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    Thinking about going iPhone, should I get unlocked or through Tmobile?

    Thinking about getting an iPhone 8 plus and going through TMobile to get it. But I've been reading about the different models with Intel and Qualcomm modems.

    So I understand getting it unlocked or the Verizon or Sprint Verizon will come with Qualcomm so it can support CDMA. It will give the most network compatibility.

    If I got it through Tmobile it loses that compatibility which isn't a huge concern for me. But should I be concerned with radio performance? Possibly battery performance as well? I'd guess the X16 in the CDMA certain would end up being a bit more power efficient vs the Intel modem.

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    I have a Verizon 6S Plus and it works great on T-Mobile. Haven’t had any issues.

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    I don't know of any comparisons that have been done for the iPhone8. But here was the results when this issue of different modems was discussed last year for the iPhone7. It may assist in your decision on which 8 to buy:

    https://9to5mac.com/2016/10/20/iphon...r-performance/

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    Just be aware that none of the current iPhones work on band-71 (a.k.a. 600 MHz). So, depending on where you live, you may find yourself wanting next year's mode.
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    I would always go with a Qualcomm model over the Intel model. Better reception, better performances, better resale value & larger group to sell to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    Just be aware that none of the current iPhones work on band-71 (a.k.a. 600 MHz). So, depending on where you live, you may find yourself wanting next year's mode.
    Yeah I'm aware of that. No available phones right now will support band 71. And I don't want the upcoming LG V30. I'm at least a couple years out for my area to see much in band 71 anyway.

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    Based on what happened with the iPhone 7, I’d just get an unlocked one from Apple so it has the CDMA bands should you ever decide to switch to another carrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seezar View Post
    Yeah I'm aware of that. No available phones right now will support band 71. And I don't want the upcoming LG V30. I'm at least a couple years out for my area to see much in band 71 anyway.
    Why don't you want the V30? I am researching it and trying to find flaws too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotABiot View Post
    Why don't you want the V30? I am researching it and trying to find flaws too.
    If I stick with Android I'd get the Pixel XL 2 that Google should be unveiling in a couple days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erikkarma808 View Post
    Based on what happened with the iPhone 7, I’d just get an unlocked one from Apple so it has the CDMA bands should you ever decide to switch to another carrier.
    Does apple whitelist these with Sprint & VZW? I heard there's a lot of problems especially getting on a Sprint backbone carrier. And to a lesser extent VZW as well.
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    My wife was able to get the iPhone 7 Plus she bought from Sprint unlocked. Like everything with Sprint, it was a little bit of a hassle but after day 45 passed with their “service”, we were able to get it unlocked on day 47 and bring it to T-Mobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seezar View Post
    Yeah I'm aware of that. No available phones right now will support band 71. And I don't want the upcoming LG V30. I'm at least a couple years out for my area to see much in band 71 anyway.
    I’m considering a move to T-Mobile but would need to upgrade an old iPhone. In SC it seems that 600 MHz won’t be rolled out till 2019. That still gives me pause with a buying a new iPhone withou Band 71.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb View Post
    Does apple whitelist these with Sprint & VZW? I heard there's a lot of problems especially getting on a Sprint backbone carrier. And to a lesser extent VZW as well.
    Apple says:


    “SIM-free” means your iPhone doesn’t ship with a carrier SIM card. The SIM-free iPhone sold on apple.com and at the Apple Store is unlocked. That means you’re free to use a SIM card from any carrier that provides service for iPhone.

    https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-7#00

    I'm not really sure what problems you've heard about. But since Apple is the one that says the device will work on any carrier that provides service for iPhone, you should contact Apple if you have problems getting it to work on Verizon or Sprint.

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    So is the only place to buy an unlocked iPhone directly through Apple?

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    Best Buy for the iPhone 7 models only carried the Qualcomm model which was sold to AT&T and T Mobile customers. The iPhone will lock to the activation carrier unless activated with a Verizon SIM even if you pay the full upfront cost.

    Last year in another forum, some one was asking for help since their iPhone 7 bought from Best Buy locked to RingPlus.

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