Can Verizon iPhone 5 be activated with any simcard?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TEHi, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. TEHi macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Since the Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked out of the box, I wonder if I will be able to activate it with a foreign sim card?

    Or it is required to activate it using a Verizon sim card in the US network?

    I ask this because my friend will leave the US the next week and he may bring me an iphone 5. Verizon seems to be the only option at this time
  2. TEHi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    Unlocked, yes. Trust me I've been googling this for more than 5 hours.

    But activation is a different story, I'm just afarid I wont be able to activate it with a local sim card when it arrives to my country 2,000 miles away.

    I asked to see if anyone here have tried actually ACTIVATING it from zero with another sim card.
  3. BlindSoul macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2010
    Yes, I'm wondering the same.
  4. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    If it's unlocked, it should activate with no issues.
  5. TEHi thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
  6. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    It will activate with Apple fine. You can put the Verizon SIM anytime to actually get Verizon on it.
  7. suryahere macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    I am having the exact same question. Can I activate a full priced verizon iphone5 with a local carrier in another country? Can someone confirm this?
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Why you keep asking the same question?
    The answer is yes, it will activate with any GSM sim.
  9. Calinoel macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2013
    Hey I really need this answered. So I lost the sim to my iPhone 5 for verizon the service is canceled but I use it as a iPod or whatever the point is I still use it. I was wondering if I restore the phone can I still get past the activation screen with another persons verizon SIM card for iPhone 5? Ps the phone is not unlocked.
  10. dictoresno macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2012
    i think it will still activate on apples servers without a sim installed but im not sure. as long as its on wifi, it should activate.
  11. HiddenPuppy macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2011
    All Verizon iPhone 5 are unlocked, they can be used anywhere, but will not get LTE on the SIM chip. So if you put it on another provider it will work, but not get LTE

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