1. MzDee's Avatar
    Does the iphone 5S from best buy come unlocked when you purchase it without a contract or can you only get them from the apple store unlocked?
    11-05-2013 05:26 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    If it's purchased at full price it should be unlocked or quickly be unlocked by the carrier.
    11-05-2013 05:34 PM
  3. anon6040766's Avatar
    Does the iphone 5S from best buy come unlocked when you purchase it without a contract or can you only get them from the apple store unlocked?
    Supposedly, no store including Apple or Best Buy are allowed to sell an iPhone 5s even at full retail without it being activated on a carrier plan, period.


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    11-05-2013 05:58 PM
  4. MzDee's Avatar
    Supposedly, no store including Apple or Best Buy are allowed to sell an iPhone 5s even at full retail without it being activated on a carrier plan, period.


    Sent from my iPhone 5s on Verizon from Philly iMore
    Well that's definitely not true. I just got an iphone 5S last Friday at full retail from best buy and it was not activated on any carrier plan.
    11-05-2013 06:03 PM
  5. ame's Avatar
    Supposedly, no store including Apple or Best Buy are allowed to sell an iPhone 5s even at full retail without it being activated on a carrier plan, period.
    Check your source on that. You can purchase it at full retail from anyone selling it.
    tuffy100 likes this.
    11-05-2013 07:55 PM
  6. aue123's Avatar
    i attempted to buy it at full price at best buy and the guy told me "No" he was the manager or something.. So I took advantage of the -$100 if you bring in an old phone, activated an additional line Paid $112 and some change out the door, the following day I went to verizon told them I wanted to cancel the line and eat the Early Term fee of $350. you have 3 days to cancel the line and refund the $35-40 activation fee. So all in all i paid $462 and change for brand new 5S
    EmceeGeek likes this.
    11-05-2013 09:43 PM
  7. nikkisharif's Avatar
    My launch day Verizon 5S that I got from Best Buy on contract is unlocked. Not sure if that was something they did at launch or if it's ongoing but my phone is definitely unlocked....I've used it with a few other SIM cards & was able to get LTE too


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    11-06-2013 12:55 AM
  8. MzDee's Avatar
    For some reason when I tried to request an unlock from AT&T for my phone bought at full retail from best buy a message popped up right after I typed in the IMEI saying "currently this device cannot be unlocked."
    11-06-2013 02:41 AM
  9. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    Usually Best Buy stores don't let you buy any phones at full retail. I've heard of it happening plenty of times for many phones, not just the iPhone. When I called around release day and asked a store if I could buy it at retail they said no.

    I took advantage of the -$100 if you bring in an old phone, activated an additional line Paid $112 and some change out the door, the following day I went to verizon told them I wanted to cancel the line and eat the Early Term fee of $350. you have 3 days to cancel the line and refund the $35-40 activation fee. So all in all i paid $462 and change for brand new 5S
    I have done this before with AT&T but I think now they request the phone back. Lol
    11-06-2013 08:37 AM
  10. Xm_jdm's Avatar
    Usually Best Buy stores don't let you buy any phones at full retail. I've heard of it happening plenty of times for many phones, not just the iPhone. When I called around release day and asked a store if I could buy it at retail they said no.



    I have done this before with AT&T but I think now they request the phone back. Lol
    They have full price amounts on every phone they sell. I have, in the past, bought 2-3 phones off contract from them. Never an issue. One of them was an iPhone and it was still locked to the carrier. Unless it is a T-Mobile/SIM free model (which they do not sell), then it's going to be locked. And if it's an AT&T model then good luck with finding alternate routes to get it unlocked (besides AT&T). AT&T has made it very difficult now for third party unlockers. For the few that claim they can still unlock, charge in excess of 100+ dollars.
    11-06-2013 12:26 PM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    They have full price amounts on every phone they sell. I have, in the past, bought 2-3 phones off contract from them. Never an issue. One of them was an iPhone and it was still locked to the carrier. Unless it is a T-Mobile/SIM free model (which they do not sell), then it's going to be locked. And if it's an AT&T model then good luck with finding alternate routes to get it unlocked (besides AT&T). AT&T has made it very difficult now for third party unlockers. For the few that claim they can still unlock, charge in excess of 100+ dollars.
    If you pay full price you can get it unlocked via ATT, so no need for a third party unlocker.
    11-06-2013 05:39 PM
  12. MzDee's Avatar
    If you pay full price you can get it unlocked via ATT, so no need for a third party unlocker.
    Do you happen to know if you have to wait a certain number of days from when you purchased it before they will unlock it for you? I got mine last Friday. Went to request an unlock and was told currently it couldn't be unlocked at this time.
    11-06-2013 06:03 PM
  13. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    For some reason when I tried to request an unlock from AT&T for my phone bought at full retail from best buy a message popped up right after I typed in the IMEI saying "currently this device cannot be unlocked."
    The phone should already be unlocked when it's purchased at full price. This happens at the Apple Store. Once it's scanned at full retail, connecting to iTunes shows it's unlocked. Whether you buy it with a sim inside or not.

    I don't know if this is the case for Best Buy. If I were you, I'd do a quick backup of your phone on iTunes, hit the restore button and see if you get a message that pops up before you restore the backup. It's quite possible it's already unlocked.
    11-07-2013 01:44 AM
  14. tuffy100's Avatar
    i attempted to buy it at full price at best buy and the guy told me "No" he was the manager or something.. So I took advantage of the -$100 if you bring in an old phone, activated an additional line Paid $112 and some change out the door, the following day I went to verizon told them I wanted to cancel the line and eat the Early Term fee of $350. you have 3 days to cancel the line and refund the $35-40 activation fee. So all in all i paid $462 and change for brand new 5S
    I used to work at best buy mobile. We had this policy for the iPhone 5 as well. It was simply due to limited stock of the device - we didn't want to sell out to people buying retail when we made more notional margin on the phone if it was activated to an existing or new line.


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    11-07-2013 04:25 AM
  15. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    Well that's definitely not true. I just got an iphone 5S last Friday at full retail from best buy and it was not activated on any carrier plan.
    Full retail at Best Buy is expensive, how much did you pay for your phone?
    11-07-2013 10:52 AM
  16. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    Carrier doesn't have to unlock it, entirely up to their policy ... AT&T unlocked mine when I purchased at full retail from them however it took several calls and a online chat to accomplish this.
    11-07-2013 10:59 AM
  17. MzDee's Avatar
    Full retail at Best Buy is expensive, how much did you pay for your phone?
    752 altogether with tax. 16GB. It was a gift from a friend.
    11-07-2013 11:00 AM
  18. MzDee's Avatar
    Carrier doesn't have to unlock it, entirely up to their policy ... AT&T unlocked mine when I purchased at full retail from them however it took several calls and a online chat to accomplish this.
    The AT&T stores around here all told me they don't sell the iphone off contract.
    11-07-2013 11:02 AM
  19. jsntrenkler's Avatar
    The AT&T stores around here all told me they don't sell the iphone off contract.
    Are they corporate stores or authorized retailers? The corporate stores are supposed to sell them at full retail. I bought mine from a corporate store on launch day for full retail.
    11-07-2013 11:04 AM
  20. MzDee's Avatar
    Are they corporate stores or authorized retailers? The corporate stores are supposed to sell them at full retail. I bought mine from a corporate store on launch day for full retail.
    It was a corporate store. Best buy was the only option. They were the only ones who had them in stock and there's no apple store near me.
    11-07-2013 11:14 AM
  21. LordLugard's Avatar
    My launch day Verizon 5S that I got from Best Buy on contract is unlocked. Not sure if that was something they did at launch or if it's ongoing but my phone is definitely unlocked....I've used it with a few other SIM cards & was able to get LTE too


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    All Verizon iPhone 5s are GSM unlocked by default due to a requirement they made with the FCC when they divested spectrum a while back. Anyone looking for an unlocked 5s without any of the grief about hunting for unlocks should just set their sights on the Verizon models.
    11-08-2013 07:55 AM
  22. sunnysideup22125's Avatar
    For some reason when I tried to request an unlock from AT&T for my phone bought at full retail from best buy a message popped up right after I typed in the IMEI saying "currently this device cannot be unlocked."
    Get online and do the online chat. That's how I got my moms iphone 5 unlocked.


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    11-08-2013 09:19 AM
  23. prash07's Avatar
    Get online and do the online chat. That's how I got my moms iphone 5 unlocked.


    sunnysideup : i have same problem i brought an iphone 5s from best buy at full retail around 750 usd but when i tried putting sim card it wont accept then i contacted apple they told it is linked to At&t when i contacted At&t they told this device doesnt have any contract with us. what shall i do now they are sending me here there everywhere without any solution.
    04-25-2014 03:09 AM
  24. nyry's Avatar
    Yes. Get the Verizon Version as it has all the radios (GSM,and CDMA) and is the only version that comes unlocked out of the box.


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    05-21-2014 02:56 AM
  25. nyry's Avatar
    Get online and do the online chat. That's how I got my moms iphone 5 unlocked.


    sunnysideup : i have same problem i brought an iphone 5s from best buy at full retail around 750 usd but when i tried putting sim card it wont accept then i contacted apple they told it is linked to At&t when i contacted At&t they told this device doesnt have any contract with us. what shall i do now they are sending me here there everywhere without any solution.
    Right here buddy:

    https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/

    Thats the site you need to request the device to be unlocked by att.


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    05-21-2014 02:57 AM

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