Carrier Sim free iPhone vs full priced Att vs Verizon

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  1. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

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    Last year they had modern differences. Will this be the case this year with the X? I use At&t and also curious if their future LTE tech could be utilized by this phone. Will wifi hotspot and wifi calling work fine?
     
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    Yes it's the same as last year, AT&T/T-Mobile will have Intel Modem. Verizon/Sprint/Sim Free will have Qualcomm. Same goes for the iPhone X as well.
     
  3. Dkoc13 macrumors member

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    I have att and I'm not making the same mistake as last years...I want the Qualcomm phone so Ima getting the unlocked sim
     
  4. GadgetGeek407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. DblHelix macrumors 6502

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    Intel doesn’t support CDMA. Some Asian networks as well as Verizon and sprint use CDMA in some places
     
  6. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

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    If you order the unlocked sim model, it still asks you for your carrier information. Does that mean if you get the unlocked sim model and have AT&T, you'll still get the Intel modem version? I know it'll be unlocked, but do they still go by your carrier when sending you an unlocked sim model (I did the iPhone Upgrade Program).
     
  7. Shadowbech macrumors 601

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    When you order a sim-free model, it never asks you for your carrier information whatsoever. If you choose to pay outright on a carrier model it still asks you for your carrier info.
     
  8. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

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    I gotcha. It was the iPhone Upgrade Program I was confused about. I was thinking you get the sim-free model when you use that to purchase the phone, but it’s just an unlocked version based on your carrier info.
     
  9. kevinf1990 macrumors member

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    Sorry if I am hijacking this thread but I have a related question.
    I have ATT. If I wanted to get the iPhone X with the most bands (GSM + CDMA), I can buy the verizon one at full price and use it on ATT? If I pay full price for the phone, it should be unlocked right?

    Thanks
     
  10. democracyrules macrumors 6502a

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    You should be able to. Verizon phone is a factory unlocked phone. Ensure you put your carrier sim in the phone before turning the phone on.
     
  11. Rigby macrumors 601

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    If it's the same as in previous years, you cannot buy the Verizon version from Apple without having a Verizon account, even if you pay full price.
     
  12. kevinf1990 macrumors member

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    ok then second question: I don't think I've travelled anywhere where I must use CDMA networks. I always have the option to choose GSM networks during my travel. I don't see any difference between A1865 and A1901 besides the addition of the CDMA/EV-DO bands. The GSM bands appear to be the same. SO I should be ok if I buy the ATT as the sim free version?
     

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