What is the difference between an unlocked iPhone 5 v/s a T-Mobile iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ET iPhone Home, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

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    What is the difference between an unlocked iPhone 5 v/s a T-Mobile iPhone 5 when purchasing directly from The Apple Store? Aren't they both unlocked and the same identical phone?
     
  2. darricksailo macrumors 601

    darricksailo

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    If you bought a new one starting April 12 they are the same thing except unlocked, otherwise the T-Mobile iPhone 5 has AWS 3G support (1700/2100)
     
  3. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    If you are buying an unlocked iPhone 5, you should buy the T-Mobile version. It is the only one guaranteed to support AWS. Apple hasn't replaced the regular unlocked iPhones with the new variant as of yet. My guess is within the next month there will be no difference except the pre-installed SIM in the T-Mobile version.
     

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