Buying a Used iPhone and Using it: Possible? Problems?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jennifurrr124, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Jan 7, 2013
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    Hi. My iPhone is dying and I don't want to sign a new contract. I am hoping to stay with AT&T until June when *hopefully* a new iPhone will come out (not sure if there is any credibility to those rumors?); Then I plan to buy the new phone at the price that comes with a 2 year contract and sign with Verizon. In the meantime I need a new phone.

    If I buy a used phone from a friend, will this phone come unlocked? In other words can I just transfer my SIM card and use it or will I have to take it to be unlocked. Also, can I buy a used phone and start off with Verizon?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 68000

    thewitt

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    Sep 13, 2011
    #2
    You cannot use an AT&T phone on the Verizon network, you must purchase a Verizon phone. CDMA carriers program the phone to work on their network. They do not use a SIM card.

    Used GSM phones, like AT&T models, can still be locked to the network. They can be unlocked by contacting AT&T if the contract was paid in full.
     
  3. macrumors 68020

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    Apr 12, 2011
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    A used verizon iphone 5 will work on both networks.
     

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