Why the unlocked iphone 4s

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by coolweirdo, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. coolweirdo macrumors regular

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    Ok so im here debating why should i get the unlocked iphone 4s, truth is i dont really have too much knowledge on the benefits so im coming to my fellow macrumors family for help.


    1) what are the perks for getting the iphone 4s

    2) do att have prepaid/month to month plans for the iphone

    3) can i feel free to use this with verizon sprint and att and any other carrier

    4) if your getting the iphone 4s unlocked what are your reasons
     
  2. CerealKillers macrumors member

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    1. 4S has Siri and a lot of improved hardware specs like the A5 chip.
    2. On AT&T you have to buy an individual or family plan to have the iPhone.
    3. The unlocked iPhone will only work with GSM, so you could really only use it on T-mobile. The unlocked phone will not work with Verizon or Sprint.
    4. I'm not getting it because I'm with Sprint and there would be no point.
     
  3. SirStrumalot macrumors 6502

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    1. What do you mean by the perks of a 4S exactly? It's a great phone! Anything in particular you were looking for here? Fast phone, great OS, great camera etc..
    2. AT&T does not have month-to-month plans for the iPhone specifically. However, if you purchase a phone off-contract, you can use it with a pay-as-you-go plan and AT&T can't really do anything about it.
    3. If you buy a GSM unlocked AT&T iPhone, it will not work on CDMA networks such as Sprint/Verizon.
    4. I got an unlocked phone because I travel quite extensively and do not want to pay AT&T's exorbitant roaming charges. An unlocked phone works perfectly for me since I can buy a local sim card and pop it in. To a lesser extent, an unlocked phone also has a significantly higher resale value.
     
  4. coolweirdo thread starter macrumors regular

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    do att pay as you go subscribers benefits from the super fast data speeds provided due to hspa+ provided with the iphone 4s
     
  5. sevimli macrumors 6502a

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    WHY? I mean as long as it has a good ESN why it's not gonna work?:eek:
     
  6. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    1) no contract required

    2) you can chose any prepaid GSM card

    3) if you pay FULL price mostly you will realize ho much money you are spending for the Phone + monthly plan (compared people who get with $199 subsidy plan including me :p )

    4) no hassle when you travel abroad

    5) lots of flexibility
     
  7. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    In the US, you don't have a lot of choices for service with an unlocked iPhone. If you want full functionality, e.g. 3G data speeds, visual voicemail, etc. - you have to use AT&T. And, AT&T charges you the same rate whether you're on a contract or not.

    The one area where having an unlocked iPhone is a definite advantage is if you frequently travel overseas. With an unlocked phone, you can pop in a prepaid SIM in almost any country and use your phone.

    If you aren't one of the jetset, take the subsidy - you'll pay the same price per month to AT&T whether you do or don't, so you may as well save the money.
     
  8. CerealKillers macrumors member

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    I'm not exactly sure as to why but on Apple's website under the unlocked iPhone, it has a disclaimer that the unlocked iPhone 4S will not work with either Verizon or Sprint.
     
  9. coolweirdo thread starter macrumors regular

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    so if i get the factory unlocked i phone 4s and get the Att prepaid plan for $50 will i get the great data speeds as someone on contract
     
  10. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    yes, mostly you might be paying more or less depends on your location
     
  11. coolweirdo thread starter macrumors regular

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    i see att has a $50 unlimited plan and it includes data

    but it says on eligible phones, this sound to good to be true
     
  12. Charcoalwerks macrumors regular

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    There are ways to make that work with an iPhone.
     
  13. vertigomhs macrumors member

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    or you could get h2o wireless, which is still ATTs network, for 60 dollars a month, unlimited everything.
     
  14. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    how about straight talk plans guys?
     
  15. coolweirdo thread starter macrumors regular

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    and what ways are that?

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    i dont know if this is true but i heard that straight talk dont get the full speeds from att data.

    all i wanna know is do att prepaid data get the same great speed as regular contract customers on att since the iphone 4s supports hspa+
     

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