Unlocked iPhone on launch?

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  1. exizeo macrumors regular

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    Have past unlocked iPhones been available on launch for full price? Or are only the subsidized/contract iPhone availavle on launch?

    Also, can I join T-Mobile's plans on contract, or does it require an unlocked iPhone?
     
  2. OllyW Moderator

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    Most countries offer them unlocked on day one but so far US customers have had to wait a couple of months longer before they are available.
     
  3. Truthfulie macrumors regular

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    With T-Mobile you don't have contract. You just pay monthly payment of your device on top of your monthly bill. You can just get the phone from T-Mobile.
     
  4. Jaguarr40 macrumors regular

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    I personally have a few friends that I know of that bought factory unlocked 5S phones from the Apple store on Launch day for full retail off contract.

    It would seem to me they would do that here in the States again for the new phone.
     
  5. exizeo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright, that's fine. Thanks.

    Hopefully they do sell the 6 unlocked at launch.
     
  6. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    All Verizon iPhone 5, 5c and 5s models are fully GSM unlocked. The same will apply to the iPhone 6. Just buy one of those.
     
  7. exizeo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess that'll work, as well.

    So, buy a $200 Verizon iPhone 6, go to TMobile, and swap the sim? Would I still have to use a Verizon plan or have Verizon subsidize my next phone?
     
  8. rockitdog macrumors 68020

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    Verizon won't give you a $200 iPhone unless you sign up for service with them. It will cost you $350 + some prorated fees for the service to cancel but it it's still cheaper than paying $649 + tax for an unlocked from Apple.
     
  9. Truthfulie macrumors regular

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    When you buy iPhone from Verizon for $200, it is subsidized. As far as I know, your phone is locked until you fulfill their two year contract for the subsidization or pay the ETF and all other fees associated with it. So yes, you do need to use their plan for two years. I think what T5BRICK meant was that you can pay full price of the phone at Verizon and take it elsewhere. Though I don't really get why you wouldn't just get the phone from T-Mobile to begin with, if you are planning to use it there.
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    All Verizon iPhone 5, 5c and 5s models(all Verizon LTE phones, actually) are UNLOCKED from the get go.

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/aboutus/commitment/safety-security/device-unlocking-policy.html

     
  11. exizeo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm just going to hope that either I can get an unlocked phone from Apple for use with T-Mobile, or get the phone from T-Mobile.

    With Verizon, even if it is unlocked, would I still have to pay anything either up-front or monthly to Verizon if I switched to T-Mobile?
     
  12. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you buy it outright, for full price, there won't be any monthly or up front costs besides the cost of the phone.
     
  13. exizeo thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I CAN buy it on launch-day, unlocked, with Verizon, for $649? Then go back to T-Mobile?

    That's great!
     
  14. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    If you're planning to use T-Mobile, then just buy one from a T-Mobile store at launch.

    If you need an unlocked one, Apple sells the unlocked model on day one for $649. Last year they referred to it as "unlocked with a T-Mobile sim".
     
  15. 617aircav Suspended

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    the verizon one is better as it will work on all three major US carriers.
     
  16. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Yes that's true. At launch though last year the Apple Store was giving people a hard time who were trying to buy the Verizon model full price. At least at the one near me. I think they gave preference to people who were buying subsidized.
     
  17. stevejobz macrumors member

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    The verizon version of 4S/5/5S/6 all work with any carrier around the world. I have a lot of relatives overseas and when they ask me for a phone from here i go on craigslist and look for verizon models. They come unlocked and people sell it for less because it is Verizon and they think it wont work on other carriers.
     
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Not fully the case for the 4S at least. It can be unlocked but doesn't come unlocked on its own and it can only be unlocked for GSM carriers outside of US. As of 5 they are factory unlocked and can work with US GSM carriers as well (the 5 though has somewhat different LTE bands so might not support LTE on various GSM carriers).
     
  19. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    Despite what an apple store person will tell you, its been the experience of others in this forum that Tmobile iphones sold at the APPLE STORE will be unlocked.

    Verizon iphones will also be SIM unlocked if you can convince a specialist you wanna buy one off contract.

    AT&T iphones will unlock if you buy it at full price and go home and sync to iTunes to unlock it. (what i did for the 5S). Just tell them you want to buy it out of contract and you dont want to activate it in store.

    Tmobile doens't have contracts. if you mean you want to join tmobile and pay the installment plan then you have to do that at a tmobile store.
     
  20. stevejobz macrumors member

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    I have personally bought and used a 4S overseas and i also used my own 4S that i got from Verizon throughout the past years. I didnt call Verizon for an unlock or use a 3rd party to unlock them. You think i got lucky on those being unlocked?
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Perhaps, not sure what the details were in your case. But, by default, 4S from Verizon is not GSM unlocked (and when it is GSM unlocked it's only unlocked for networks outside of US). One example of this: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phon...-sim-unlock-your-verizon-apple-iphone-4s/6712
     
  22. 617aircav Suspended

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    My brother had the 4s with Verizon and he had to call them to get it unlocked.
     
  23. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    This is probably what I will be doing. Although I plan to order it online to pick up at the store. Either way, I'm paying full price for the iPhone 6.
     
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  25. HarryWild macrumors 6502a

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    I going to playing it safe and waiting for the an unlocked model numbers to be release before I buy it! I can wait 120 days or a little longer just to make sure I can have an unlock "model". Otherwise; you might have trouble with the status!
     

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