Carrier Will an unlocked iPhone 6 from Apple Store work on Boost or Virgin?

albertfallickwa

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If I buy an unlocked iPHone 6 from the Apple Store, can I put it on Virgin or Boost?
 

mchart

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Yes.

Keep in mind though that the normal unlocked model doesn't have as good GSM carrier support here in the states. So if you get that one to use with boost/virgin/sprint if you ever want to use T-Mobile or a different GSM carrier it won't work very good.
 
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comics addict

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Yes.

Keep in mind though that the normal unlocked model doesn't have as good GSM carrier support here in the states. So if you get that one to use with boost/virgin/sprint if you ever want to use T-Mobile or a different GSM carrier it won't work very good.
If the one he orders is indeed the unlocked iPhone 6 model (A1586) from Apple it will work with any gsm or cdma carrier in the U.S. as well as other compatible carriers worldwide.
 

mchart

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If the one he orders is indeed the unlocked iPhone 6 model (A1586) from Apple it will work with any gsm or cdma carrier in the U.S. as well as other compatible carriers worldwide.
It will work but not at full LTE speeds for ATT, and T-Mobile. This is why they have the different model.
 

RadioGaGa1984

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It will work but not at full LTE speeds for ATT, and T-Mobile. This is why they have the different model.
Complete rubbish. The A1586/A1524(plus) has all the bands the Att and T-Mobile models plus additional
 
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bgdrew

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Virgin Mobile USA will not let you bring your own device to their service.
 

msp3

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Yeah you can, the "Apple unlocked" model is just the Sprint model not locked to Sprint. But why would you do that when you can get a Boost model (not Virgin) at $100 less then anywhere else and they'll unlock it after you use it after a year?
 

lakaiordie

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It will work but not at full LTE speeds for ATT, and T-Mobile. This is why they have the different model.
The bands are the same. theres no performance difference. The unlocked model actually has a few more bands for overseas. You're giving false information

Cellular and Wireless
  • Model A1549 (GSM)*
  • Model A1522 (GSM)*
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
  • Model A1549 (CDMA)*
  • Model A1522 (CDMA)*
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
  • Model A1586*
  • Model A1524*
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
  • TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
 
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Toshnyoko

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If I buy an unlocked iPHone 6 from the Apple Store, can I put it on Virgin or Boost?
it should.
but my advice to you...chose VM over BM.
it's almost saying "pick your poison", but whatever you do don't go with Boost.
Their customer service is HORRIBLE!
FYI-I've dealt with both carriers.
 
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