The official U.S. unlocked iPhone 5 watch thread maybe?

Psyrix

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Pretty sure the FCC and Attorney General would have a few words for either company if they did lock them. They both signed an agreement that states they can't.

Think you are waiting for nothing.
 

fury

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That open access policy doesn't mean much. There is reportedly at least one LTE phone locked on Verizon.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/25/3405610/verizon-iphone-5-unlocked-open-access-fcc

And Verizon has "no plans" to re-lock their iPhone 5 phones. Yet. That they have this power to re-lock the phone is one reason I'm concerned about whether I should buy a Verizon iPhone 5.

Also, AT&T never signed such an open access policy. It applies to the upper C block. http://www.cse.wustl.edu/~jain/cse574-08/ftp/700mhz/index.html#sec3_2

If you get a full-price AT&T iPhone 5 from Apple, you might be able to do a quick restore to unlock it today, but what about a few months down the line, or if you have to get it replaced at an Apple store? That's the iffy part with which I am not comfortable. They keep a database of phones which are allowed to be unlocked, and knowing my luck, as soon as I plop down the $850 + tax, I'll be the fortunate one that gets the first re-lock.
 

Psyrix

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Thanks for the second link. Thought for sure I had read that AT&T had bought someone that had won an upper C block. Looks like I misread that info.
 

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Got mine factory unlocked via eBay
That stuff seems somewhat sketchy to me. How do I know that I can trust that any more than I can trust a full-price AT&T phone? Or, for that matter, one that AT&T graciously unlocks for me like they unlocked my iPhone 4. Maybe I'm just being paranoid, I don't know. It would just really suck if all of a sudden something happens that makes me end up with a locked phone after all of that trouble. If I have to replace the phone and I get a locked one in return, I don't want to have to pay $5-10 for another unlock, or hassle AT&T again.
 

ZR_Yancy

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It's our right to hassle the carriers as much as possible. I don't think they would intentionally re-lock a replacement. Just let them know your previous device was unlocked if you ever had to get one. I'm almost certain they keep records in their database.