Can Verizon Iphone 5 be activated with sim card from other carrier

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  1. Ntran macrumors member

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    Does anyone know if I can activate my Verizon Iphone 5 with a sim card from other carriers, let say ATT or T-Mobile?

    From my understanding, Verizon IPhone 5 can be used with ATT or TMobile, but I am not sure how it will work. Do I need to activate my phone with the original Verizon sim card that comes with it and the plug in the sim card from other carriers to use.

    What happen in the future if I loose my original Verizon sim card and want to reset my phone? Can I do the full reset without the Verizon sim card?

    Any advice is highly appreciated
     
  2. nolabell macrumors newbie

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    I am very interested in hearing an answer to this because I am on ATT and my girlfriend had a Verizon upgrade available. From what I have read, the Verizon phones are unlocked and you can use an ATT nano sim. I too would love to hear an answer on your question
     
  3. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Why don't you try it and see? The only way scientists find out anything is through research to test their hypotheses. Testing is how we know evolution is legitimate and creationism isn't.
    Even if someone else did test it, it's always better to have multiple people confirming it.

    Please post and let us know how it turns out.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    My guess is yes.
    Since the verizon i5 comes unlocked it should activate with any sim.
     
  5. Charadis, Oct 9, 2012
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    Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    I'm currently using my AT&T SIM card in my Verizon iPhone 5, and have been doing this since last Thursday. However, I had both phones activated before swapping sims. I attempted to bring my Verizon phone to an AT&T corporate store and have a SIM card moved to nano from my iphone 4 on att, but they told me to call support as they don't handle unlocked phones. :(

    So far, it's working well. Had problems with members on Verizon family plan calling my number at first, but it seems like those problems are gone now after I reset settings to default.

    -C
     
  6. nolabell, Oct 9, 2012
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    nolabell macrumors newbie

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    OK, so I take from your post, I should activate the Verizon iphone 5 with my girlfriends verizon number, go to the ATT store and purchase a nano sim for my ATT number, then I should be able to use my Att sim in the verizon phone, correct?
     
  7. Ntran thread starter macrumors member

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    I asked because I was expecting someone might already try and had the answer. If I tried, I would have the answer and would not post my question here. Please spend a few minutes to think before you post something meaningless and not beneficial to anyone.

    Btw I tried it myself and it works. I ordered the activation sim kit from T-mobile, cut down the sim and was able to activate my Verizon Iphone 5. You don't need a Verizon sim to activate your Verizon iPhone 5 - it's truly factory unlocked
     
  8. nolabell macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so it sounds like, I can just go to AT&T, buy a nano sim with my number and should be able to stick it into the Verizon iPhone 5?
     
  9. Voltik macrumors newbie

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    Do you guys get LTE, 4G, and/or 3G on AT&T and tmobile?
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No.
    With a verizon i5 you can't get LTE on AT&T or Tmobile.
    3G and HSPA+ yes.
     
  11. nolabell macrumors newbie

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    I'm fine with not having the LTE, just want to make sure I do all the proper activation that I will need to, to us the Verizon phone on att's network
     

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