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

alexcsm

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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?
 

pallen310

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Sep 24, 2012
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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.
 

ANMA dojo

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Mar 22, 2010
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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?
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)
 

zeyank

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Nov 16, 2009
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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?
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.
 

utl768

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Sep 8, 2009
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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.
ur stucking use edge network though so whats the point?
 

zeyank

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Nov 16, 2009
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ur stucking use edge network though so whats the point?
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.
 

JodyK

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Jan 29, 2010
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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)
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!
 
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