My unlocked iphone works on T-mobile!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mudmanmike, May 6, 2009.

  1. mudmanmike macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    Hello everyone,

    Somebody may have noticed this before but I just discovered it. I live in the Philippines and I am in Texas visiting family. I am white American by the way. I was curious and decided to take my phone off airplane mode; to my surprise it is roaming on the T-mobile network. And it is working I have sent a few texts to friends in the Philippines. I use Globe Telecom (my phone is locked down to Globe) I guess T-mobile must be a roaming partner with Globe.

    So there you go everyone. Instead of all the trouble with unlocking your Iphone; all you have to do is fly the the Philippines buy an Iphone there then bring it back here.

    By the way I dont know what the roaming fees are yet. HAHAHAHA!

  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    What you're saying has nothing to do with locks. You're just roaming, that's all. Enjoy the big bills.
  3. arubinst macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    Lausanne - Switzerland
    You really don't have a clue, do you? A locked (or unlocked) phone will roam whenever you go out of your home network (in this case, your Philippines carrier), provided that they have agreements with the host network.

    Roaming charges are usually VERY expensive so you better stop sending those messages and do not even attempt to make a call or use data.

    You might want to get some information next time before you go on a trip.

    Just a question out of curiosity. How is this relevant?

  4. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Jan 17, 2009
    Surfers Paradise
    Cause any of us whom have been to Texas would wonder how a "non-white" person isn't getting lynched in Texas. Haha
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    And what the heck does your skin color have to do with this thread/conversation. I don't think any of us care about your ethnicity.
  6. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    And my 100% locked to AT&T iPhone worked on Vodafone in the UK and Germany! Imagine that!

    Joking aside, a locked iPhone will work fine on other networks when you are roaming with your original carrier's SIM in, that's why you're on T-Mobile. If you put in a T-Mobile SIM card (or even AT&T for that matter), your phone would not work at all.
  7. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Are you kidding? Everyone knows only white Americans can afford the iPhone. What with our great economy and all. (full disclosure - I'm not white, and frankly, you all look the same to me)
  8. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
  9. veeco3110 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2007
    brick nj
    thats awesome
  10. mudmanmike thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2008
    thanks for the replies,

    I thought about deleting the part about me being a white American before I posted it. After living in another country (and being a curiosity) for so long I am used to filling that information in. Try to see it from my perspective.

    I didn't mean to say "My unlocked phone" in the title. That is confusing. The phone is locked. The difference I think is that my phone actually says "T-Mobile" where it should say "Globe" (or AT&T for US Iphones). I dont think that a roaming AT&T Iphone would display the T-Mobile like that. Maybe I am wrong. I had two Iphones before I left the US and I dont remember seeing that.

    Sorry about sounding like a..... biggot? I am just excited to be back in The States.


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