Battery111 wrote:The thing that made me reluctant to do the same thing again was some conflicting info regarding the different models of the 6s and whether the tmobile version was actually the same as the Verizon version as it was for the 6.
The issue there is the voice bands still running on CDMA. A Verizon iPhone is unlocked and can run on all carriers since it has the CDMA chip and LTE chip. The unlocked and GSM variants will all work on every carrier's LTE networks, but they will not work on the CDMA voice bands. Once everyone finally converts to VoLTE, this issue will no longer exist. Until then, it's just a clusterf*ck of confusion for people trying to move phones around.
Why Apple made you go to Verizon is beyond me. But, the carriers are not going to let you buy phones out of contract unless you already have an account with them. I tried to buy a Galaxy S6 for my friend for his birthday and we both use Tracfone prepaid which runs on AT&T. I knew AT&T was going to harass us, but I figured I would try one last time since it was cheaper than buying from Best Buy and I didn't have time to order from Samsung or another reseller online. Told them I had $700 and just need a new S6. They immediately wanted our information and I said no, we do not have A&T plans/accounts, we just need the phone. They refused and I asked for the manager who told me the same thing. I asked them where is the logic in this situation and they all looked at me like an idiot, completely dumbfounded as to why I don't need one of their stupid contracts. I told them I will just go to Best Buy where the phone is $150 MORE than their price and they still did not care. I do not know how much they have to purchase their products from the manufacturer for and I realize the majority of their profits comes from the service and not necessarily the devices, but all of these carriers used to let you purchase phones out of contract all the time just years ago. When I worked in retail, I sold a ton of phones out of contract to people. Now, all of a sudden, it's absolute blasphemy. That was the last time I will every step foot in a carrier's store again.