Best U.S. iPhone 5 model for overseas use?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ellsass, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Ellsass macrumors member

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    In the past, AT&T's GSM model has been the phone to have when traveling overseas (especially Europe) since you can just pop in a local SIM. But according to this chart, it looks like Verizon might be better suited. The LTE bands 1, 3, and 5 are listed for both Verizon and Europe, but AT&T's 4 and 17 aren't found anywhere else.

    Does this mean I'll have better luck using the Verizon model with European SIMs (assuming I can unlock it and find nano SIMs)?

    Also, if I get Verizon's model, will I still be able to connect to 3G GSM networks, or am I stuck with CDMA wherever LTE coverage isn't available?
     
  2. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Yes, assuming it has a SIM slot, the US CDMA model is the best "world phone" for LTE.
     
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Yes, I noticed that earlier. It appears that the Verizon and Sprint models will be better for overseas LTE compatibility. Canada is another story (AT&T is better there). Another advantage is that Verizon and Sprint will unlock the SIM slot (for non-US use only) after 60 or 90 days, while AT&T makes you wait until the phone is off contract before unlocking it.

    All the models support DC-HSDPA and HSPA+, which is far more common in Europe than LTE.
     
  4. Ellsass thread starter macrumors member

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    Great. And if I'm in an area of Europe that has 3G but no LTE coverage, I'm still good with the Verizon model, right?
     
  5. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    No... big no

    That would be the GSM A1429 model. Check Apple's site.
     
  6. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    They all support HSPDA+ so yes.

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    Explain? The CDMA model supports the most LTE bands and shares some with the European model.
     

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