Verizon iPhone 4S Requires SIM Card

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  1. Prof., Jul 7, 2012
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    Prof.

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    I was at the Apple store today getting my iPhone swapped out due to a 'crunchy' home button, and much to my surprise, the Verizon iPhone 4S requires a SIM card - it can't function without one. Traditionally, 3G CDMA phones don't need a SIM, but apparently the iP4S needs one... Am I the only one who didn't know this? haha
     
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    I was not.. aware of that.

    I never carry a SIM card in my 4S and it works fine with Verizon's network. Only time I ever put in a SIM card is when I go overseas, and even then I don't use a Verizon SIM.
     
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    You have proof? Have you tried using it without the SIM module?
     
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    Unfortunately, i do not have proof. However, when he took the SIM Card out of my iPhone, the iPhone said no sim and there was no service. I even said to the guy, "Wait... the Verizon iPhone has a SIM card? I thought Verizon phones don't need them..." His response, "Yeah, all Verizon 4S's have a SIM card"
     
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    This sounds interesting... what was the SIM branding?
     
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    Does it say Verizon, etc... color scheme... etc
     
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    Then just toggle the Airport mode on and off. It should pick up a Verizon CDMA signal without the SIM card.
     
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    I only saw it briefly, it looked to be the underside with the gold connectors. The sim card itself looked to be white.
     
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    Thats weird because my sprint iphone 4S works without a sim card and its CDMA also.
     
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    ^^^ This. And the sim should be identical to this:

    photo taken from member hbah427
    [​IMG]
     
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    My Verizon iPhone 4S works fine with and without the micro sim card. Not sure if you would need the sim inside when activating.
     
  14. macrumors 65816

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    Used to say vodaphone for international roaming.
     
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    So will a 4G LTE Verizon iPhone use a larger SIM slot with a single SIM for both world use and 4G US use?
     
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    Learned something today.. Thanks.

    Took the sim out of my purchased from Verizon 4s and phone works normally. Good to know. My daughter is going to Europe in 2 weeks and I am betting she is going to loose the verizon sim when she replaces it with a local one. (based on previous experience.) so her phone will still work when she returns home, regardless.
     
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    Call Verizon to have them unlock the SIM slot though.

    The Verizon 4G LTE iPhone will probably end up using a microSIM. Probably...
     
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    My sim card accidentally got locked as I was fiddling around with the settings. Rather than calling vzw to get the code to unlock it, I simply took it out, and my phone worked again. So now if I put in the sim card, I lose service.
     
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    It does not require a SIM card for domestic use.

    Period.
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    Already did. Thanks.
     
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    Can you use a verizon iPhone 4S sim card in a verizon 4G LTE phone?
     
  22. macrumors member

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    that sim is for international roaming. why you want that,since you get a new sim for free?
     
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    Had a friend who tried to use their Verizon 4S sim with their Verizon iPhone 5 & it wouldn't activate... & they did this at the apple store so I'm not sure if they just had a bad sim or if you can't use the same sim for two phones.
     

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