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arctyler

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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?
 

Nlynn527

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Jan 5, 2012
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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?

I don't think it will.
 
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rockitdog

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Only a Verizon iPhone will work on TMO, a TMO iPhone won't work on Verizon.
 
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JOSE891

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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?

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
 
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solo118

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May 16, 2011
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No. Buy a VZW iPhone 5S and you can use it on VZW, AT&T, TMo, and overseas.

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 :)
 
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old-wiz

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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?)
 
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ET iPhone Home

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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?

There was a huge discussion on this here. Here's the link. Hopefully, it will answer your question.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1637205/

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.
 
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Richdmoore

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There was a huge discussion on this here. Here's the link. Hopefully, it will answer your question.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1637205/

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.

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!
 
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Col Ronson

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Aug 7, 2008
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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

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.
 
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