Purchasing an unlocked iPhone
I currently own an iPhone 4s that will still be under contract when the new iPhone is released this fall. I'd like to purchase the new iPhone out of contract. Rather than purchase an AT&T sim-locked iPhone, I feel like it would make sense just to buy an unlocked iPhone from Apple and put my AT&T SIM card in it.
My questions are:
1. Does Apple typically have unlocked iPhones for sale at launch?
2. Assuming they do not have unlocked iPhones for sale at launch: If I were to purchase a new iPhone from AT&T at full retail, would AT&T unlock it as there is no contract associated with that phone?
- 07-12-2012, 02:50 PM #2
- 07-12-2012, 02:56 PM #3
- 07-12-2012, 03:34 PM #4
- 07-12-2012, 07:06 PM #5
2) Yes, if you pay full retail for the iPhone, AT&T will unlock it for you. This is how I got my iPhone 4 unlocked by them.
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- 07-30-2012, 07:26 AM #6
You wont get an unlocked iPhone for a while after it's initial release...and if memory serves me correctly, AT&T will not sell an out of contract phone to you on release day, you have to pay for the phone with an "early upgrade" price and then break the contract and pay the contract termination fee...after all is said and done, you'll probably end up spending more than an unlocked iPhone would cost doing it this way (which is the point i believe from the carrier).
- 07-31-2012, 04:21 AM #7
450$ of hardware credit... and not even one year, perhaps even a lot less, since you bought it... I don't know about USA precisely, but here in Canada you'd be looking at 300$ of prorata and probably no discount at all upon buying the newest one. In any case, they'll never take 300$ off it, that's for sure. I think I would import it from here if I were you, we do get them on launch date usually, and even paying border customs and delivery I think it would cost you less.
- 08-07-2012, 11:59 PM #8
- 08-08-2012, 06:18 AM #9