New iPhone in September unlock question

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  1. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

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    Hello,

    I have a question about the next iPhone and had a question about the "unlocked capability" on the online preorder night.

    Will there be an option unlocked phone when the new iPhone comes out on the pre-order night - or only the carrier one's?
     
  2. Cutiekitty92 macrumors 65816

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    I sure believe so as I'm after an unlocked handset too which I will be purchasing from Apple directly for preorder
     
  3. pokerplayer73 macrumors 6502

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    I had to buy an iPhone6 for a friend overseas. I ordered one for TMobile, for which you pay full price. When it comes in, first step, take the tmobile sim out. Put my ATT sim in, powered it and it recognized ATT sim right away. Hence, unlocked. It worked fine for my friend in his country as well.
     
  4. hawon macrumors member

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    No matter what carrier you are purchasing it from, all iPhone are unlocked.
     
  5. ckc macrumors regular

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    Not so in the UK.
    A phone bought from a carrier is locked to that carrier. The only unlocked iPhones are those bought from an Apple Store or direct from Apple without a carrier contract.
     
  6. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020

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    Not in the US either. I believe only T-Mobile phones are unlocked. I know for sure AT&T is not.
     
  7. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    For the 6 and 6/6 Plus, the Sim Free models didn't release till around January. So I assume it would be the same situation for the 6S and 6S Plus. They will likely do pre-orders for the carrier models first and then later once the supply meets demand is when they will likely start selling sim-free models.

    But I'm sure they will take pre-orders for the t-mobile models as they are also unlocked.
     
  8. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    Unless you purchase the AT&T model as Device only, then it comes unlocked. But that is purchased from the Apple store. I'm not sure about the ones being purchased from AT&T store.
     
  9. hawon macrumors member

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    I'm not sure about AT&T model purchased from AT&T store but I have tried to swap SIM cards from T-Mobile AT&T and Verizon to each other's and all worked without an issue. Wasn't that the point of Apple sim? Devices come unlocked choose your carrier.

    I have not encountered any singled locked iPhone 6....
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Really?

    Go buy a Sprint phone then and try that. Unless you buy a SIM free model from Apple then that won't be the case.

    My wife's two month old Sprint iPhone is fully locked to Sprint. How is that unlocked?
     
  11. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Last year, Apple waited until January to release the official "Unlocked and contract-free" iPhone. I expect the same this year.
     
  12. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    The Sim Free iPhone will most likely not be available on pre-orders, but the Unlocked T-Moble variant will be offered for pre-orders. Simply remove the T-Mobile sim card and replace it with any US carrier sim and the iPhone will recognize it as (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint...etc).
     
  13. Martin81 macrumors regular

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    It depends on where you life. In Germany for example unlocked phones can be preorded and are available in stores.
     
  14. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    For US market.

    Any iPhone bought full price from Apple Store (brick: all; online: possibly T-Mobile only):
    unlocked (but not necessarily whitelisted on Sprint and Verizon)

    Verizon: unlocked (per FCC agreement)

    Sprint: locked (until contract/installment obligations are fulfilled)

    AT&T: locked (until contract/installment obligations are fulfilled)

    T-Mobile: locked (until contract/installment obligations are fulfilled)

    As for SIM-free, it's generally released later than the carrier SKUs. The SIM-free iPhone 4S was made available around a month after the 4S's release. Longest interval between carrier and SIM-free versions appear to be the 6/6 Plus (around 3-4 months).
     
  15. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That is completely false.
    Maybe in your country but not everywhere eise.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Stop posting nonsense.
    Just because you tried an unlocked phone you think every iphone sold is automatically unlocked?
    Apple sim has nothing to do with people getting phones under contract or by using "next" payments.
     
  17. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    For reference:

    iPhone 4S
    initial: Oct 14, 2011
    SIM-free: Nov 11, 2011

    iPhone 5
    initial: Sep 21, 2012
    SIM-free: Nov 29, 2012

    iPhone 5s
    initial: Sep 20, 2013
    SIM-free: Nov 22, 2013

    iPhone 6/6 Plus
    initial: Sep 19, 2014
    SIM-free: Jan 6, 2015
     
  18. nia820 macrumors 68000

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    My suggestion would be to buy an iPhone online from UK or another country where celluar bands are compatible with your carrier.

    I'm currently living in Qatar and all iPhones (or any smartphone) is unlocked and sim free whether it is from the carrier or not.
     
  19. duaneu macrumors 6502a

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    OP was asking about online pre orders. We know about the full price in store option, but in the past, T-Mobile model has been the only online option at launch for unlocked.
     
  20. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Well, technically speaking so have been the Verizon versions as well, since as of iPhone 5 they have to be factory unlocked.
     
  21. duaneu macrumors 6502a

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    But you can't preorder the Verizon version online without signing up for Verizon service. T Mobile is the only contract free option online until the sim free model is released, usually months later.
     
  22. Christian 5G thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you all for your replies!

    I live in US.

    My carrier is tmobile, so I am really hoping in ordering one online on preorder night.
     
  23. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone know if the AT&T iPhone comes unlocked if you buy it through AT&T for full price and have a Mobile Share Value no contract postpaid plan?
     
  24. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, if you pay full price an AT&T iphone is unlocked.
     
  25. karmatourer macrumors 6502a

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    No they are not.
     

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