Carrier Will T-Mobile Unlocked 5s work outside the US?

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  1. FIVE86 macrumors member

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    On the Apple Online Store they have the unlocked iPhone 5c in two options T-Mobile Unlocked and Sim-Free. I'm assuming the sim-free one will work with local carriers when I am abroad.

    But for the iPhone 5s they have only one option, unlocked T-Mobile. It will ship with a T-Mobile sim card and there is no Sim-Free option. If I purchase the T-Mobile unlocked on September 20th will I be able to use it with local carriers abroad. I travel a lot therefore I need an iPhone that works with local carriers when I move from country to country.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. yeah, Sep 12, 2013
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    T-Mobile will offer the GSM versions of the 5S and 5C.

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  3. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    I'm getting 3 5s with tmobile. Getting employee plans but gotta pay for phone outright. So there's about 2000 right there....then the tmobile ipad 5, about 3 grand lol
     
  4. FIVE86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Activation

    If I buy the unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 5s from the online apple store and swap the t-mobile sim with another country's sim card. Will it activate out of the box?
     
  5. yeah macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, since it is unlocked.
     
  6. FIVE86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you :) :)
     
  7. FIVE86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Sim-Free

    Any idea why there is no Sim-Free option for the iPhone 5S?
     
  8. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    The unlocked T-Mobile option is the exact SAME as the Sim-Free option except it just comes with a T-Mobile sim card. If you have no need for T-Mobile then just toss the sim card. The phone is unlocked.

    Traditionally in the US, Apple has chosen not to offer the unlocked iPhone until a couple of months after launch, most likely to push as many sales through the carriers as possible. T-Mobile now offering the iPhone has made it so that this is the first launch where an unlocked iPhone can be purchased Day 1.
     
  9. 617aircav Suspended

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    Huh
     
  10. FIVE86 thread starter macrumors member

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    lol...ignore :p
     
  11. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Doesn't the sim free version have a different model number than the unlocked T-mobile version though? I believe I read that somewhere on Apple's web page.

    I may be completely wrong, but I had heard the sim free version will be compatible with more overseas LTE networks.
     
  12. FIVE86 thread starter macrumors member

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    found something


    So I found this on their site:

    Purchasing an unlocked iPhone means you will not qualify for the lower iPhone price associated with a contract. The unlocked iPhone 5c model is A1532 (GSM). The unlocked iPhone 5s model is A1533 (GSM).

    And under where the Unlocked and Contract free model it says:

    If you buy iPhone for T-Mobile, it will arrive with a nano-SIM card already installed that you can activate by visiting an Apple Retail Store or a T-Mobile store or by calling T-Mobile. When you travel internationally, you can use a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5s from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone 5s model is A1533 (GSM).

    From that I assume that the T-Mobile Unlocked and contract free is A1533 which matches what I found previously.

    So yeah I think this confirmed what CEmajr said ^ :)
     

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