Drawbacks of buying Unlocked Verizon iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 6thDAY, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. 6thDAY macrumors 6502a

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    So I'm planning to buy an iphone 4s for my friend so he can use it on t-mobile.

    Upon looking on ebay, the verizon ones seem to be selling at a cheaper rate then GSM version.

    Is there any disadvantages to buying an unlocked verizon iphone vs an unlocked gsm iphone?

    thanks
     
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You can't use a Verizon 4S on T-Mobile. It's only unlocked for international use. That's why they're going for less than the GSM ones.
     
  3. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    Now that IS a drawback!
     
  4. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

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    I believe he is correct.


    Now, the iPhone 5s & 5c are completely unlocked and usable on t-mobile. I believe the only place that wouldn't activate it is sprint.
     
  5. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Agreed. Get him an unlocked GSM IPhone (with AWS preferable) or Verizon 5S.
     
  6. blarivee, Jan 17, 2014
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    blarivee macrumors 6502

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    I believe iPhone 4S still did not have a universal baseband RF transceiver. So it will not work with T-Mobile's AWS for example.
     
  7. Charadis macrumors 6502a

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    Also the 5. ;)
     
  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    The 4S doesn't have any LTE support at all, as far as I recall. And, as mentioned before, the Verizon version, even when unlocked, doesn't support any US GSM providers at all (like T-Mobile or AT&T).
     
  9. blarivee, Jan 17, 2014
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    blarivee macrumors 6502

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    You're right. I mixed up the wrong iPhone models.
     

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