1. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Quick question for you.....

    Is it possible that unlocked iPhone 5s will be available release day? If so, would they be available at the AT&T store or would it be only at Apple stores?


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    06-26-2013 07:16 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Unlocked devices historically come out some time after initial public device releases, and only at Apple stores or online from Apple directly.
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    06-26-2013 07:27 PM
  3. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Unlocked devices historically come out some time after initial public device releases, and only at Apple stores or online from Apple directly.
    I was afraid that I was remembering that correctly.

    How about if a buy full price at AT&T ? Will they unlock it if I buy outright?


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    06-26-2013 08:55 PM
  4. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Folks? Anyone?

    Would I be able to get my iPhone 5s unlocked by AT&T if I buy it there, outright, on release day?
    06-29-2013 08:02 AM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Folks? Anyone?

    Would I be able to get my iPhone 5s unlocked by AT&T if I buy it there, outright, on release day?
    I do not know, but why not take the advice given by kch50428 and buy it outright from Apple, either in store or online when it is released? The device will be unlocked for you.
    06-29-2013 09:13 AM
  6. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I do not know, but why not take the advice given by kch50428 and buy it outright from Apple, either in store or online when it is released? The device will be unlocked for you.
    Oh absolutely.
    I was wondering about the timing. If not available unlocked on release day at Apple would AT&T unlock a "regular" one if asked.
    After skipping the iPhone 5 i'm a bit impatient.

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    06-29-2013 09:52 AM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Oh absolutely.
    I was wondering about the timing. If not available unlocked on release day at Apple would AT&T unlock a "regular" one if asked.
    After skipping the iPhone 5 i'm a bit impatient.

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    I understand, but hey, call up AT&T and ask them if they unlock smartphones that are bought outright.
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    06-29-2013 09:56 AM
  8. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I understand, but hey, call up AT&T and ask them if they unlock smartphones that are bought outright.
    Wow that made just waaaaay too much sense.

    My team mate at work just unlocked his for a trip across Spain, France and Italy and AT&T unlocked his PREVIOUSLY purchased phone.

    I'll call AT&T. I don't want to go in. I'll walk out with an iPhone 5.

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    06-29-2013 10:05 AM
  9. Fausty82's Avatar
    The key difference between buying an unlocked phone (from Apple) and getting a phone unlocked, even by the carrier, is what happens if you meet to get it replaced. If you buy an unlocked phone, Apple will replace it with an unlocked phone. If you get a phone unlocked after the purchase, Apple will replace it with a phone that's locked to your carrier. #beenthere #donethat
    Last edited by Fausty82; 06-29-2013 at 11:27 AM.
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    06-29-2013 10:26 AM
  10. qbnkelt's Avatar
    The key difference between buying an unlocked phone (from Apple) and getting a phone unlocked, even by the carrier, is "what happens if you meet to get it replaced?" If you buy an unlocked phone, Apple will replace it with an unlocked phone. If you get a phone unlocked after the purchase, Apple will replace it with a phone that's locked to your carrier. #beenthere #donethat
    Got it.

    So it boils down to my patience or lack thereof. If unlocked devices are not available on day one from Apple am I willing to wait in case something happens.



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    06-29-2013 10:45 AM
  11. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    If I recall correctly, wasn't the iPhone 5 already unlocked anyway? I could've sworn I heard that somewhere! Or was it that the Verizon version that was unlocked?
    06-29-2013 11:02 PM
  12. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    Wow that made just waaaaay too much sense.

    My team mate at work just unlocked his for a trip across Spain, France and Italy and AT&T unlocked his PREVIOUSLY purchased phone.

    I'll call AT&T. I don't want to go in. I'll walk out with an iPhone 5.

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    Get an iPhone 5 anyway. Worse case scenario you can just sell it for the 5S, and since it would only be a few months old of you having the 5 the cost from the sell you may be able to buy your 5S outright anyway....
    06-29-2013 11:04 PM
  13. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Get an iPhone 5 anyway. Worse case scenario you can just sell it for the 5S, and since it would only be a few months old of you having the 5 the cost from the sell you may be able to buy your 5S outright anyway....
    LOL!!!! You're tempting me, man!!!!!


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    06-30-2013 09:18 AM
  14. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    LOL!!!! You're tempting me, man!!!!!

    I'm serious. Go ahead and jump onto the bandwagon lol. I triple dog dare you.

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    06-30-2013 03:46 PM
  15. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Nah......I know how I am and If I get the 5 I won't want to sell it so I will just end up with two phones!!!!


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    06-30-2013 03:48 PM
  16. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    Nah......I know how I am and If I get the 5 I won't want to sell it so I will just end up with two phones!!!!


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    What's the downside of the argument?
    06-30-2013 05:06 PM
  17. Eileen89's Avatar
    Folks? Anyone?

    Would I be able to get my iPhone 5s unlocked by AT&T if I buy it there, outright, on release day?
    Yes, you would.AT&T will unlock if you paid the full retail value of the new iPhone.
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    07-01-2013 09:04 PM
  18. Eileen89's Avatar
    The key difference between buying an unlocked phone (from Apple) and getting a phone unlocked, even by the carrier, is what happens if you meet to get it replaced. If you buy an unlocked phone, Apple will replace it with an unlocked phone. If you get a phone unlocked after the purchase, Apple will replace it with a phone that's locked to your carrier. #beenthere #donethat
    Fausty, This isn't what I've experienced or been told directly by my local Apple store. I had a Black 4S that was unlocked by AT&T originally as I paid full retail for it. Had problem with it around about the time that the factory unlocked 4S came out. The Apple store rep looked up my number in their data base and could see that it was unlocked. I walked out with a new unlocked 4S. There is a thread somewhere about this same topic over on MacRumors. Members there said they received a unlocked iPhone for one that had either been carrier unlocked or unlocked via a unlocking service on eBay.
    07-01-2013 09:12 PM
  19. Fausty82's Avatar
    Fausty, This isn't what I've experienced or been told directly by my local Apple store. I had a Black 4S that was unlocked by AT&T originally as I paid full retail for it. Had problem with it around about the time that the factory unlocked 4S came out. The Apple store rep looked up my number in their data base and could see that it was unlocked. I walked out with a new unlocked 4S. There is a thread somewhere about this same topic over on MacRumors. Members there said they received a unlocked iPhone for one that had either been carrier unlocked or unlocked via a unlocking service on eBay.
    Well, I am glad to be misinformed about this... my experience was through a friend who bought the iPhone 5 (full price) and had it unlocked at AT&T... when he had issues, Apple told him that they could not replace it with an unlocked phone... guess it varies by location - or, that for some reason, my buddy didn’t get the same treatment... If should work as you described...
    07-01-2013 09:24 PM
  20. Eileen89's Avatar
    Well, I am glad to be misinformed about this... my experience was through a friend who bought the iPhone 5 (full price) and had it unlocked at AT&T... when he had issues, Apple told him that they could not replace it with an unlocked phone... guess it varies by location - or, that for some reason, my buddy didn’t get the same treatment... If should work as you described...
    Was the unlocked iPhone 5 out yet at the time that your buddy was having an issue and needed to have his replaced? If so, he should have gone to another Apple store. I saw the rep looking my numbers up and told me that they knew mine was unlocked. There is absolutely no reason why they wouldn't as you have to go into iTunes in order to complete the unlock process.
    07-01-2013 09:41 PM
  21. Fausty82's Avatar
    Was the unlocked iPhone 5 out yet at the time that your buddy was having an issue and needed to have his replaced? If so, he should have gone to another Apple store. I saw the rep looking my numbers up and told me that they knew mine was unlocked. There is absolutely no reason why they wouldn't as you have to go into iTunes in order to complete the unlock process.
    I’m not sure... it was a while back... but I see your point, and yes, he should have gotten an unlocked phone. Thanks for clarifying.
    07-01-2013 09:59 PM
  22. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I am extremely happy to hear this.

    Now the decision....buy a 16G for a year because next year should be the new design?????? LOL!!!!! There's ALWAYS something!!!!!

    Thank you for all the responses.
    07-07-2013 07:58 AM

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