iPhone 8(+) Switching Carriers

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by AndyJoeshow, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. AndyJoeshow macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2016
    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?
  2. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    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).
  3. enrincon89 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2014

    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.
  4. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    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.
  5. enrincon89 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2014
    I think they did. Because before calling AT&T I called Apple and they told me to call AT&T.
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    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.
  7. Superrjamz54 macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2015
    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.
  8. AlphaGuitarist macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2014
    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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