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

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

  1. alexcsm macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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  7. zeyank macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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