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lnjvand
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12/1/2012 | 4:41:53 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Many of those that travel will mod their iPhone to accept a secondary sim card. Then you have local service wherever you are and can still receive local calls from home.
Monty0000
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12/1/2012 | 5:35:39 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
The discrepancy in carrier costs is even larger than you calculate. Your contract cost is at least $70 plus taxes which can add $20+ to your bill. Realistically, you would be hard pressed to find any person with a one-phone cell plan who is paying less than $100 a month, even with the most basic services. On the pre-paid side you are paying $30 a month and that includes the taxes. The real world difference in cost can be $70 a month or more, which means your off-contract iPhone will pay for itself in seven months or less.

The down-side is that you will not get LTE speeds. As good as HSPA+ is, for people who are tied to cellular data all day long, that 3G Plus will not be good enough. However, for those of us who spend most of our day on Wi-Fi, it is silly to not take advantage of the price difference.

As it relates to not being able to port your cell phone number - that does not have to be an issue. Port your phone number to Google Voice and then your number will travel with you to any device or carrier you pick. It gives enormous freedom and adds some other features (number following you to multiple devices, text conversion of voicemails, VoIP calling, etc) that are quite useful.

Finally, the market for top unlocked devices is getting better every day. Many of the hottest cell phones are available without a contract today and it is nice the iPhone 5 finally joined the party. I think the best options for the money today are the Nexus 4 and the Note 2, but the iPhone 5 is certainly a great choice.
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12/2/2012 | 4:08:04 PM
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Definitely look for the HSPA+ or LTE iPhone versions that allow users to talk and access web features at the same time. This is a great feature if you are sending / recording info back and forth during a conversation or meeting.

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moarsauce123
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12/3/2012 | 10:31:41 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Why stop at that ?
Why not have a tripple sim case that accepts not only 3 other sim cards but any size card as well.
moarsauce123
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12/3/2012 | 10:35:06 PM
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The issue with GV is mms will only work with sprint.
Idunno about others but for me thats a deal breaker right there.

Not to mention tmobiles stupid restrictions on call forwarding for prepaid and flex pay users.
MyW0r1d
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12/7/2012 | 11:04:02 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Not even at list price.
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1/12/2013 | 10:08:38 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
I intend to buy iPhone 5. but I feel difficult to make decision which is better between contract or unblocked iPhone I should buy. Which is better and is more benefits? I want to buy iPhone with reasonable price and I can use it outside U.S like foreign countries. everyone who have experience can help me? thanks a lot.
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1/27/2013 | 7:11:13 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
My husband and I travel pretty often between California and China for his investment work. Im kinda like his secratary, but he bought us 2 iPhone 5 from the Socal area AT&T they were locked to AT&T. You should read this article it helped me out in unlocking both my iPhone 5 and we can use it in China and USA. Its called a factory unlock. Hope this saves you the head ache of countless hours of searching as i did.



Link: http://pwnagetool.us/iphone-fa...
ccbrown
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2/7/2013 | 12:09:58 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Well, att iphone unlocking cost around 30$, and it could be done by those googled sites within hours, buying an already unlocked iphone is just over priced compare to buy a locked one then unlock yourself, using those sites.
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3/26/2013 | 3:50:33 PM
re: Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
If you guys want to unlock any phone with carrier ATT, go? google att iphone unlocking,
I believe the first one was the one I used, and they unlock all ATT phone up to date.
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