buying iPhone 6 full retail question

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  1. foster26 macrumors member

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    If I have Verizon can I buy a T-Mobile contract free iPhone 6 and get a sim card from Verizon and activate it and all functions work? Semms all the Verizon phones are never in stock near me. The reason I ask is because some threads say Verizon won't activate a non Verizon phone, and I don't have a nano sim card active. Thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    If you buy it from apple, it will be unlocked. If you buy it from T-Mo, I believe it will be locked.
     
  3. foster26 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know it will be unlocked but will Verizon activate it as I would need to get a sin card?
     
  4. bakron1 macrumors member

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    buying iPhone 6 full retail question

    You can't use an unlocked T Mobile device on Verizon because they are a CDMA network and all T Mobile devices are GSM.

    The Verizon version of the iPhone 6 has dual network ability with both CDMA and GSM, that's why they will work on T Mobile and AT&T.

    Bottom line is if your on the Verizon network, your going to have to buy a Verizon iPhone 6.
     
  5. penajmz macrumors 68030

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    It comes with a T-Mobile sim card that will activate the phone and it will be unlocked. I know because I bought the T-Mo version iPhone 6, got it out the box, turned it on with that sim in, activated then I put my AT&T sim in it and it worked.
     
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    Actually I believe apple now uses a universal chip so you get GSM and CDMA,. plus everyone is on LTE which is a different animal. GSM/CDMA are for 3G and older transmission speeds.

    I know a number of people who purchased VZW (CDMA) phones and use them on ATT (GSM)

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    You need a VZW Sim
     
  7. foster26 thread starter macrumors member

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    The question will verizon give me a sim and will i be able to activate it? Will all features work and will it show up on my verizon ect.?
     
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  9. foster26 thread starter macrumors member

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    Theres not in stock and the tmobile version i can have shipped.
     
  10. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    No Verizon will not give you a sim and activate it because it's not on their system.

    However, if you already have an active sim from Verizon, then yes it will work on t-mobile/AT&T.

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    Actually, Verizon network will work on any unlocked AT&T/T-mobile device. I've done it and it works. You have to have an active sim card. I happen to have a verizon ipad mini Retina with an active sim. I've inserted it on my att 6 plus and can confirm that it does work.

    It is just that Verizon will not activate the new sim card since it's not registered to their network.

    Just an FYI T-mo/ATT/Verizon 6/6 Plus (except Sprint) has the same A1549/A1522 model number.
     
  11. foster26 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thats kinda what i thought, but wanted confirmation. I guess i have to wait for apple ro release a full unlocked phone so i can get it. As i dont have a sim card with my current phone.
     
  12. duaneu macrumors 6502a

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    Verizon won't activate that one either. You would still need to already have a Verizon SIM.
     
  13. foster26 thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh that blows, any ideas on how to get one as i have the iphone 4.
     

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