Carrier Locked iPhone 6S Plus from AT&T store

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  1. kevjen888 macrumors 6502

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    I just got an iPhone 6S Plus from an AT&T store, then realized it is locked by AT&T even thought it is a A1634 model. Apparently only the AT&T version from Apple Store are unlocked. i just confirmed that this morning by insert my coworker's TMobile card and it was not working. i need to use this phone in mainland china in a couple months, is paying the device in full and ask AT&T to unlock the only choice i have? can i go to Apple Store and ask to swap for an AT&T model there?
     
  2. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    Yes, they won't unlock your phone if it's still not technically yours. Pay it off or go buy one for full price. They will unlock both of them.
     
  3. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    it doesn't matter where you buy it, unless you pay for it in full upfront the phone will be locked to AT&T.
     
  4. kevjen888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i don't mind pay in full upfront, but can anyone vouch the iphone 6 or 6S from AT&T store will work in China if unlocked by AT&T? i've read after the unlock, it will work with other carriers here in the US (Tmobile) but still won't work in China. how about getting swapped with a same phone in Apple Store, is that too much of a reach?

    the reason i didn't think this through before signing with AT&T is i had Verizon iphone 5, and 6 before and they were from Verizon store and on payment plans too, but i was able to use them in China without any issues. i guess AT&T is different.
     
  5. Beenblacklisted macrumors 6502

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    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202909
    Not looking good for your model.
     
  6. Daytona 360 macrumors member

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    Your AT&T model will work fine in China. According to this:
    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

    The AT&T model supports all the LTE frequencies of the 2 China models.
     
  7. Beenblacklisted macrumors 6502

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    theres 3 chinese carriers

    China Telecom-supported LTE models
    • iPhone 6s (Model A1700)
    • iPhone 6s Plus (Model A1699)
    • iPhone 6 (Model A1586)
    • iPhone 6 Plus (Model A1524)
    • iPhone SE (Model A1723)
    China unicom
    You can use these iPhone models with China Unicom’s LTE network:

    • iPhone 6s (Model A1700)
    • iPhone 6s Plus (Model A1699)
    • iPhone 6 (Model A1586)
    • iPhone 6 Plus (Model A1524)
    • iPhone SE (Model A1723)
    • iPhone 5s (Model A1530)
    • iPhone 5c (Model A1529)
    and China mobile

    You can use these iPhone models with China Mobile’s LTE network:
    • iPhone 6s (Model A1691, A1700)
    • iPhone 6s Plus (Model A1690, A1699)
    • iPhone 6 (Model A1586, A1589)
    • iPhone 6 Plus (Model A1524, A1593)
    • iPhone SE (Model A1723, A1724)
    • iPhone 5s (Model A1518, A1530)
    • iPhone 5c (Model A1516, A1529)
    Reference
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202909
     
  8. kevjen888 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    my friend uses A1549 (AT&T iphone 6), the model number isn't on that list for use in China. but she was able to use it with China Unicom just two months ago. she was under AT&T contract too, had to pay it off and unlock the phone herself via itune before her trip.
     

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