Unlocked iPhones?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thouts, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. thouts macrumors regular

    thouts

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    What are peoples thoughts on the iPhone eventually being available to more service providers? I only ask because AT&T Service is sub par in my area. Currently i'm with alltel. Anyone have any input on this...is it at all a possibility or are we stuck with at&t forever?
     
  2. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    AT&T and Apple have signed a contract where in the US AT&T is the only person who can sell the iPhone. The contract expires in 5 (now 4) years.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Also read the tons of other threads regarding the compatibility issues. Alltel is CDMA, is it not? As of course are Sprint and Verizon. So even unlocked, neither first nor second generation iPhone will ever work with those networks. The first gen iPhone is essentially completely compatible with T-Mobile, but the second gen iPhone cannot use the T-Mobile USA 3G network. So really, even if it were unlocked, it wouldn't help you much. As for whether Apple will actually actively court multiple carriers (e.g. in the US, by releasing a CDMA iPhone and/or releasing a 3G that works on the band that T-Mobile uses), ... as said above, it's almost certainly not happening soon.
     
  4. fishkorp macrumors 68020

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    Altell was bought by Verizon. Both use CDMA and Apple would need to make an entirely new phone for it to work, current iPhone is GSM.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Not quite yet... fwiw, regulatory approval for the merger, if it even comes, is forecast to be months away....
     

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