very quick question about buying unlocked 5S T-Mobile via Apple website

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by insoc, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. insoc macrumors member

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    Hello. I don't live in the US so I cannot go to a Apple Store. I see Apple will be selling unlocked and contract free 5S cells but buying it for T-Mobile.

    The small print on apple.com website says this: If you choose T-Mobile, your iPhone comes with a T-Mobile SIM card already installed. You will need to contact T-Mobile or visit an Apple Retail Store to activate your iPhone.

    Question: If I buy an unlocked and contract free 5S from T-Mobile, even though said phone is to be unlocked and contract free would I always need to contact T-Mobile or visit a Apple store? I thought it was just a matter of REMOVING the T-Mobile sim and inserting my sim and all set.

    Any insights? Thank you!!!
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    If the phone is unlocked then the phone is unlocked. You should be able to swap sims.
     
  3. Carlanga macrumors 604

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  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Correct. If you have no need for T-Mobile then just toss the sim card. Then just put whatever sim card you want in there.

    The only reason they sell them with T-Mobile sim cards is to give T-Mobile customers a sim card when they purchase their phone without having to go to a T-Mobile store to get one.
     
  5. skimcpip macrumors regular

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    The same small print also says this: If you buy iPhone for T-Mobile, it will arrive with a nano-SIM card already installed that you can activate by visiting an Apple Retail Store or a T-Mobile store or by calling T-Mobile. When you travel internationally, you can use a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5s from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone 5s model is A1533 (GSM). For details on LTE support, see www.apple.com/iphone/LTE.
     
  6. Abs_p macrumors 6502a

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    This. Just get the sim free one.
     
  7. insoc thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree BUT apple.com won't be selling sim free 5S iPhones, only unlocked ones with the T-Mobile sim included.

    But from reading the other posts, I understand that it would just be a matter of removing the T-Mobile sim and inserting my sim.

    I guess the fine print saying that customer should visit the apple store or T-Mobile store to activate the iPhone is only applicable if I would like to contract the service with T-Mobile, right?
     
  8. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    yes. the sim is included for convenience only, because Apple doesn't activate phones for tmobile, so they just give you a sim and tell you to call tmobile to get your shiny new toy going. but if you dont want tmobile, take out the sim and be done with it.
     

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