So Apple will not sell the iPhone for full retail at launch?

bobright

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Is this true everybody says they won't sell it for full price? Why not? :confused:
 

Eileen89

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Is this true everybody says they won't sell it for full price? Why not? :confused:
They will sell it at full retail in the store, just not online. Currently, the T-Mobile model is the only carrier model that is sold at full retail on Apples website. The T-Mobile model on Apples website is unlocked and will work on any GSM carrier if that's what you need.
 

hypervish89

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They wouldn't let my friend purchase a 5s at full retail price at the AT&T store when we were the first ones in line after waiting all night. I let him use one of my upgrades since I felt bad.
 

Truefan31

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The only full retail iPhone 5S sold online last last year here in the US was the T-Mobile model.

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Not available at full retail online. Apple will allow full retail purchases in their stores.

Looks like I'm makin a trip then
 

Eileen89

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Looks like I'm makin a trip then
I did that last year, butt there were too many people in line ahead of me that got the Verizon model. This year I plan on getting the T-Mobile 6, since I only need it to work with them and AT&T anyway. Hope you make out well at the Apple store and get the model you want. Hopefully there will be more available in stores this year.
 

campyguy

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What about Verizon model device only?
I went to a off-the-beaten-path VZW corporate store on launch day to buy an iPhone 5 outright after two Apple Stores wouldn't sell me one. For the 5S, two of my friends used the same store to buy a gold 5S. In and out in under 10 minutes. The rep was a bit disappointed that I didn't sign a new contract, tho' (I didn't care). I'm in Portland, between downtown and Vancouver - I went to the store in West Linn, if you want an idea of "off the beaten path".
 

juanrp

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Not online.....the only unlocked (full retail) that is available at launch is the T-mo one. It should work with whatever chip, just take the t-mo one out and put another one in.

You can go to a physical store and get one on launch day, camp out the day before, remember your blanket!!

The SIM-free option doesn't come till like a month later.
 

bobright

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They will sell it at full retail in the store, just not online. Currently, the T-Mobile model is the only carrier model that is sold at full retail on Apples website. The T-Mobile model on Apples website is unlocked and will work on any GSM carrier if that's what you need.
I want it for use with AT&T. I don't want to to hurt resale value though if I ever do I sell it. If I were to get the GSM model it'd only be able to be hooked up on certain carriers?

They wouldn't let my friend purchase a 5s at full retail price at the AT&T store when we were the first ones in line after waiting all night. I let him use one of my upgrades since I felt bad.
That sucks was thinking of going to AT&T instead. I'll have to call beforehand with my luck though they'll be sold out by then.

I did that last year, butt there were too many people in line ahead of me that got the Verizon model. This year I plan on getting the T-Mobile 6, since I only need it to work with them and AT&T anyway. Hope you make out well at the Apple store and get the model you want. Hopefully there will be more available in stores this year.
As I was saying I don't want to be limited if I flip my phone later down the line so this is probably a bad idea then? If Apple sells it "unlocked" at a store in person it'd be able to work on ANY carrier right?
 

Eileen89

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I want it for use with AT&T. I don't want to to hurt resale value though if I ever do I sell it. If I were to get the GSM model it'd only be able to be hooked up on certain carriers?


As I was saying I don't want to be limited if I flip my phone later down the line so this is probably a bad idea then? If Apple sells it "unlocked" at a store in person it'd be able to work on ANY carrier right?
The only iPhone model that will work on any carrier is the Verizon model. The unlocked AT&T and T-Mobile iPhones only work on GSM networks. Same thing with the non carrier unlocked iPhone that Apple is currently selling.
 

bobright

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The only iPhone model that will work on any carrier is the Verizon model. The unlocked AT&T and T-Mobile iPhones only work on GSM networks. Same thing with the non carrier unlocked iPhone that Apple is currently selling.
I didn't get any of this thanks for clarifying, so basically what I'd buy unlocked from AT&T would be the same as the T-mobile version apple will sell on launch? I could buy the T-mobile version unlocked then just simply take it to AT&T and add it to my mobile share value plan?
 

LSUtigers03

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They will sell it at full retail in the store, just not online. Currently, the T-Mobile model is the only carrier model that is sold at full retail on Apples website. The T-Mobile model on Apples website is unlocked and will work on any GSM carrier if that's what you need.
Does it work on AT&T's LTE network? I thought it was a different band than T-Mobile's?
 

MacKai

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No one but Apple at this point knows if they will sale an SIM card free unlocked version at launch. If not buy the unlocked t-mobile one and put an att SIM card in it. Problem solved.
 

C. Robert

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Stop spread rumors. Every year this same discussion happens. Walk into the store and buy it outright. I do it every year.