Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2010 7:32 AM (in response to cortezcupcake)So why are they selling unlocked phones here, if they can't be used?
They aren't. They sell them in Canada. But regardless of where it's sold, having an unlocked phone doesn't mean that carriers can't and don't require that you buy a contract from them to get service. That's totally up to the carrier. An unlocked phone only means that you're not restricted to a given carrier.
Sorry, but if you want service from either Movistar or Telcel, you'll have to sign a contract with them unless they provide "pay as you go" service.
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Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2010 12:04 PM (in response to cortezcupcake)If you read the Apple Mexico information, you can buy a microsim from any provider that has GSM capabilities. It can even be a pre-paid sim card. I think Telcel was correct on saying if you buy a sim card from them, you have to sign a contract with them. Look around, there might be a pre-paid provider in Mexico, just make sure it's a sim card that has a data plan.macbook 13" dualboot windows 7 w/ bootcamp powerbook 17" iPhone 4, iOS 4
Currently Being ModeratedApr 24, 2011 4:41 PM (in response to varjak paw)
that has been there since August
Currently Being ModeratedNov 10, 2011 9:16 PM (in response to cortezcupcake)
I just bought the iPhone 4S from the Apple Store Mexico. Those iPhones come unlocked. I got my new iPhone last Saturday (Nov. 5), and that same day I went to the local Telcel Store (the main Telcel store, not just any regular cell phone retailer).
I bought the micro sim card for the iPhone ($150.00 MXN), they installed it, and I left with a brand new unlocked iPhone 4S in a pre-paid plan (Amigo), i.e. I didn't have to buy into a plan for 18 months.
I really don't understand why they told you you had to get an 18 month plan.
I could just as easily have gone to Movistar and/Iusacell and buy a micro sim card from them (I can still do it, if I get tired of Telcel, that's the beauty of unlocked iPhones).
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2011 6:39 AM (in response to josufromnull)
That is because with the iPhone 4, Apple didn't sell it through the retail partners, only through the carriers. With the 4s, this has changed and it is now possible to do things like you just described.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2012 9:32 PM (in response to cortezcupcake)
When I stop by Cancún, I bought an iPhone 4S in the shop Sanbrons Hermanos, S.A. and the seller give me a microSIM from Telcel. Then when I arrived to my native country Argentina, I noticed I can't use it with my local operator Claro-AR, because it's locked to Telcel. So question is: Can I ask for factory unlock to Telcel, perhap paying a service? Or can I ask to my local provider Claro-AR to do it for me?
Thanks in sdvance.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2013 7:09 PM (in response to cortezcupcake)
Ok next time you travel to Mexico do this
1. Buy a normal chip from a little store called oxox the chip will cost you 150. Pesos about 12 usd
So you're looking for a tel cel chip from the a corner store called oxxo got it.
2. Go to another store named tel cel where they sell phones that's where you're going to get it cut to size and fitted to your iPhone
Thats how you do it so you don't have to get any kind of contract