1. gameson's Avatar
    I am seriously thinking of buying iPhone 6 without contract (full price).

    I understand that when the iPhone 5 or 5S came out first, Apple did not offer the full unlocked version until several months later. I understand several people bought it full price.

    So I am curious, when you bought a full price iPhone 5S when it first comes out (within the first month), how did you get it unlock? Will AT&T (or T Mobile) unlock it for me without question if I provide proof of purchase (copy or fax)?

    Thanks.
    07-26-2014 04:40 PM
  2. nikkisharif's Avatar
    I am seriously thinking of buying iPhone 6 without contract (full price).

    I understand that when the iPhone 5 or 5S came out first, Apple did not offer the full unlocked version until several months later. I understand several people bought it full price.

    So I am curious, when you bought a full price iPhone 5S when it first comes out (within the first month), how did you get it unlock? Will AT&T (or T Mobile) unlock it for me without question if I provide proof of purchase (copy or fax)?

    Thanks.
    I got mine on launch day & it came factory unlocked.
    07-26-2014 04:43 PM
  3. gameson's Avatar
    that's strange. if i understand correctly, apple store (online) did not offer the unlocked version until several months after launch day and when you bought on launch day at the apple store (B&M), if i read correctly at that day, you had to buy under an account (AT&T or T Mobile) and still locked, even if you paid full price?
    07-26-2014 04:49 PM
  4. swarlos's Avatar
    Buy the Verizon version full price as it will come unlocked and you can use it pretty much on any carrier.


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    07-26-2014 04:49 PM
  5. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    If you buy an iPhone from Apple here in the UK they are all unlocked, without exception.

    I got my 4 and 5 on their respective launch days and they were both unlocked. I'll do the same with the 6 too.
    07-26-2014 05:41 PM
  6. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    If you buy an iPhone from Apple no matter if advertised unlocked or for a GSM carrier, it is unlocked when it's paid in full for.
    07-26-2014 07:53 PM
  7. Garz's Avatar
    If you buy an iPhone from Apple no matter if advertised unlocked or for a GSM carrier, it is unlocked when it's paid in full for.
    This is correct
    07-27-2014 01:04 AM
  8. nikkisharif's Avatar
    that's strange. if i understand correctly, apple store (online) did not offer the unlocked version until several months after launch day and when you bought on launch day at the apple store (B&M), if i read correctly at that day, you had to buy under an account (AT&T or T Mobile) and still locked, even if you paid full price?
    I bought the Verizon version from Best Buy off contract and it was fully unlocked. I've never had any issues using it on other carriers, whether I'm in the US or not.
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    07-27-2014 01:18 AM
  9. lui22's Avatar
    Att will let you unlock upto five devices per account and tmobile will unlock devices 30 days after account opening or immidiatly after paid in full i beleive
    07-27-2014 05:22 AM
  10. qbnkelt's Avatar
    This is a very interesting option, buying the Verizon iPhone because it comes unlocked.

    If I go this route, will I get LTE everywhere?
    07-27-2014 06:31 AM
  11. JakePleasants's Avatar
    This is a very interesting option, buying the Verizon iPhone because it comes unlocked.

    If I go this route, will I get LTE everywhere?
    Yes. The Verizon version is definitely the way to go.
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    07-27-2014 01:00 PM
  12. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    This is a very interesting option, buying the Verizon iPhone because it comes unlocked.

    If I go this route, will I get LTE everywhere?
    As a matter of fact even getting it at a subsidized price on Verizon still gives you an unlocked phone.
    07-27-2014 01:29 PM
  13. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    As a matter of fact even getting it at a subsidized price on Verizon still gives you an unlocked phone.
    Unlocked for GDM and LTE but locked to Verizon for CDMA voice in the U.S (i.e., you can't take it to Sprint but ATT and Tmobile would work fine).
    07-27-2014 03:18 PM
  14. OBF's Avatar
    I didn't. I got stuck with Cricket and was screwed for nearly a year because they still had 3G and was promised 4G LTE on their website until recently when I got a new AT&T sim card since they purchased Cricket a while back and I now get AT&T's coverage, 4G LTE and everything.
    07-27-2014 06:41 PM
  15. wbkm85's Avatar
    if you buy full price then get the unlocked version.. easy as that

    don't buy from a carrier
    07-28-2014 03:32 AM
  16. George Jenkinson's Avatar
    I'm in the UK and here you can't buy any iPhone (or iPod, iPad etc) from the online Apple store or shop at any price other than full - even the 4s is still listed at full price. Also, Apple always sell unlocked phones from the first moment they release the phone.

    It's probably only the carriers that offer some sort of discounted (subsidised) rate and possibly unlocked too.

    I'm moving away from buying phones on contract and instead buy them outright (ie from the Apple online store) and just get SIM-only deals from carriers.

    Hope you enjoy the new phone when its out.
    07-28-2014 10:15 AM
  17. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I purchased two iPhone 5s's from Verizon, one at full price and the other on contract and both are factory unlocked. Just checked with Verizon and my Note3 is also factory unlocked.
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    07-28-2014 01:47 PM
  18. nikkisharif's Avatar
    Unlocked for GDM and LTE but locked to Verizon for CDMA voice in the U.S (i.e., you can't take it to Sprint but ATT and Tmobile would work fine).
    I always forget about this because I would never go back to Sprint on purpose LOL. It's like I only consider the three carriers, completely excluding Sprint. I shouldn't assume others feel the same...shame on me. Unfortunately this is what happens when you have bad cell & customer service.
    07-29-2014 12:26 AM
  19. TheRewardisCheese's Avatar
    I always forget about this because I would never go back to Sprint on purpose LOL. It's like I only consider the three carriers, completely excluding Sprint. I shouldn't assume others feel the same...shame on me. Unfortunately this is what happens when you have bad cell & customer service.

    Nikki, I feel exactly the same way with you on this (Sprint service).
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    07-30-2014 04:46 PM
  20. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    After Nikki bought hers from Verizon unlocked last year I think I'll be doing the same this year.
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    07-30-2014 04:55 PM
  21. Cujaflow's Avatar
    Unlocked for GDM and LTE but locked to Verizon for CDMA voice in the U.S (i.e., you can't take it to Sprint but ATT and Tmobile would work fine).
    Sorry for my ignorance, but I always see conflicting information on this subject. So if I get my sprint iPhone 5s unlocked, can i use it on At&t or any other sim based service?

    Thank you
    07-30-2014 05:07 PM
  22. Spencerdl's Avatar
    Sorry for my ignorance, but I always see conflicting information on this subject. So if I get my sprint iPhone 5s unlocked, can i use it on At&t or any other sim based service?

    Thank you
    YES, as well as CDMA carriers also
    07-30-2014 05:26 PM
  23. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    YES, as well as CDMA carriers also
    If it's a phone for Sprint they wouldn't activate it on Verizon if it was unlocked or not.
    07-30-2014 05:28 PM

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