Moving oversea with an iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by chrisblaze, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    I recently took a job in Germany, I have an AT&T unlocked iPhone 5. Will I be able to use it with T-Mobile or O2? If so can I use LTE on these carriers? Same with the 4th Gen iPad, I'm thinking about getting on but I don't know of I need to get an AT&T or Verizon model, or would
    it be better sell my phone and get one in Germany.. If I go that route, are the phones unlocked?
     
  2. macrumors 601

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    Should be fine as-it, unless Germany has a predominately CDMA network (I don't know).
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    AT&T iPhone 5 only works with North American LTE bands so you're out of luck with LTE in Germany with that phone as far as I know. You can use it on GSM and HSPA+ networks either by roaming (expensively) or getting the phone unlocked so you can put a local German SIM in it.

    The Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked out of the box even on contract and supports CDMA, GSM, HSPA+, and possibly German LTE but not likely.
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    Verizon has more unlocked GSM bands than the AT&T phone. However, CDMA is locked on Verizon. Should not be a problem though, as you will be using GSM in Europe.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    Everything will work fine anywhere in europe, just no LTE. But, depending where you are you might not need it at all. I'm getting ~17Mb/s on 3G. One thing that comes to my mind though is warranty, not sure if they will service it.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    For LTE in Europa on iPad you'll need the Verizon model.

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/LTE/

    For LTE in Europe on iPhone, the Verizon model is more likely to work. The AT&T model will not support European LTE networks.

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    Just sell your US version and buy a new one when you get there, not an issue.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    I'd love to sell it and get another one, but the price of a 32gb phone is over $1k USD.
     
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    Unlocked 32GB iPhone 5 from Apple is $749 USD Ahh in the Germany Apple Store never-mind.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll probably get it... worse case.... I'll have to send it back to get refunded... I was hoping that someone has already tried this so I didn't have to be the guinea pig!
     

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