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JKMC Calculating status...
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Oct 9, 2013 8:49 AM

Anybody knows whether an unlocked iPhone 5S from US will works in Malaysia?

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  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,595 points)
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    Oct 9, 2013 8:58 AM (in response to JKMC)

    It will work in Malaysia on GSM, but not on LTE. The LTE bands are different from the North American bands.

     

    Now the next problem is actually getting a US unlocked phone. Today I went to a local Apple store. Before it opened there were 30 people on line. At opening time they announced that 8 phones were available, and none were unlocked.

     

    There is also the problem that a US iPhone will only have warranty coverage or repair service in the US. If it breaks it will have to be returned to the US.

  • jpmuzik Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Oct 9, 2013 9:01 AM (in response to JKMC)

    As far as i know there's no GSM unlocked version for the iPhone 5s.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,595 points)
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    Oct 9, 2013 9:07 AM (in response to jpmuzik)

    The T-Mobile phone is sold as unlocked. And I'm sure there will eventually be unlocked phones. But probably weeks or months away.

  • jpmuzik Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Oct 9, 2013 9:40 AM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    Just to leave that clear, T-Mobile is selling contractless iPhones, yes they are internationally sim unlocked as mentioned on the Apple online store BUT it'll be under T-Mobile conditions which you can find here: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-1588

     

    So if you're expecting to use an iPhone 5s out of the US since day of purchase... Wait for the GSM unlocked version otherwise be ready to activate you phone with T-Mobile and wait 40 as a minimun requirement

  • kjxr6 Calculating status...
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    Oct 10, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to Lawrence Finch)

    They are not technically unlocked. Apple has gone and changed the website to say "contract free." The Tmobile option is still tied to Tmobile. The only option to try and unlock it is to contact Tmobile and they wont do it unless you've had the phone for 40 days with one of their contract free plans at $30 USD a month.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Oct 10, 2013 12:32 PM (in response to kjxr6)

    kjxr6 wrote:

     

    They are not technically unlocked. Apple has gone and changed the website to say "contract free." The Tmobile option is still tied to Tmobile. The only option to try and unlock it is to contact Tmobile and they wont do it unless you've had the phone for 40 days with one of their contract free plans at $30 USD a month.

    No, they are not. See the details below the T-Mobile section in the online store, to quote

    "When you travel internationally, you can use a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5s from a local GSM carrier."

     

    Since T-Mobile is a GSM carrier, and the model of iPhone 5S sold for use with T-mobile is the GSM-only model A1533, that would not be possible in a GSM phone locked to a carrier, hence they must be not merely contract free but also unlocked.

  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (9,600 points)
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    Oct 10, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to kjxr6)


    kjxr6 wrote:

     

    They are not technically unlocked. Apple has gone and changed the website to say "contract free." The Tmobile option is still tied to Tmobile. The only option to try and unlock it is to contact Tmobile and they wont do it unless you've had the phone for 40 days with one of their contract free plans at $30 USD a month.

     

    This is incorrect.

     

    The T-Mobile iPhones are fully unlocked.

     

    They are sold at full retail price, and as Michael points out can be used with sim cards from international carriers.

    Apple wrote:

     

    If you buy iPhone for T-Mobile, it will arrive with a nano-SIM card already installed that you can activate by visiting an Apple Retail Store or a T-Mobile store or by calling T-Mobile. When you travel internationally, you can use a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5s from a local GSM carrier.

     

     

    The T-Mobile phones are fully unlocked. Otherwise international sims would not work.

     

    The only thing that is T-Mobile specific is the sim card they are shipped with.

     

    You can choose to not activate said sim, and simply install a different one in the phone fopr whichever carrier you want that uses GSM.

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