Unlocked/off contract/full price iPhone 5 ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by soya, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. soya macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I would like to pre-order an iPhone 5 via Apple website but I don't want to be on contract with AT&T, Verizon or any other carrier. I heard that I could buy a full price iPhone 5 and that it will come unlocked by default (?). Do I have to order it via Apple.com or should I go to AT&T website ?

    Thank you
     
  2. famerdave macrumors member

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    I heard it would not be unlocked the first few weeks, but you can still buy it a Off-Contract version.
     
  3. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    If you want a factory unlocked iPhone 5 you will have to wait a few weeks. It will not be available right away.
     
  4. katmeef macrumors 6502

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    In Canada at least unlocked is available right away, when paying outright for the phone at apple
     
  5. soya thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So basically, the off-contract version is still locked to the carrier ? After how many days can I ask for an unlock ?
     
  6. GoreVidal macrumors 6502a

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    Til your contract is up. Wait a few weeks. The unsubsidized locked phone is the same damn price as the factory unlocked.
     
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    What contract?
    He said he's buying it full price off contract.:rolleyes:
     
  8. limonade macrumors member

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    Like katmeef said, in Canada, you'll be able to buy an unlocked iPhone 5 tomorrow from the Apple Store at 699$. If it's not available right away in the USA, I guess it will be so quite soon.
     
  9. Diode macrumors 68020

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    Last year you could buy off contract from the Apple store starting day 1 and it was unlocked. This was before it was officially available unlocked. Don't know if you can do it for preorder though.
     
  10. soya thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I would also like to find out about this as I would like to get the unlocked version although my AT&T is qualified for an upgraded pricing. I want a phone that can be used oversea with other carrier. I guess the only way is to buy an unsubsidized unlocked phone?

    Hopefully we can also preorder the unlocked global version tonight :)
     
  12. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000

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    If you buy the phone at full price there's no reason AT&T won't unlock it for you
     
  13. coolweirdo macrumors regular

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    whats the full price for the iphone 5 in canada
     
  14. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    If you want the phone today, buy it on contract and the a few months down the road, pay the ETF and then unlock it.
     
  15. soya thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm going to wait tonight and see if there's any unlocked or full price version available. Anyway, on the 28th september, Cricket will launch a non-contract iPhone 5 so it is not that far away.
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Cricket is CDMA right?
    If I was you I'd wait for that cause if you buy any other version now for other carriers or even the full price AT&T model then you might not be able to activate it on cricket.
     
  17. soya thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My bad. I want the GSM version. Sorry I'm a bit confused since I am from Belgium. Just moved in to Texas a few months ago.
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Oh, but it wont work with cricket just so you know.
    The GSM unlocked version will work fine in Belgium or any GSM US carrier.
     
  19. soya thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yup I just did not notice that Cricket was a CDMA carrier. In Belgium, they sell the iPhone fully unlocked like in Canada and we only use GSM network. :p
     
  20. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a

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    So just to make sure that I understand this correctly..

    I can preorder OR wait till Sept 21st and wait in line in the Apple Store to get the off contract locked iPhone 5 full price, right?!

    Basically I don't need it to be unlocked, but I do need it off contract!

    Thanks!
     
  21. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Correct.
     
  22. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a

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    Thx!
     
  23. doxielover macrumors 6502a

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    No option to order no contract on apple website :(
     
  24. jeffzoom91 macrumors regular

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    There is no non-contract option on Apple's site as above.


    The iPhone 5 is also not on the premier site for those of you with a corporate discount.

    Looks like I am going to have to wait a month.
     
  25. soya thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There is a no commitment option for the iPhone 5 on AT&T website.
     

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