No Unlocked 5S, only Unlocked 16\32GB 5C

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by shenan1982, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. shenan1982 macrumors 68040

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    Wow, so now that the site is back up, there's not going to be a SIM free 5S for sale.... only the T-Mobile unlocked version. Guess AT&T and Apple are still up to their behind the curtain trick deals again.

    The 5C is available in 16\32 GB unlocked for ATT. Lame.
     
  2. darster Suspended

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    Sucks

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    Here is what Apple posts on their web site:

    If you buy iPhone for T-Mobile, it will arrive with a nano-SIM card already installed that you can activate by visiting an Apple Retail Store or a T-Mobile store or by calling T-Mobile. When you travel internationally, you can use a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5s from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone 5s model is A1533.
     
  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    AT&T users can just unlock theirs for $2 on swiftunlocks no big deal.
     
  4. LoloBond macrumors 6502

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    If I pay full price I want an unlocked phone otherwise ill keep my 5. :(
     
  5. darster Suspended

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    According to Apple site, the 5C model A1532 supports all US LTE bands. So in theory if you buy the unlocked version, it should work with all networks. Never mind, I read lower down, it will depend on carrier.
     
  6. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Too bad Apple doesn't make the iPhone 5S unlocked version support the bands the rest of the world uses. For me (I travel globally every week) it sucks being trapped on 3G whenever I leave the continent. Mehh.

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    My guess is that 1 year stale price will skyrocket with the 5S IMEIs.
     
  7. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    The unlocked US version supports:

    1 (2100 MHz)
    2 (1900 MHz)
    3 (1800 MHz)
    4 (AWS)
    5 (850 MHz)
    8 (900 MHz)
    13 (700c MHz)
    17 (700b MHz)
    19 (800 MHz)
    20 (800 DD)
    25 (1900 MHz)

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

    That looks like it covers the same LTE bands as France, Germany and UK.
     
  8. darster Suspended

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    Of course that doesn't means carriers like AT&T or Verizon will allow you to bring this device to their network, especially Verizon which is CDMA.
     
  9. twotwo11 macrumors member

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    I'm pretty sure AT&T will allow it on their network. Probably not Verizon, but maybe LTE data only?
     
  10. bp1000 macrumors 65816

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    There is a sim free option in the uk so maybe it is coming in the U.S. ?
     
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  12. twotwo11 macrumors member

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    I think you mean to get the T-mobile version, throw away the sim and problem solved ;)
     
  13. darster Suspended

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    Not for verizon.
     
  14. parseckadet macrumors 6502a

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    Isn't this the case every year when the new model is first launched? The fully unlocked version doesn't come out until the initial rush is satisfied a month or two later.
     
  15. DaGrandMastah macrumors 6502a

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    So there won't be an unlocked version for Verizon?
     
  16. ACDeag macrumors regular

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    The UK has had a sim free option since the iPhone 4 was launched I think
     
  17. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    **Sigh**

    The SIM free IS unlocked. The SIM free and T-Mobile version are the same model.
     
  18. chabig macrumors 68040

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    The Verizon iPhone is already unlocked. You can insert any SIM in it and take it onto any GSM network.

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    Stop making things up. You can buy an unlocked 5S and use it on AT&T without any problems.
     
  19. parseckadet macrumors 6502a

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    I have to say, that is an impressive list. The only European band that seems to be missing is 7 (2600Mhz). Any idea how widespread that is or will be in the near future?
     
  20. DaGrandMastah macrumors 6502a

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  21. loybond macrumors regular

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    Canada has the unlocked one, online only for a while though. 5C unlocked online and in-store.
     
  22. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    Actually, this is the first year they have sold unlocked models right at launch. I'm really not sure what the original poster is referring too.
     

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