Carrier If I buy a T-mobile iphone 5s, can I use it on a Verizon carrier?

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  1. arctyler macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2011
    I'm looking at a new in box T-mobile iPhone 5s 64gb, and I was considering buying it, he says he bought it straight from apple, and is T-mobile based so it works with most carriers, will that work with my Verizon plan, if I was to buy that iphone 5s?
  2. Nlynn527 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    I don't think it will.
  3. Oui macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2012
  4. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    It's only the other way around, except for Sprint.
  5. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    Only a Verizon iPhone will work on TMO, a TMO iPhone won't work on Verizon.
  6. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    No. Buy a VZW iPhone 5S and you can use it on VZW, AT&T, TMo, and overseas.
  7. JOSE891 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2012
    Las Vegas
    All the 5S Radio Chips are the same, but Apple blocks the CDMA portion required to use on Sprint/Verizon to work.

    I tried a Verizon 5 sim on a 5s and it works but it says no service
  8. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    This is the best advise.

    You can't use a Tmobile or ATT 5S on Verizon even though it has the band built in. However you can use a VZW phone for any service with all LTE bands working.

    Believe it or not if OP is willing to buy 2nd hand the VZW iphones are a bit cheaper :)
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    For whatever reasons, Verizon will not allow any phone/tablet on their network that they did not sell. they say this is necessary to protect the network. (seriously?)
  10. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    There was a huge discussion on this here. Here's the link. Hopefully, it will answer your question.

    It seems that your T-Mobile 5S will work on Verizon, but it will only work on Verizon LTE only (NOT on 3G and 4G), unlock required which requires 40 days of service with T-Mobile before they will unlock your 5S.
  11. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Of course, LTE is data only (at least until VoLTE is deployed) so when a call is placed it falls back to 3g or lower 1x for the voice service. If the phone won't work on those bands, it can't make/receive phone calls!
  12. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    Apple doesn't block jack. Verizon won't activate any device that isn't labeled as a VZW device on their network. They're anal about that kinda crap. They have a list of IMEIs of iPhones that are all sold as Verizon iPhones.

    You can get a LTE nano sim from an already activated VZW iPhone and use that for LTE data only, but you won't get voice or 3G services.
  13. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    According the that chart, if OP signs up with Verizon on his T-Mobile 5S, he will still be restricted from using 3G/4G.

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