Selling my locked iphone and purchasing an unlocked iphone.

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  1. ahfu25 macrumors 6502a

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    Some offered me 650 for my iPhone 4s today and I thought about doing it and then purchasing an unlocked one from at&t. My one question is can I transfer my applecare plus to the unlocked version?
     
  2. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    I recently did this. I think the pros outweigh the cons in this case. I sold my AT&T iPhone 4s and got a nice chunk for it so this wasn't an issue. I purchased the 32GB unlocked 4s at the Apple store and couldn't be happier. The main reason I did it was because the resale value will be significantly higher. Not to mention when I leave the country I can pop in any sim instead of the ones AT&T wants me to use.
     
  3. ahfu25 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry I wasnt done and I had to edit my post. But yeah im going to sell it and do this. Im going to DR twice this year. My only question is the one about my applecare plus. I dont mind buying it again but I rather not.
     
  4. jackhdev macrumors 6502

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    I don't think so. AppleCare is attached to the phone, not the person.
     
  5. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

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    Transfer it over from your current 4s to the unlocked one.
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Not sure if Applecare+ can be transfered.
    Also you need to buy the factory unlocked iphone from Apple.
    Chances are even if you pay full price from AT&T it will still be locked to them.
     
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Wait a sec., even if you buy a GSM phone from ATT, that is one locked to them, you can't take it abroad and simply slip in a sim card from that country and use it? It has to be unlocked from the start first? Or unlocked by ATT?
     
  8. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    The jury is out on that one. I think people are simply recommending going through Apple since that is known to work.
     
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  12. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I see. So signing with ATT or Veriz at an Apple store means the phone will be unlocked? So, if say, after two years with ATT, I can bring that iPhone overseas and use it there without having to get ATT to unlock it for me?
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No.
    Only buying it for full price from apple with no contract will mean it will be unlocked.
     
  14. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I see. Thanks for clarifying. I guess people mean buying it retail price at Apple to ensure it's unlocked.

    I understand now.
     
  15. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    Signing with ATT will leave you locked forever (unless they change their terms). Signing with Verizon you can be unlocked for overseas carriers. If you are picking a carrier for going overseas a few times a year, Verizon (or Sprint) is the better choice for this reason IMO.
     
  16. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    But isn't Verizon CDMA only? Won't that mean SIM cards won't work overseas?
     
  17. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    No. The Verizon iPhone 4S has GSM radios as well. It will work overseas. It was designed to.
     
  18. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I see! Thanks so much for explaining.
     
  19. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, what lord said above.
    I think you have to be on Verizon or Sprint for some many months and your account in good standing and then they will unlock the GSM side of the phone for international use. It wont work in the US with any GSM carrier but outside of that it will accept any other international carriers sim.
     

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