Has anyone purchased a Verizon iPhone with it being Unlocked for GSM?

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  1. bdzer macrumors member

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    According to many articles the Verizon iPhones are unlocked and I just wanted a little confirmation before I go and purchase my own.
     
  2. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

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    You might want to hold off. They might "fix" this with a software update.
     
  3. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't think they will be doing this, I read that it is completely intentional that it's Unlocked to allow Verizon users to switch when going out of the country.
     
  4. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

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    Link? I didn't see anywhere that said it was intentional. Sprint sold the 4S unlocked last year at launch and quickly fixed it.
     
  5. tdar macrumors 6502a

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    Verizon is under FCC mandate to not lock any phone that uses LTE band C. It will not be locked.
     
  6. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll go back and try to find the article I read it from.

    I also purchased the 4S last year, an AT&T one at full price and it was completely unlocked and still is. I'm using it as we speak.

    This is about exactly what I read, as well.
     
  7. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

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    Well that is amazing news! So will the new Droids be shipping like this as well?
     
  8. tdar macrumors 6502a

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    If it uses LTE band C. Which it will. Note that it only really helps you if a phone also is a GSM "World Phone".
     
  9. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    Not entirely sure, but I wouldn't doubt it. I just want one to use under T-Mobile. :D
     
  10. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

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    Right, which the iPhone is. I'm not planning on using a Droid ever again...so doesn't effect me what they do.

    Well from what everyone one is saying online and all the videos it looks like you are good to go.
     
  11. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    Tommorrow is an exciting day for me!

    Selling my 4S to a friend and obtaining the new 5. GEEKING OUT, YO.
     
  12. tdar macrumors 6502a

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    I had hoped that as the CDMA iPhone supports the 2100 band that would work on T-Mobile before the re farm but no...no 1700 support. SO EDGE only until your refarmed.
     
  13. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    The reason why I'm on T-Mobile is because I'm under a family plan, I don't pay for any type of internet whatsoever, otherwise, I would be with another network. So, the band doesn't effect me at all. I just want a working iPhone 5 for myself under T-Mobile. :p
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I heard the same.
    Supposedly all Verizons i5 are unlocked and can be used with worldwide and even with US GSM carriers on 2G, 3G and HSPA+.
    But not LTE since the Verizon i5 doesnt include AT&T's LTE bands.
     
  15. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad I'm not the only one! I just want to knock out and wake up tomorrow, and buy the phone!
     
  16. dave006 Contributor

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    The AT&T version might meet your needs on T-Mobile. It also is available from Apple retail as a "Device Only" purchase and Unlocked.

    It is all related to how the AT&T / Verizon iPhone 5 units are processed at the POS from the Apple retail store.

    It the Apple rep enters your phone number on the checkout screen, it will be locked to the carrier even if you pay the no-commitment price.

    Make sure that they do a "Device Only" sale on their POS device.

    Also note there are still differences between the AT&T and the Verizon/Sprint units support of LTE.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/21/...m-3g-networks/
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/21/33...5-gsm-unlocked
     
  17. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    Getting 404 on those links.

    I'm purchasing the Verizon phone off of Craigslist. :confused:
    Would I have any problems whether it's sealed or not? It has the receipt.
     
  18. dave006 Contributor

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    Hmm, why do they keep moving these.

    Try these:

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/21/3369702/verizon-iphone-5-gsm-unlocked

    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/21/verizon-iphone-5-confirmed-to-be-unlocked-on-gsm-3g-networks/

    Well check your receipt and see if it indicates No-contract and has no phone number listed. You will want to verify that at as an Apple retail store purchase as a "Device Only".

    Dave
     
  19. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    I read those articles, it does state "Even though I bought an iPhone 5 from Verizon under contract..." so it shouldn't matter, should it? :confused:

    What if it's sealed as well, I asked the guy and he says it hasn't been opened yet.
     
  20. dave006 Contributor

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    Well the only way to know 100% is to open the phone and test it with a different Carrier SIM. Does the seller indicate if it is an AT&T iPhone 5 or a Verizon unit from Apple retail or where?

    Also what carrier are you wanting to use this iPhone 5 on?

    Dave
     
  21. bdzer thread starter macrumors member

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    I could ask.

    I'm going to use it on T-Mobile. It matters where it was purchased?
     

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