Where can I buy an unlocked iPhone SE?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bloodypom, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. bloodypom macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2011
    Hi guys

    I live in New Zealand where the iPhone SE 64GB costs over $600, but I'm going to the Los Angeles area for the last two weeks of May so I was planning to pick up an unlocked one while I'm there. But now that I've started looking around at availability it seems like I might be out of luck.

    Apple Stores all seem to be out of stock currently, and you can only order one for pickup with a US credit card which I don't have. I see some stock in some branches of Target, but I think they only sell them with carrier activation (which I don't want). Best Buy appears to sell them but they're currently quoting $599 for an unlocked phone so they've added $100 to the price!?

    Where, other than the Apple Store, can I buy an unlocked iPhone SE?

    It sucks that Apple have constrained availability this bad.
  2. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2015
    Don't forget the 9% sales tax LA charges.

    If you can find one in Best Buy or Target they might do a price match. I've heard people having luck getting them to price match Apple.com. Hopefully supply will catch up by the end of May.
  3. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2015
    I'm sure availability will be fine by the end of May. I've gotten a 16 GB and 64 GB in-store (both unlocked) without much trouble. Just use the online status checker.
  4. bloodypom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2011
    So Target *do* sell them unlocked?
  5. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    No at Target or Best Buy. The SIM-free / unlocked is only available at the Apple store. The chains make their money on the activations the carriers pay them for in-store activations. Only Apple does not care as long as you purchase an iPhone. :)

    Note: Double check your Best Buy search as they should only offer an unlocked iPhone as preowned. o_O

  6. se1000 macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    LA, CA
    Timing is key. I checked a few times a day and found one in store that I went an just picked up. If you've got friends or someone you know, maybe you can have them pick it up early and save it for you.
  7. erure macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    The stock might be in better shape by the time you get here. But yeah you could always try to price match at Best Buy.

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