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iPhone Xs Max locked or unlocked - Is there a Difference in features/plan availability/performance?

I am going to purchase outright an iPhone Xs Max.  I have an AT&T legacy plan which I will keep.  I read that At&T offers the option for voice-over-LTE and wi-fi calling only on AT&T carrier locked phone at initial purchase, not unlocked ones.  Is this true and are there other features in specifying an AT&T carrier phone at Apple store purchase that won’t be there vs Apple store unlocked phone which is ported to my AT&T plan?  Availability of my specific iphone model wanted at this time prompts this unlocked vs locked purchase at this time.

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@psufan44  I purchased the unlocked iPhone Xs from Apple and have ATT.  Inserted my SIM and did a restore. No problem using VOLTE and WiFi calling or any of the other ATT functions including ATT Call Protect.  

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@Fl_retire wrote:

@psufan44  I purchased the unlocked iPhone Xs from Apple and have ATT.  Inserted my SIM and did a restore. No problem using VOLTE and WiFi calling or any of the other ATT functions including ATT Call Protect.  


Only ANDROID phones have the unlocked phone limitations with enhanced LTE services.

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Thanks for the response.  If there is no functional difference for having an unlocked vs locked purchase with AT&T, then would I assume it's a marketing driver for offering the lock/unlock option (different financing/upgrade plans, Apple store/AT&T store etc.).  I was told if I purchase a locked AT&T carrier phone at the Apple Store, it could be unlocked immediately if fully paid at purchase.  I have scanned some message board posts on this subject and noted some people have had issues getting phones unlocked.

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@psufan44 wrote:

Thanks for the response.  If there is no functional difference for having an unlocked vs locked purchase with AT&T, then would I assume it's a marketing driver for offering the lock/unlock option (different financing/upgrade plans, Apple store/AT&T store etc.).

 

Not so much the locked/unlocked option, but purchasing through AT&T vs. elsewhere. I have no idea why someone would purchase a carrier-locked iPhone unless they bought from AT&T. 

 

 I was told if I purchase a locked AT&T carrier phone at the Apple Store, it could be unlocked immediately if fully paid at purchase.

 

Assuming you're an existing customer, that should be true. Service must be active for at least 60 days, so new customers will have to wait that long. Again, I don't see a reason to do so. 

 

 I have scanned some message board posts on this subject and noted some people have had issues getting phones unlocked.

 

Unfortunately, yes. Most don't, but those who do really have a heck of a time. 


 

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Yes, a marketing driver as in to use ATT’s financing program, you must buy the locked ATT model. I don’t know about the new model but past models also had a hardware difference. The ATT and T-Mobile versions had different hardware that did not include CDMA radios meaning even unlocked, those phones woudn’t work on Verizon’s or Sprint’s CDMA network. 

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The good news is the phones are all universal this time around.   

https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/specs/

And the sim free model is available unlocked out of the box now, rather than a 4 to 6 week wait.  

Att unlocking rules are a pain in the rear.  

 

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Found this on Apple Xs Max models.  

Looks like CMDA and GSM radios are in the phone. 

 

https://www.apple.com/iphone-xs/specs/

https://www.techwalls.com/iphone-xs-max-model-number-a1921-a2101-a2102-a2104-differences/

 

 

 

 

 

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I just got a new iPhone Xs from the Apple store this past weekend and for whatever reason when I went to restore it in iTunes, it gave me the "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked."  I purchased an AT&T version at the Apple Store with their iPhone upgrade plan (0% for 24 months with AppleCare+).  Maybe they are all unlocked if you buy them from Apple.

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@DGMVW1 wrote:

I just got a new iPhone Xs from the Apple store this past weekend and for whatever reason when I went to restore it in iTunes, it gave me the "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked."  I purchased an AT&T version at the Apple Store with their iPhone upgrade plan (0% for 24 months with AppleCare+).  Maybe they are all unlocked if you buy them from Apple.


its not carrier locked since you used apple financing and not the ATT next program.

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I bought a locked iphone xs max, I used unlockallcellular.com to unlocked, was very easy.

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Go for unlocked so they can LOCK your decision in their favor and hold you hostage by refusing to unlock your phone if there's a dispute.

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