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mlody

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Just received a replacement iPhone 6s for my wife and during the setup there is a screen that says 'choose carrier'. the phone that we currently have was originally t-mobile iPhone 6s, but it was unlocked and we use it on ATT network now. The thing is, we actually planning to switch to Verizon in the next 1-2 months and would like to bring this phone over there. If I pick ATT now, will this phone be locked to ATT, or can I pick up Verizon and still use it on ATT network? I appreciate any assistance with this.
 

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eyoungren

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Just received a replacement iPhone 6s for my wife and during the setup there is a screen that says 'choose carrier'. the phone that we currently have was originally t-mobile iPhone 6s, but it was unlocked and we use it on ATT network now. The thing is, we actually planning to switch to Verizon in the next 1-2 months and would like to bring this phone over there. If I pick ATT now, will this phone be locked to ATT, or can I pick up Verizon and still use it on ATT network? I appreciate any assistance with this.
If you choose AT&T it will lock to their network.

Choose Verizon. The activation policy will fully unlock the phone. You can then use it on AT&T.

Just got a replacement Sprint iPhone 5 a few weeks ago and I was given the choice of carrier. I chose Verizon and this Sprint iPhone that's been solidly locked to Sprint for the last five years fully unlocked.

My son is using it on T-Mobile.
 

Cergman

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For what it's worth, I had that same screen on my sim free 6s+ and it remained unlocked even though I chose AT&T.
 

eyoungren

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Do you know if there's any rhyme or reason for replacement phones asking for carrier? My first 6s+ asked but the second one didn't.
You're lucky if it does. Because you can choose a carrier that because of it's activation policy will automatically unlock your phone when you choose it.
 
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chosper

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If you choose AT&T it will lock to their network.

Choose Verizon. The activation policy will fully unlock the phone. You can then use it on AT&T.

Just got a replacement Sprint iPhone 5 a few weeks ago and I was given the choice of carrier. I chose Verizon and this Sprint iPhone that's been solidly locked to Sprint for the last five years fully unlocked.

My son is using it on T-Mobile.
If you choose AT&T it will lock to their network.

Choose Verizon. The activation policy will fully unlock the phone. You can then use it on AT&T.

Just got a replacement Sprint iPhone 5 a few weeks ago and I was given the choice of carrier. I chose Verizon and this Sprint iPhone that's been solidly locked to Sprint for the last five years fully unlocked.

My son is using it on T-Mobile.


Choose Verizon and everything went smooth... Thnx for this answer, it is the ONLY lead on the web I could find that said "just go ahead and select Verizon" hehehe Thanks again.
 
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eyoungren

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Choose Verizon and everything went smooth... Thnx for this answer, it is the ONLY lead on the web I could find that said "just go ahead and select Verizon" hehehe Thanks again.
No problem, LOL!

Glad that helped someone else!
 

zorinlynx

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I've never seen this screen in my life and I've had multiple iPhones... What causes this screen to appear?

I figure the phone would know what carrier it's on based on the SIM card. Why does it need to ask?

Just curious; I wandered across this thread by accident.
 

eyoungren

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I've never seen this screen in my life and I've had multiple iPhones... What causes this screen to appear?

I figure the phone would know what carrier it's on based on the SIM card. Why does it need to ask?

Just curious; I wandered across this thread by accident.
You know how you have the screen where it says "Hello! Slide (or Press Home) to unlock"?

That screen is actually a few steps after the carrier select screens.

In my case I can only guess as to what happened.

1. Both phones were long out of contract.
2. I was no longer on Sprint.

Personally, I think this screen comes up every time, but you know that part after you get a replacement where the genius is fooling with your phone before handing it to you? That's probably the part where they are selecting your carrier.

Here's what it looks like though. Bit older iOS I think.

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