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unlocked iphone4 in Mexico

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cortezcupcake Calculating status...
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Nov 17, 2010 6:52 AM
I bought an unlocked iphone4 in Canada from apple 2 weeks ago to use travelling. Now I am in Baja, Mexico. Even though Mexico sells unlocked iphone4's, when I went to the service provider Telcel to buy a "microchip" and activate cell use here, the manager told me that they don't do it. Apparently you can only get iphone4 activation by locking into a plan for 18 months, which includes the iphone4. In other words, you can only have a Telcel or Movistar locked iphone4 in Baja, or a roaming locked phone from your country of origin!!! According to Telcel, I won't be able to use my own unlocked phone as a cellphone here in Mexico. So why are they selling unlocked phones here, if they can't be used? Can anyone help?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,155 points)
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    Nov 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.

    Regards.
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  • sn4p2k Level 4 Level 4 (1,215 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 11:15 AM (in response to varjak paw)
    they sell unlocked iphones in more then just canada man..
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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,155 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 11:17 AM (in response to sn4p2k)
    Yes, but not in Mexico where the OP is.
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  • molotovito Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Nov 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.
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    Apr 24, 2011 4:41 PM (in response to varjak paw)
  • Edson.ajj Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    May 8, 2011 1:33 PM (in response to cortezcupcake)

    Go to Iusacell, they have micro-sims for the iPhone and are much more accessible as a company than Telcel.

  • josufromnull Calculating status...
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    Nov 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). 

  • Edson.ajj Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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    Nov 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.

  • cmfSQL Calculating status...
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    May 5, 2012 9:32 PM (in response to cortezcupcake)

    Hi all!

     

    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.

     

    Cmf

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,155 points)
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    May 7, 2012 6:58 AM (in response to cmfSQL)

    You will have to call Telcel Mexico. Only they can authorize unlocking, if indeed they will do so, which Apple's information says that they do not. No other carrier can unlock your iPhone.

  • Leocancun Calculating status...
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    Jan 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

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