T-Mobile iPhone (LOCKED)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rumorman69, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. rumorman69 macrumors regular

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    I've been reading rumors that the iPhone 5S purchased from T-Mobile for full retail is actually *locked* and can only be unlocked after 40 days of using T-Mobile service. Can I get some confirmation on this? I'm sure tons of people preordered the 5S directly from T-Mobile last year, was it really locked?

    Is the consensus that purchasing the T-Mobile version from Apple gets you a truly UNLOCKED phone on day one? Thanks!
     
  2. ronm99 macrumors 6502

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    I can't confirm, but I thought that it was only locked if you were on a plan where you paid zero up front and paid for the phone over time with an extra charge on your monthly bill. I think if you pay in full up front, it is unlocked.
     
  3. rumorman69 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmm. I hope that's the case, but I haven't heard that before.
     
  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Purchasing the iPhone from a T-Mobile store results in you receiving a locked phone even if you purchase it in full. It would only be unlocked after 40 days of using T-Mobile service.

    Purchasing it from Apple results in an unlocked phone at the time of purchase on day one.
     
  5. 617aircav Suspended

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    This is true.
     

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