ATT/Verizon off-contract iPhone 5 unlock same as factory unlock?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by alexcsm, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. alexcsm macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2012
    I'm currently using an unlocked 3GS on T-Mobile. Looking to upgrade to iPhone 5, but they haven't released the factory unlocked version on the website yet.

    I've heard rumors that ATT and Verizon off-contract iPhone 5's can be unlocked. Is there any difference between this and a factory unlocked version?
  2. pallen310 macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    I believe the Verizon one is already gsm unlocked so it will work with any carrier as long as a micro sim is available. Using it LTE is a different story.
  3. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    not just rumors. confirmed by many here (including myself).

    ** off-contract, full-priced AT&T iphone 5 are factory unlocked (Apple employees will adamantly deny this though)
    ** locked AT&T iphone 5 + cheap <$10 ebay unlock = factory unlocked
    ** Verizon iphone 5 (both contract + full-priced) = factory unlocked for GSM networks (including T-Mobile)
  4. zeyank macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    The other posters are spot on. The only difference is you have to wait for Apple to release the OFFICIALLY unlocked version in the States. I bought a full priced Verizon iPhone 5 with no intention of using Verizon, I have T-Mobile on it now, works great.
  5. utl768 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2009
    ur stucking use edge network though so whats the point?
  6. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
  7. zeyank macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2009
    I have 3G on my iPhone 5 with T-mobile. I really could care less about 4G though and I live in Europe which is the main reason I bought the Verizon version.
  8. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    The Apple employees will adamantly deny this though is VERY true! I have a commitment free iPhone 5 proudly on Tmobile. When it was bought they said NO its carrier locked. When I called to exchange for a larger capacity model and was explaining what I needed they told me that it wasn't possible and I said well I'm talking to you on my unlocked iPhone 5 now .... Silence ... Well they aren't suppose to sell it to you that way!
  9. nanchen242 macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2012
    They wont sell off contract iphone 5s here anymore on NYC :(
  10. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    AT&T store? Verizon store? I've heard both yes and no about this

    Apple Store -- they should, if any in stock
  11. nanchen242 macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2012
    nope..went inside all 5 stores here in nyc. apparently its only in nyc b.c to stupid re sellers taking advantage
  12. PeterTran macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2012
    that sucks...thats even worse than not having them in stock... but being able to buy it device only...its like they're taunting you... No iphone 5's in the OC either:(

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