I am eligible for an upgrade on AT&T, but for work I've begun to travel abroad for periods of weeks at a time, sometimes as long as a month. When abroad, it can be very useful to buy a local pre-paid SIM card for making local calls and using data (and so locals have a local number at which to reach me). This worked well on a recent trip with my iphone 4S, which AT&T unlocked for me because I was beyond my contract. They wouldn't have unlocked it otherwise. So, now that I want to upgrade to the iPhone 6+, I'm trying to figure out a way to do it where I'll still be able to have my phone unlocked for purposes of using a local SIM card when abroad. I've called all the carriers but, according to the reps I spoke with, none of them seem to want to make that possible. I know I can buy an iPhone 6+ unlocked from Apple by paying full price, and I'd be happy to do that if I would then get a lower rate plan from a carrier (because I brought my own equipment they wouldn't need to recoup the equipment subsidy via my rate plan). But that's not how it works. They say they would charge me the same rates. The idea that they are going to charge me the same rate as they charge people who are paying for their phone through their contract is upsetting. It'd be like paying for the phone twice! If it was just a matter of paying for it upfront vs over time, I'm happy to pay upfront, but I don't want to pay twice! A couple of the carrier reps "helpfully" told me that I could keep my iphone 4S and use that when I'm abroad. That's frigging stupid. I'm upgrading because I want *a better phone*. It's insane that they think it makes sense for their contract requirements to turn my new phone into a brick when I'm abroad (or a tool for extortion, considering their international roaming rates), so that I can "enjoy" going back to my slow 3+ year old phone. I don't understand why if I continue to pay them on for my contract while I'm abroad, they won't let me also go and pay someone else for service at the same time. They're still getting their money, but without having to render any service! Shouldn't that be a steal of a deal for them?? Anyone have any advice for me? I'm super frustrated trying to figure out how to not get financially screwed and not have the new, faster, big-screened iphone that I intend to purchase reduced to a wifi-only device when I'm abroad.