Using unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 on Verizon?

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  1. macrumors 65816

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    I plan on switching carriers can i use my same phone on Verizon?

    Apple said it was possible if its unlocked but I'm seeing different things online.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Don't think so. I'm pretty sure the AT&T iPhone 5 doesn't have the CDMA radio or antennas that Verizon phones need.
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    Can't do it. Only on a GSM network, AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
     
  4. macrumors demi-god

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    The real problem is that Verizon will only allow their own phone on their network. They won't have anything to do with a GSM phone. :cool:
     
  5. macrumors 68040

    eastercat

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    This is one of the myriad of reasons I hate verizon. Ironically, you can use a verizon iphone 5 on at&t (without lte though).
     
  6. macrumors Nehalem

    Applejuiced

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    Whoever told you that you can use an AT&T iphone 5 on verizon was mistaken.
    Like others said verizon will never allow it to activate on their network unless its a verizon device.
    You could do it the other way a verizon i5 to AT&T but not in reverse like you're planning.
     
  7. macrumors 68030

    dictoresno

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    at&t iphone 5 = GSM only. it can be used on any GSM network worldwide (once unlocked) but NOT on any CDMA network

    verizon iphone 5 = CDMA and GSM. it can be used ONLY on verizon, and then any other GSM network in the world (once unlocked)

    basically, both the verizon and at&t phone are compatible with any GSM network, but only the verizon one can be used on verizon. if you switch to verizon from at&t, you will need to sell your current phone and buy a verizon one.
     

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