iPhone 4S: factory unlocked vs. AT&T unlocked vs. Verizon unlocked

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 13ms13, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. 13ms13 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Tychy, Poland
    I have found no satisfying answer to my problem.
    I understand a factory unlocked will work on any any American or foreign GSM network.
    However, I'm confused when it comes to Verizon/AT&T unlocked iPhones. So far, I have concluded that AT&T unlocked iPhone 4Ss are equivalent to the factory unlocked ones and will work on any American/non-American GSM network. However, Verizon unlocked iPhones will work on foreign GSM networks but they will only work on Verizon (CDMA) in the US.
    Is all of that correct? Anything else I should know? Also, is the Verizon unlock permanent?
    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Tell u what, if I pay full price for the phone usd$600+ I demand that it works everywhere.

    They say new iPhone has both radios CDMA and GSM, but some vendors one radio is disabled. WHAT? What kind of scam is that?

    I go overseas and no where else do they LOCK your phone to a carrier. The U.S. cell industry is so in-bed with the $&%@& politicians and we're taking it.
  3. Mliii macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Yes. This is accurate.

    That's also accurate.

    This is also correct.


    You're welcome! Hope that helped.


  4. 13ms13 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Tychy, Poland
    Thanks Mliii, that's exactly the answer I was looking for.

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