what does the full price mean ?

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  1. Hippocrates1985 macrumors member

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    what's up guys? In the past if someone want to buy an unlocked iPhone, he/she just goes to the t-mobile section and select the unlocked full price. Is that still available for the iPhone 6S plus ? I only see the full price for the iPhone 6S plus under t-mobile is $949. Does it mean unlocked ? If not, how to get the unlocked one ?

    Thank you
     
  2. Cergman macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the full price T-Mobile phone from Apple is unlocked. You can order the full price version from Verizon and AT&T too and they will be fully unlocked.
     
  3. Hippocrates1985 thread starter macrumors member

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    You are awesome. Thanks my friend
     
  4. Hippocrates1985 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have bad news my friend :-(

    I contacted apple today morning and I asked them about the full price thing and if it's unlocked or not. Here some of their answers:

    "We actually do not have an unlocked model as of yet. The only SIM-Free version we have comes with the Upgrade Program. "

    "It is contract-free, it is not unlocked. The full price is noted if you do decide to purchase it contract free via T-Mobile or the Upgrade Program. "


    Then I asked them that I'm traveling a lot and I need an unlocked iPhone. Here is what they said:



    "You will be able to do that with the Upgrade Program, however, not with the T-Mobile contract free. The T-Mobile is already programmed to that carrier."


    "I understand completely. This is different from any other process we have had. Unfortunately, at this moment, we have no unlocked versions for the iPhone 6S without the program."

    so basically we are stuck with locked iPhone or unlocked one with Apple Program which I'm not interested in :-(


     
  5. CodeSpyder macrumors 6502a

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    If you pay full price for the phone you can request that it be unlocked from the carrier.
     
  6. maxsix Suspended

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    Stopped by my local Apple Store where I have a long time association with a Genius. He quizzed the manager, we were told unlocked phones will eventually be available for all carriers. Just wait for approx six weeks after pre-orders begin then place your order.

    Seems like good timing since by then we'll have enough users reporting, so if there's any big bugs, or hardware issues we'll know to wait till Apple fixes them. Be safe not sorry.
     
  7. Cergman macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty confident the T-Mobile version will be unlocked this year. It's been this way every time in the past and I see no reason to change it. I'm unable to preorder a full price AT&T phone since it requires you to login to your account (I have a business account which isn't supported), and will likely be ordering T-Mobile instead. Also, Apple staff have claimed that the phone is locked even though it is not.
     
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  9. redboxcar macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure why I never thought of this workaround as well, since I'm also slated as an AT&T business customer that's not supported in the Apple Store. Do you think they will offer the Apple Upgrade Program choosing the T-mobile option, and still not require any carrier credentials? (Since I don't actually have a T-Mobile account)
     
  10. Cayden macrumors 6502a

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    Every year apple support has always had mixed responses on whether the full price iPhones are unlocked or not. Some will say it is while others say it isn't. Many in store workers also say it is locked but will watch you activate it in front of them on a different carrier and they aren't surprised. They are all aware of the fact that full price iPhones are unlocked but are required to say they aren't. I believe this year all the full price iPhones will be factory unlocked
     
  11. wxman2003 Suspended

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    If you are unsure, just buy the Verizon model. Verizon phones are unlocked and work fine on T-Mobile and AT&T.
     
  12. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    Not convinced that blog is correct. Apple rep told me full price phones aren't unlocked.
     
  13. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    Unless the apple rep you're referring to is somebody high up at corporate, then I would trust a blog over them.
     
  14. Cergman macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt they would require a T-Mobile account as they haven't in the past. Also if you click on the eligibility checker, there is no option for T-Mobile. Last year I selected T-Mobile and I just went straight to checkout without having to do anything else, and when it arrived I just popped my sim in from my 5s and it worked great.

    For the Apple Upgrade program, I don't even think you can do that online. I think you have to schedule an appointment in store to sort that out, in which case the phone is unlocked and sim free.
     

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  15. flur macrumors 68000

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    I went through the mock pre-order on the Apple website for the Verizon model and did not have to enter any account info for the full-price phone. The process was almost identical to the actual live process that I did two years ago. So my expectation is that account info will not be required, at least for VZ. We'll see if Apple changes anything at pre-order launch.
     
  16. Cergman macrumors 6502a

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    I tried the same thing, but on the 6 page. Since you can't click the continue button, you don't know if it will ask for account information or not. Try it on the 6 page and you'll it asks you for your account.
     
  17. Sketchr, Sep 11, 2015
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    So, this blog indicates that if you purchase the Verizon model by paying in full, you will not receive a SIM card with it. could this be right?

    Will Apple ship my phone with a nano-SIM card?
    No, a nano-SIM card isn’t included when you pay an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 5s in full. But you can get a nano-SIM from any supported carrier worldwide, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint in the United States.
     

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