What is an unlocked iPhone?

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  1. cammyg123 macrumors regular

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    My question is what is an unlocked iPhone?

    How does it work?

    Thanks :D
     
  2. vietalogy macrumors 6502

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    Normally carriers lock their phone to their own network. So if the phone is unlocked then the phone can be used on any network. Mostly counts towards GSM networks like at&t and t-mobile in the USA.
     
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Same as any other unlocked device: SIM is not restricted to one carrier.
     
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Unlocked = unshackled from a single cellular provider.

    Can u imaging choosing a vendor to sell u electricity? Kinda like that.

    U can divorce from Ma Bell if u want to.
     
  5. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    I haven't heard it called that in quite a while :D

    Yes, unlocked means you can hitch your buggy/cart to any pony you want.
     
  6. cammyg123 thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Yes.

    That's what people here say using an iPhone as an iPod.

    But u can do that with a locked phone too. The locking just means every time, when and u do get on the cellular, you have to pay cellular vendor X, but you are not forced to use electricity if u don't want to.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, but if you want to use it as a phone you will need to purchase wireless service from any gsm carrier.
     
  9. cammyg123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do you get the phone with these settings? And how much do you think it'll cost?
     
  10. solosdk macrumors regular

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    "Use a phone with these settings" doesn't make sense.

    Just don't put a sim in it, simple as!

    What will it cost to put no sim in :confused:
     
  11. cammyg123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How much does it cost to buy an iPhone but to use it as an iPod with no contract nor carrier?

    That's all.
     
  12. solosdk macrumors regular

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    It depends where you live.

    I would buy the phone from ebay, can get pretty good deals if you look hard enough
     
  13. cammyg123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks a lot :D
     
  14. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    The full price device only no contract prices are listed below:

    iPhone 5s
    iPhone 5s 16GB $649
    iPhone 5s 32GB $749
    iPhone 5s 64GB $849

    iPhone 5c
    iPhone 5c 16GB $549
    iPhone 5c 32GB $649
     
  15. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Are you asking this because you're a developer as your signature indicates?
     
  16. cammyg123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, but I guess that could be one way to use it! I just love the size and the look of the iPhone but don't really need the actual data and stuff. And I mostly use the developers license for doing things on Mac OS X
     
  17. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Unless bought used, that's one expensive iPod.

    Oh well, your wallet.
     
  18. cammyg123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think I'll look for a good deal online. Used is fine for me though.
     

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