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Will an unlocked iPhone with a TMobile sim work normally?

If I were to obtain an official, factory-unlocked iPhone 5, and insert the pay-as-you-go TMobile micro-SIM I currently use in another phone, can I assume the iPhone will work exactly as if I'd obtained it on a contract? I'm specifically interested in Facetime and in free iMessaging between iPhones. [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Jan 20, 2014 - 9 answers

 

Find me cheap month-to-month or prepaid cellphone plans!

I recently came back from Japan. I will be staying in Cleveland, Ohio for the next few months and need a cheap-ish smartphone but would not like to lock into a contract. Month-to-Month or prepaid seem to be the only viable options, but the only one I really know about is T-Mobile. Are there any better options? [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Aug 29, 2013 - 16 answers

Unlocked Phone Options.

My contract for my current phone is up in April. Ideally I'd love to get a Nexus 4, unlocked and then use a Straight Talk sim for service. But the Nexus 4 is out of stock, so my question is, what is the best currently available Android phone that is unlocked and will take a Straight Talk SIM?
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Tmobile android phone recommendations

Jumping into smartphone world for the first time.…..i) I would like advice on an android phone that works on T-mobile 4G for email/websurfing/productivity. ii) Would also like advice on buying used phones in general. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Dec 27, 2012 - 7 answers

In which I reveal my ignorance about the cell phone landscape...

My husband has a phone I'd like to replace as a gift for him, and I want to be sure I understand what I'm getting into. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Need a cheap cell phone

Shopping for a cell phone - new unlocked GSM or t-mobile android smart phone, good camera (at least 5 MP), respectable battery life and under $200 without a plan (ebay ok). Any recommendations?
posted by roaring beast on Nov 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me ditch my dumb-phone.

New to smartphones; want to buy an unlocked, preferably quadband phone. Advice? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Sep 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Want iphone carrier suggestions

I got an IPhone so that I can play games while at dialysis to pass the time with. I chose AT&T because GSM network friendly phone can be unlocked and used on ANY GSM network carriers. I got mine unlocked and currently using a Simple Mobile plan which gives unlimited voice/text/data for only $40. A Verizon unlocked Iphone can only be used with international GSM networks (see this link explaining that: GSM Iphone vs CDMA. So that was the reasoning on choosing ATT. My unexpected dilemma is GSM (ATT, TMobile, Simple) does not work at my dialysis center. And I get spotty signal at work depending what part of the building I am in. So I just don't get calls when at dialysis or work. I have to forward the calls to my work phone. [more inside]
posted by udon on Sep 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Have Superphone, Will Travel

I bought a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and an unlimited pay-as-you-go plan. Ummm. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 31, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I bring my own iPhone to a US carrier?

I have a legally unlocked GSM iPhone 4 from Europe and will be moving back to the states soon for the foreseeable future. Since I don't need to trade the next year or two of my life for a hardware subsidy and am not bound to any company already, what is my best carrier choice for a data plan with modest talk use? Does having my own phone free and clear give me any extra options I wouldn't have otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Schismatic on May 31, 2012 - 21 answers

lost iphone, how to buy unlocked?

Wife lost here Verizon Iphone 4, can we buy a cheaper refurb, unlocked 3gs and get it going w/Verizon, and how? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Android noob seeks new phone

Should I get an unlocked Android instead of a dumbphone? If so, any tips on things to consider when buying a Android phone for a smartphone noob? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Dec 14, 2011 - 8 answers

No more hacktivation for me... I'm going straight

How do I copy the contents of my unlocked and jailbroken iPhone 3G to my new iPhone 4S? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace on Oct 8, 2011 - 2 answers

How to convince my Kazakh student that her unlocked iPhone will work in Kazakhstan

Do you know anything about Kazakhstan, or how to say "the phone is already unlocked" in Russian? How about using an iPhone in Kazakhstan? Please help me reassure my extremely skeptical Kazakh student that her new, unlocked phone will work at home -- huge bonus points if you can do it in Russian (or Kazakh)! [more inside]
posted by amtho on Sep 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Are there options for data-only plans for factory unlocked iPhone?

I want to get an iPhone primarily as a portable computer/GPS/camera, and sometimes if someone wants to Skype me, that would be okay too. I am uninterested in getting tied down to a voice plan for what sounds like an eternity. Thus, with the option to get an unlocked phone from the Apple Store, what are my options for data-only plans? AT&T seems to be the best data provider where I live (in the Upper CT River Valley of NH), so I found their list of plans at http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/services/services-list.jsp?wtSlotClick=1-0060AL-0-2&catId=cat2510038&catName=Data+%26+Internet&_requestid=237492 . Most of these are GSM plans but as a newb I'm concerned about the list of acceptible phones for each plan. Is there any reason these won't work with an unlocked GSM iPhone?
posted by Opa-Opa on Jun 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Achievement Armlocked!

RewardFilter: Inspired by the recent Habit Judo hoo-ha, what are novel and interesting ways to reward yourself ? [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos on May 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Will an international unlocked smartphone work with Fido? Which one to buy?

A two-parter on smartphones: 1. Can I buy an unlocked smartphone on Amazon and use it with Fido? 2. Help an iphone user pick a non-iphone smartphone. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Feb 8, 2011 - 2 answers

There WAS an app for that

How come Foursquare (and a few other apps) disappeared from my iPhone 3G after it was jailbroken, and can I get them back? [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Upgrade a slow Iphone?

I recently bought an unlocked iphone 3g off of ebay. I use it on Tmobile. It's jailbroken and is running ios4.0. Like many upgraded 3g phones it's really slow. If I upgrade to the new ios4.1 and it goes back to a locked unjailbroken state, how safe and easy would it be to get it unlocked again? Could I do this myself?
posted by yfatah on Sep 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I buy a factory unlocked iPhone?

Should I buy an unlocked iPhone or remain indentured? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk on Aug 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Looking for an unlocked copy of the 911 commission report

I'm looking for a pdf file of the 911 commission report that is unlocked so I can copy and paste the text into other applications. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Mar 3, 2010 - 6 answers

A little unlocked Iphone advice please

I am in Hong Kong at the moment and considering getting a new Iphone that will be unlocked. My plan is to bring it back to the states and use it with my provider T-mobile. Can anyone tell me if I will encounter any problems or if this is easy as pie. I am hoping I just need to put in my sim card and go. Hive? What say you?
posted by citybuddha on Feb 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Buying Used Phone Quandry

Can a phone used with AT&T as a service provider then be used with T-Mobile? What does unlocked even mean? [more inside]
posted by readery on Dec 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Carrier unbranded smartphone under $200?

I'm upgrading from a Treo 600. Any suggestion on a good unlocked smartphone under $200 without carrier branding? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld on Aug 29, 2009 - 14 answers

My iPhone is on strike... help!

Help! My iPhone has decided to not connect to any cell-phone network. [more inside]
posted by ComeUndone on Jun 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Best practices for buying an unlocked HTC Magic

I want an HTC Magic, badly. T-Mobile is sitting on it for probably the rest of the summer in order to prevent cannibalizing G1 sales. But I know they're for sale by Vodafone and Rogers will be shipping them in the next couple of weeks. What are the best practices for buying an unlocked cellphone? [more inside]
posted by Plutor on May 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Where can I buy a cheap unlocked 900/1800 GSM mobile phone in Manhattan?

Where can I buy a cheap unlocked GSM 900/1800 mobile phone (one that will work in Europe with prepaid SIM cards) in Manhattan? I'm looking to spend less than $50, if such a thing is possible.
posted by enoent on Apr 24, 2009 - 12 answers

Is it safe to restore an iPhone unlocked with AnySIM?

Is it safe to restore an iPhone unlocked with AnySIM? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Feb 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Can a Paddy buy the Nokia7500Prism?

If my Irish friend orders the Nokia 7500 Prism from the UK, will it be unlocked when he gets it? [more inside]
posted by Wilder on Dec 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Where can one buy an unlocked GSM phone in Manhattan?

Where can one buy an unlocked GSM phone in Manhattan? Not smartphones or iphones, but common phones like a RAZR for example.
posted by falameufilho on Dec 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Can I do what I want with a new cellphone or would unlocking be necessary/possible?

Cellphone Filter: Will unlocking a cellphone give you access to features that the service provider disables? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Aug 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Can I use an unlocked V3 RAZR with Verizon Wireless?

I'm a customer of Verizon Wireless in New Jersey. If I purchase an "unlocked", refurbished Motorola V3 RAZR can I use it with my current Verizon service/phone #? [more inside]
posted by de void on Jul 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Can I finally get an unlocked cellphone?

Is an unlocked smartphone right for me? Or should I wait til my contract lapses? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Jul 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Why are cell phones so cheap on ebay?

Why are the phones on ebay so cheap? I can't see where the profit comes from. [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on Apr 9, 2007 - 13 answers

Unlocking phones..? Give me the key!

Help me find a Sony Ericsson K790a or K550i and figure out how unlocked phones work with US service providers, pretty please! [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Feb 18, 2007 - 13 answers

Where can I buy an unlocked GSM cell phone in the US?

What are some reputable sources in the United States for an unlocked GSM cell phone? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Jul 8, 2005 - 9 answers

Buying SIM-free cell phones

Anyone have any recommendations on a good place to buy cell phones? [more inside]
posted by mrg on Jun 19, 2005 - 7 answers

Looking for a close shave with a new Razr

I'd like to get a new Motorola Razr. But I have questions regarding my existing account, unlocked phones, etc. [more inside]
posted by o2b on Apr 19, 2005 - 10 answers

What does "unlocked" mean when referring to a cell phone?

Cell phone(s): Can anyone tell me what "unlocked" means when referring to a cell phone? I see this on eBay quite a bit.
posted by johnj on Feb 2, 2005 - 8 answers

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