AT&T iPhone 8 a Universal Phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fmalloy, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. fmalloy macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    After I bought the AT&T iPhone 6 I found out that it would not be fully usable on Verizon, but if you buy a Verizon 6 it would work on the AT&T network. That sucked.

    Is anything any different with the 8? I'm thinking of just ordering the SIM-free carrier unlocked and not have all the hassle...
  2. yukari macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    No, it is not universal. If you buy AT&T version, it does NOT have CDMA.
    That's why I will order directly from Apple for universal version.
  3. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    Unfortunately no. AT&T and T-mobile still uses intel modem so these will not work on Verizon and Sprint. This is no different than last year. Sim-free model for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is essentially the Verizon/Sprint Model as they have Qualcomm, which works on GSM and CDMA.
  4. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    You're looking for contract less phone, right?
  5. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    I thought the split between models happened with the iphone 7? I sold my wife's iphone 6S and prior 6 to Verizon users (they were previously locked to ATT, until paid off which att then unlocked the phones) as they had all the bands. The iphone 7 was the first to have a neutered ATT/TMO version that used the crappy Intel chip. I'm tempted at getting an unlocked version to guarantee a qualcomm chip. Maybe this gen of Intel cell modems have caught up to Qualcomm? I doubt it though...
  6. fmalloy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    Yes, contractless.
  7. Nhott macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2014
    I switched my AT&T iPhone 6 to Verizon. Just have to unlock it first.

    I have AT&T as my personal cell. At work we were given Verizon phones and when I started there about 6 years ago was given a blackberry. I used it for a day or two before forwarding all calls to my personal phone. Last year my work started giving out 6s phones so I grabbed one, unlocked my AT&T phone, and switched SIM cards. Both phones immediately activated.
  8. fmalloy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    Thanks. This whole thing has been really frustrating as I can't get a consistent answer from people. You can see above some folks say it's a no-go.

    In one place I heard that the AT&T phone would not be able to use all VZW CDMA bands/frequencies, like 1x wouldn't work but other bands would work, stuff like that...

    I found a VZW web page where you enter the IMEI and it says if it's ok on their network...and it said it was.

    I just ordered an iPhone 8 - unlocked/SIM-free because I hate all this confusion. I just want to know that when I sell the 6 (it is unlocked) if I can say it works on VZW.
  9. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    Does anyone know if the sIM unlocked phones, if AT&T will allow them to do WiFi call g or voice over LTE?

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