(Closed) Unlocked iPhone plans in America?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Technically speaking, AT&T (right? isn’t it AT&T?) has an exclusive agreement with Apple for use of iPhones, but I too have been wondering about unlocking one for use (I live in Asia too, and am moving back in July), because I’ve heard their coverage isn’t great. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I will ask my brother for you. He’s in the cellular business.

The one thing I’m not sure about is if your oversea iPhone will work here. For example, not all phones that work in the US will work overseas because they are incompatiable with the oversea network. So I’m not sure if the same is true for iPhone? I think you should be OK because I remember when FI’s cousin went overseas all she had to do was change her plan.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can go the ebay route and purchase an unlocked iphone off there and plug any providers sim card into it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I’m not 100% on this, but I don’t think any Service Provider in the U.S. “allows” the use of unlocked iPhones because of AT&T’s exclusivity contract with Apple.  Rather, you sort of have to do it “under the radar” (get the plan through the provider, tell them you already have a phone, then somehow get the provider’s SIM card to put into your phone – eBay most likely).

Post # 9
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Be careful using an unblocked iphone here. when the iphone first came out a bunch of people were going on ebay to buy unlocked iphones. but as soon as they tried to download an app or something the iphone would freeze and be unusable from then on :/

i’m not sure if that is how it is now with the newer iphones, but i have heard the exclusivity contract with at&t is up after 2010.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Fiance, who is a bit of a geek, not going to lie, recently read an article that this Spring, AT&T’s contract for exclusitivity on the iPhone will be up, and Apple is currently developing one that would work for Verizon and the other companies that operate on a CDMA signal, as opposed to GSM, which AT&T use. So hopefully, the costs of contracts for an iPhone will go down once there is a bit of competition!

Post # 11
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Wannabee

Be cautious using an unblocked i phone here. when the i phone first came out a lot of individuals were going on auction web sites to buy revealed i-phones. but as soon as they tried to obtain an app or something the i phone would lock up and be useless from then on :/

i am not sure if that is how it is now with the more recent i-phones, but i be familiar with the exclusivity agreement with at&t is up after 2010.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Throok89:  Yeah, this post is like two years old so most of the advice, particularly the exclusivity with AT&T part, isn’t accurate anymore.

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