off or the requirements have been met.
     
  5. jigsb007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you guys.. But I m now confused...
    Do apple sale unlocked??? Online or in store???

    Or should I wait couple of months , there r rumers about new/cheap iPhone...
     
  6. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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  7. jigsb007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It looks like Tmobile phone's are unlocked !!!

    if you try to purchase IP5 from apple website, you get only 3 service provider. but if you select unlocked then it ask , with tmobile sim ? or no sim.

    that means..if you buy a phone from tmobile store, you get the same phone as if you ordered unlocked for apple. Make sense ??/

    on apple its $649, but at the tmobile store its $20 for 24months and $99 initial downpayment. so its $69 cheaper at Tmobile.
    The only thing, you have to be a tmobile customer. i think they dont give just a phone....
     
  8. PsstGreek, Jun 19, 2013
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    PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    T-Mobile iPhones do not come unlocked. Apple just sells them for full price.

    The down payment at T-Mobile now is $149

    If you want an unlocked iPhone, but the factory unlocked one instead.
     
  9. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    The ones at the T-Mobile stores are NOT unlocked. Try putting an AT&T sim card in one of them and it kicks you back to the 'Activation Required' screen. Only the ones sold directly from Apple are unlocked.
     
  10. okwhatev macrumors 6502

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    I was under the assumption that the ones at the store are required to be activated using the TMobile SIM but then the slot is an unlocked GSM slot afterwards.
     
  11. kissnoob macrumors member

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    Your assumption is wrong. I did test it on the iphone 5 Tmobile buying from Tmobile store. It is NOT unlocked. Putting ATT sim in it doesn't work.

    I needed to request unlock through Tmobile customer service. After they sent me the letter of unlock completion (the same as ATT letter), ATT sim works without any issue
     
  12. djransom macrumors 68040

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    That depends on your credit class. I just dropped $300 per phone for me and the mrs this past weekend.
     
  13. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    True but the OP thought it was still $99.
     

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