SIM-free iPhone 7 with US Carrier

incoherent_1

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I'm considering purchasing a SIM-free iPhone 7 in cash just swapping SIM cards (I currently have an AT&T SIM). I've read something about carriers locking new phones based on the first SIM that's inserted into it, but that's only for carrier-specific phones on a monthly payment plan -- correct?

Don't want to pay $750 for a brand new phone only to have it lock onto AT&T.
 

Shadowbech

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I'm considering purchasing a SIM-free iPhone 7 in cash just swapping SIM cards (I currently have an AT&T SIM). I've read something about carriers locking new phones based on the first SIM that's inserted into it, but that's only for carrier-specific phones on a monthly payment plan -- correct?

Don't want to pay $750 for a brand new phone only to have it lock onto AT&T.
Sim-Free iPhone 7 purchased at Apple store will remain unlocked permanently regardless if you activate it with an AT&T sim. You can always insert a different sim and it will still work. However, I read that the iPhone 7/7 Plus purchased at Target, Best Buy, Walmart, etc are also sim-free but they are locked to that carrier once it's activated and thus is advisable that a verizon sim card is used before turning on the phone for the first time.
 
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jav6454

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I'm considering purchasing a SIM-free iPhone 7 in cash just swapping SIM cards (I currently have an AT&T SIM). I've read something about carriers locking new phones based on the first SIM that's inserted into it, but that's only for carrier-specific phones on a monthly payment plan -- correct?

Don't want to pay $750 for a brand new phone only to have it lock onto AT&T.
Even paying for an AT&T iPhone full price at an Apple Store guarantees it's unlocked.