When I go to the Apple Retail Store, will I be able to buy the iP5 outright?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fsolano, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. fsolano macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Just like the title says, Will I be able to buy an iP5 on the 21st at my apple retail store outright without getting a plan for either of the 3 carriers in the US? Thanks.

  2. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    Well nobody knows until next Friday but based on last year, you should expect the worst. That you will have to pick a carrier and the iPhone 5 would be locked to the Carrier according to Apple.

    However, as it turned out only the Sprint / Verizon units were carrier locked. Depending on how the rep processed your checkout for the AT&T version, you could end up with an unlocked GSM Worldphone. There was a very long thread here on MacRumors. Note that the experience was not consistent at every Apple store.

    Note: You could not ask for an Unlocked iPhone "SIM Free", they were not available at launch. All the stock had a carrier SIM, yes even the Verizon and Sprint ones ( to support international roaming ).

  3. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    The word outright bothers me for some reason.

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