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Good morning. If I may, I would like to offer some of my personal experiences regarding some of the issues you raise: 1. Carrier Locking: My personal experience is that after the 24 month commitment on AT&T, they will unlock your phone on request. Specifically for iPhones, AT&T has a form on their site to request the unlock. Go to their site and do a search for it. 2. Using an unlocked phone on the AT&T GSM Network: My experience is that a person can bring any unlocked GSM...
I don't see this happening. If you have an iPhone, you already paid the full price for it. It was part of the monthly bill. The carrier effectively "loaned" you the money to buy the phone. Nothing has fundamentally changed in the "new" model except the carriers are now explicitly telling you that you're getting a loan. As for lower income customers being locked out: I don't see that either. If a person walks into a carrier store they can still walk out with a new iPhone...
Ok, I don't know how good it is in Austin, but here's something we tried in Dallas: 1. Get one of your out of contract iPhones unlocked by AT&T (go to their website and start with this link: https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/?)2. Go to T-Mobile and get a month-to-month SIM. They have a name for the plan, but I forget it. It's either $30 or $50 a month for a nice iPhone type plan.3. Put the SIM in your phone and go check the coverage. Regarding unlocking an...
I think it's more fundamental than that. When Apple first introduced the iPhone something phenomenal and new happened: The phone manufacturer became disconnected from the wireless provider--That is, you could go to someone other than the wireless provider and get a phone that worked on that network. That was simply unheard of before that (yes, some shops existed that sold unlocked GSM phones, but virtually no wireless customer was conscious of that). This was the crack in...
Well, I always like these gross estimates. Do we really believe that a customer won't eventually buy what he/she came to buy? Sure, some are spur of the moment, but if you want a new iMac, will you really just go across the street and buy a Windows PC because the cash register was broken? Geez.
Just as a point of reference: I ordered an unlocked T-Mobile, Gold iPhone 5S, 64GB, on October 30. The estimated delivery time was Nov. 22 to Nov. 29. It arrived today--about two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.   I have heard the the Gold, 64GB, unlocked T-Mobile phones were among the shortest in supply. 
Awwww. You've been using Ford/Microsoft Sync...
Lenovo's smartphone strategy is so heavily influenced by the iPhone that the company plans to continue targeting markets where Apple's smartphone is viewed by consumers as too expensive, its CEO revealed.   It seems to me that would be everywhere there are people buying mobile phones... Good luck with that.
Thanks. You are right and I apologize for leaving that part out. I have investigated the rate plans with T-Mobile and they have some very competitive rates for their service. And, remember that now they have international data at no cost in many places. Sorry if I sound like a T-Mobile commercial, but my wife and I are considering taking three iPhones to T-Mobile because of the rate plans and international data.
I tend to disagree with your conclusion. The idea of "unsubsidized" phones on T-Mobile is mostly semantics. T-Mobile simply unbundled the phone cost and the service cost. You can still walk into a T-Mobile store and make a modest down payment on a phone and they will give you a loan for the balance. All the other carriers just didn't call it a loan. I haven't personally run the numbers but it would seem that over the long run this will cost you less than a similar plan...
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