Carrier Locked iPhone but going to live abroad. Options?

zsbradt

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I'm going to be living in France later this year from late August through December. I currently have a new iPhone XR that I bought through T-Mobile in the US, so it's locked. Is it possible to get T-Mobile to unlock it for me before then or no? If not, I was looking at the Apple clearance site iPhone SE's as a relatively inexpensive backup that I could get and use with a French carrier SIM card. Is this a good idea? Thanks
 

eyoungren

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I'm going to be living in France later this year from late August through December. I currently have a new iPhone XR that I bought through T-Mobile in the US, so it's locked. Is it possible to get T-Mobile to unlock it for me before then or no? If not, I was looking at the Apple clearance site iPhone SE's as a relatively inexpensive backup that I could get and use with a French carrier SIM card. Is this a good idea? Thanks
JUMP, JOD, EIP or did you buy outright?
 

Derzkin

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May 27, 2015
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Reach out to them and ask for an International unlock, and let them know when you will be there. Since you will be going in August, you will have more than 40 days of service by the time you leave. They may not allow the phone to be unlocked until late July, but until you reach out to them, you won't know. The best method in my experience is using Twitter DM's to T-Mobile Help.
 
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