Does no contract mean unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by schmidtyb43, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. schmidtyb43 macrumors newbie

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    I have a verizon iPhone 5 that I am wanting to sell on ebay, everyone on there has unlocked phones and I know that once I get a new phone my old iphone 5 is contract free. Is this the same thing as saying you have an unlocked phone?
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    No. You would want to get it unlocked by your carrier before you transfer service away from it.
     
  3. hagr182 macrumors regular

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    not at all, if you sell it people will only be able to use it on verizon sims. Unlocked phones (in general) can work on any network. Yours is just off contract.
     
  4. schmidtyb43 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so if I wanted to unlock it then how would I go about that and does it cost money?
     
  5. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    Verizon iPhone 5's are unlocked already from the factory.
     
  6. Bear macrumors G3

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    Unlocked for international use, it's still locked for use in the US.
     
  7. hagr182 macrumors regular

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    It costs money from externals sources, I highly recommend going the carrier route, as its legal and safer, though Ive heard some carriers do charge for this.

    As for prices I do not know, I remember seing guys doing it for 20 at the mall
     
  8. elementary macrumors newbie

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    Incorrect.

    Verizon iPhone 5 are GSM-unlocked for any carrier, including T-Mobile and AT&T. Verge and Engadget confirmed this with simple SIM swaps. (This is a change from the Verizon 4S, whose unlock was non-US only.)

    They are only compatible with Verizon+Global LTE bands however, so in the US you will be limited to WCDMA/HSPA+.
     
  9. PsstGreek macrumors 68040

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    You can use a Verizon iPhone 5 right now on T-Mobile or AT&T if you wanted.

    Only their 4S, once unlocked by Verizon can be used internationally.
     

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