Super Confused iphone 5 mystery

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by newport123, Dec 2, 2012.


I think this iPhone is

Poll closed Dec 12, 2012.
  1. Its ATT since it showed att network bars (but i couldnt activate it with att sim)

  2. Its sprint as per the seriel number(Y does it say carrier as att 13.0 then)

  3. As confused as you are

  4. Use it as a iPod Touch

  1. newport123, Dec 2, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    1)purchased iphone from craigslist was told its a verizon version by the seller
    2)popped in sim and it said its not a valid sim. i am thinking this is a sprint phone and i was tricked. Phone does show the bars but says can not be activated due to incompatible sim.
    Phone is still not activated and i can not even mavigate to the home screen tried connecting with itunes etc
    3)call apple and they confirm this is a sprint phone
    4) call up sprint provide seriel number and imei and they say its not a sprint phone and they didnt mention if its stolen or reported stolen. I had asked this in bold in my email to sprint

    So now i have a iphone 5 which i can nto activate . Its locked and lying as a paper weight

    In the mean time i buy a AIR update to new os install itunes 8 etc etc
    i decide to connect the iphone 5 just for fun and boom it says syncing and shows me the home screen. I am happy I do a quick song and dance sequence with 5 yo mama jokes. JK

    Now when i go to general about i am super confused
    Carrier says AT&T 13.0
    Model is MD657LL (This is a sprint model number)
    So which iphone 5 is this Friends ???????

    Model Number is A1429

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  2. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    Did you pop in an AT&T SIM?

    Verizon and Sprint iPhones can be unlocked internationally but not domestically, meaning the GSM radio in CDMA iPhones can be unlocked for use with any non-American GSM carrier.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    With ATT sim it said not compatible sim etc etc
    but it was showing me bars on the top left
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
  5. macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    Odd, was it a new phone in a shrink wrapped box, or a used one?
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    used got it off craigslist
    when i started it it went through the initial set up process
  7. macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    Hmm, I'd maybe try contacting the seller, and see what exactly he/she did to it.
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
    What does it say for model on the back of the iPhone?
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    That number is either for sprint or verizon is a CDMA phone
  11. macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2010
  12. macrumors 68040

    Jul 2, 2012
    I am amazed at how people bu phones on Craigslist and do no check to see if the phone is working.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    Sprint and Verizon's unlocking policy keep the domestic GSM carriers locked out, so that will not work with any U.S. GSM carrier.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2012
    Please stop posting incorrect information.

    While the Sprint Iphone 5 is locked, the Verizon version is GSM unlocked out of the box for any GSM carrier worldwide, including the USA.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2011
    Verizon phone works with T mobile and smart talk. So much for your knowledge.


    To OP, you have a Sprint phone. This is exactly what happens with the sprint iphone 5 when trying to activate AT&T sim. If you had Verizon iphone 5, it would have worked. AT&T gsm network will work with the verizon phone, but you will not get LTE. With Sprint phone, nothing from AT&T will work unless you get Sprint to unlock the phone.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    You definitely have a CDMA phone, it is not an AT&T phone. You need to call Verizon to activate it, you can't just put a SIM card in and expect anything to happen. It wouldn't work with an AT&T SIM because it's locked to a CDMA network (either Sprint or Verizon) which is preventing it from connecting to AT&T.

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