Sprint iPhone 6 bought at Full price is Unlocked ?

karan.k

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Hi Guys, I have lately heard reports for the Sprint iPhone 6 mode A1586, if bought at the Apple store at full price is unlocked. Can anyone please confirm on this ? If they bought a Sprint iPhone at full price from the Apple store.

Thank you.
 

CEmajr

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Hi Guys, I have lately heard reports for the Sprint iPhone 6 mode A1586, if bought at the Apple store at full price is unlocked. Can anyone please confirm on this ? If they bought a Sprint iPhone at full price from the Apple store.

Thank you.
No the Sprint phone is locked no matter where you bought it from.
 

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Hi Guys, I have lately heard reports for the Sprint iPhone 6 mode A1586, if bought at the Apple store at full price is unlocked. Can anyone please confirm on this ? If they bought a Sprint iPhone at full price from the Apple store.



Thank you.

Can you link to where you heard this? On this site no such thing has been said, and this site is pretty accurate.
 

maflynn

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Sprint phones are locked and in the past they've been resistant to unlocking a phone for customers. I'd avoid getting one from them.

Buy a VZW iPhone at full price, it will be unlocked out of the box.
 

swordfish5736

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Can phones be bought at full price right now? The Apple Store app doesn't give that option.
In store only. The store I went to had a line for people purchasing on contract or next and a line for people paying full price.

The ATT, T-Mobile, and Verizon phones are all factory unlocked when bought at full price.
 

Tthomas612

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My phones not unlocked. I bought at the AppleStore.

However I did have an iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s that was unlocked through Sprint that was bought at the Apple Store...
 

karan.k

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Well, has anyone bought a Sprint iPhone 6 at full price at the Apple store. Please use an international sim and a domestic sim to check and confirm.
 

eyoungren

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Anyone tried this yet?
Yes. Someone has.

Ask Tthomas612 about it. He did it as a courtesy for those clamoring about this in another thread on exactly the same topic!

In February 2015 this is all going to change, but until then anyone telling you that you can get a Sprint iPhone unlocked for domestic use is either a liar, doesn't know what they are talking about or has had some extreme circumstance that prompted Apple to force Sprint into this.

But in 99.99% of the cases a Sprint phone is locked. Period. Doesn't matter how much you paid, how little you paid, how many moons you danced over or how much wishing you did. It's locked.

Oh. And if you want to know why, it's because Sprint pairs the ID on your SIM card with the MEID on your phone. Those numbers HAVE to agree for you to get service! If they don't (like they would without the SIM card the phone is paired to), the phone doesn't work. Unless you are a brilliant mind that can defeat the encryption on the SIM card, find and remove the MEID/IMEI/ESN from the Sprint/Apple database of locked out numbers, UNPAIR the card AND reprogram the phone so it works with unpaired SIMs then the phone is going to stay locked.
 

Praesto

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What is all this commotion for unlocked phones??

That is like saying I know I don't like my carrier and I wan't to switch in the next 2 years.. Why not switch now and save the time and hassel....????

Do you guys have a phobia of sticking with one carrier for two years?

To all the people who say "Re-sale value", you don't actively buy technology as an invesment unless directly purchasing a financial instrument (Stock,or Tech Fund).
 

eyoungren

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What is all this commotion for unlocked phones??

That is like saying I know I don't like my carrier and I wan't to switch in the next 2 years.. Why not switch now and save the time and hassel....????

Do you guys have a phobia of sticking with one carrier for two years?

To all the people who say "Re-sale value", you don't actively buy technology as an invesment unless directly purchasing a financial instrument (Stock,or Tech Fund).
In this particular instance it's been reported that the Sprint iPhone 6 and 6+ is the one model of iPhone that has the most bands out of all the carriers. In essence, it's a true world phone.

But, naturally, it's Sprint. So it's locked to Sprint. But there still seem to be people out there who are under the impression that it can be unlocked. Which, it can for international use. But hell will freeze over before Sprint will unlock it to use on a US carrier.

Those wanting an unlocked version of this phone would be better off looking for the one sold in Japan. It's my understanding that it's the same model but it actually comes unlocked. Sprint's phones do not - ever.
 

Praesto

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In this particular instance it's been reported that the Sprint iPhone 6 and 6+ is the one model of iPhone that has the most bands out of all the carriers. In essence, it's a true world phone.

But, naturally, it's Sprint. So it's locked to Sprint. But there still seem to be people out there who are under the impression that it can be unlocked. Which, it can for international use. But hell will freeze over before Sprint will unlock it to use on a US carrier.

Those wanting an unlocked version of this phone would be better off looking for the one sold in Japan. It's my understanding that it's the same model but it actually comes unlocked. Sprint's phones do not - ever.
What you say, makes perfect sense. I definitly understand that, but what drives people to crave having an unlocked phone? Is everyone on this website a drifter? I mean how often do people move outside of the country? from what I see on this forum you would assume everyone here frequently moves in and out of multiple countries and because of this need an unlocked phone. Must be rich as hell to afford those airline tickets / lodging. On a more serious note, please be hesitant of the Ebola when traveling so frequently...


Almost no one I know off this website gives a crap if the phone is locked or not... I am just trying to wrap my head around the reason people want an unlocked phone.
 

eyoungren

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I am just trying to wrap my head around the reason people want an unlocked phone.
I hear you. It's not a big concern for me either as I tend to stay on one carrier. I've been with Sprint for 15 years. Planning on leaving, but even if Sprint did unlock my phones it wouldn't do me any good on T-Mobile.

I think the thought process is that certainty of being able to leave without an issue if your service is not to your liking. It's the same thought process that those (such as myself) have with unlimited data. I never worry, never obsess about any of my data usage because I don't have to. I'm free to use as much or as little as I wish. Likewise, being free to leave your carrier without having to jump through a bunch of red tape and hassle is a security that a lot of people want.

Additionally, people also think "It's my phone, I should be able to just take it to any carrier I wish. The carrier should not be able to prevent me from using my device on another carrier."

Now, I'm not providing any defense here one way or the other. I'm just stating what's been my observations since I joined the forum here as well as what I've seen on other forums.

Sprint's primary reason for locking phones down is that they have a $30 billion agreement with Apple. They have to sell that amount worth of iPhones. So, they lock them down because they lose money if people take their service to another carrier. Making it extremely difficult to do that prevents the average user from leaving. Sprint's pretty used to ignoring pissed off customers because that's usually all those customers can do to Sprint is be angry. Sprint get's it's money either by ETF or full price payment.

P.S. Your frustration about unlocked phones is the same I felt one day when no less than four threads about unlocking Sprint iPhones showed up in close proximity to each other. That's one of the reasons I made my own thread about it and put the link to it in my signature. No one wants to accept "no" when it comes to trying to get their Sprint phone unlocked for some reason.
 
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WolfSnap

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In this particular instance it's been reported that the Sprint iPhone 6 and 6+ is the one model of iPhone that has the most bands out of all the carriers. In essence, it's a true world phone.
All the iPhone 6's are the same model AFAIK.. When I go to download ipsw's from the dev site, there's only two iPhone 6 choices: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There are no other models to choose from. The carrier plist's turn on/off the modems/bands/etc as needed.

But, Sprint sucks.
 

eyoungren

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All the iPhone 6's are the same model AFAIK.. When I go to download ipsw's from the dev site, there's only two iPhone 6 choices: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There are no other models to choose from. The carrier plist's turn on/off the modems/bands/etc as needed.

But, Sprint sucks.
Well, all I can do is report what I've read here and that's what I've read. I can't say you're wrong so I won't argue with you on it.

I will however wholeheartedly agree with your last comment. Sprint does suck and when I can finally get off this cluster of a carrier I'll be better off.
 

JacksTLOS

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All the iPhone 6's are the same model AFAIK.. When I go to download ipsw's from the dev site, there's only two iPhone 6 choices: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There are no other models to choose from. The carrier plist's turn on/off the modems/bands/etc as needed.

But, Sprint sucks.

They are not the same models. It is two different models, 1 for North America and 1 for the rest of the world... in all actuality the only difference is the TD CDMA LTE bands.

https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
 

617aircav

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What is all this commotion for unlocked phones??

That is like saying I know I don't like my carrier and I wan't to switch in the next 2 years.. Why not switch now and save the time and hassel....????

Do you guys have a phobia of sticking with one carrier for two years?

To all the people who say "Re-sale value", you don't actively buy technology as an invesment unless directly purchasing a financial instrument (Stock,or Tech Fund).

Some people are buying the phones at full price, and as such would want an unlocked phone and the freedom that comes with it. I bought a Verizon 6 plus to be used on cricket, the next day I decided to switch to T-Mobile. That's the freedom an unlocked device provides. I will be in England in dec/jan to take in some premier league games. It will also come in handy.
 

Acronyc

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Those wanting an unlocked version of this phone would be better off looking for the one sold in Japan. It's my understanding that it's the same model but it actually comes unlocked. Sprint's phones do not - ever.
I live in Japan and bought my iPhone 6 unlocked directly from Apple because of how many bands the unlocked version supports. I'm not sure if it's the same as the Sprint version, but it seems to support just about everything. My carrier here is AU and I tried a SoftBank SIM that worked fine. I also just used it for four days in South Korea with a local prepaid SIM without any issues. Very happy with it so far and if you travel frequently internationally it's great to be able to use your phone with a local SIM and avoid crazy roaming charges.
 

karan.k

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Check this website
http://maypalo.com/2014/09/20/unlock-iphone-6-free/

Is it all BS?
 
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