Building iOS app without paid developer account

Just a question… I’m under the impression I should be able to build a development build and run that on a real iOS device (not simulator) without paying for an Apple developer account. Is that correct?

yes, you can do that by building it locally in xcode (run npx expo prebuild -p ios then compile the ios project for your device - learn more). apple doesn’t expose this type of development signing in their api so we can’t generate “development provisioning profiles” on eas build.