iPhone 8(+) Switching Carriers

AndyJoeshow

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Original poster
Dec 27, 2016
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Austin, Texas
Hey everyone! Hope this is an easy question.

I am currently on an ATT IPhone 8 Plus on Apple’s Iphone Program. I’d like to change to T-Mobile as the coverage is better in my area.

Do I need to just have ATT unlock the phone before I go to T-Mobile? They’re on the same network I believe so there shouldn’t be too much else to it. Anything I’m missing?
 

rui no onna

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Oct 25, 2013
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If you bought it via Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program, then it should already come unlocked. It's via AT&T Next that's locked.

Those are two different networks, though (but the device should work on both).
 

enrincon89

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Apr 30, 2014
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Hey everyone! Hope this is an easy question.

I am currently on an ATT IPhone 8 Plus on Apple’s Iphone Program. I’d like to change to T-Mobile as the coverage is better in my area.

Do I need to just have ATT unlock the phone before I go to T-Mobile? They’re on the same network I believe so there shouldn’t be too much else to it. Anything I’m missing?

The phone is locked. I’m currently with an iPhone X with IUP and I traveled to Colombia like 2 weeks ago and I wanted to use a Colombian carrier SIM card and the iPhone was locked. So I called AT&T and they told me to go to att.com/deviceunlock and follow the directions to have my phone unlocked it took like 30 mins to get it unlocked.
 

rui no onna

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Oct 25, 2013
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Did Apple change their policy? Back when I helped someone buy an iPhone 7 and 7+ via the IUP, the devices came unlocked out of the box. Got the Congrats, your iPhone is unlocked message when we connected to iTunes to restore backup.
 

enrincon89

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Apr 30, 2014
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Did Apple change their policy? Back when I helped someone buy an iPhone 7 and 7+ via the IUP, the devices came unlocked out of the box. Got the Congrats, your iPhone is unlocked message when we connected to iTunes to restore backup.
I think they did. Because before calling AT&T I called Apple and they told me to call AT&T.
 

Mrbobb

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Aug 27, 2012
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If u got the phone from AT&T, it's locked to AT&T.
If u got the phone from Apple, the SIM-LESS phones are unlocked.
If u got the phone from Apple AND signed up with a carrier immediately, I dunno, it maybe locked.
If the phone is fully paid, no more pending monthly you should be able to unlock it with AT&T.
 

Superrjamz54

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Dec 4, 2015
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If u got the phone from AT&T, it's locked to AT&T.
If u got the phone from Apple, the SIM-LESS phones are unlocked.
If u got the phone from Apple AND signed up with a carrier immediately, I dunno, it maybe locked.
If the phone is fully paid, no more pending monthly you should be able to unlock it with AT&T.
no iPhone bought on using Apples upgrade program is carrier locked for the US carriers. My Intel X works fine on Verizon with the IUP program. Not sure if it’s going to work with an international carrier.
 

AlphaGuitarist

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Nov 12, 2014
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I bought a T-Mobile variant (no carrier check at the time of purchase) X from Apple and immediately activated it on my AT&T account. A week later, I flew to Spain for two weeks and used it with a local carrier. The phone was unlocked out of the box.
 
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