Carrier iphone 5 verizon on international use

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  1. rav2113 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2013
    hello everyone, lets see if someone can answer my question... i havent really seen a straight answer online but here it goes.

    i have a iphone 5 currently on a plan with verizion.... i plan to travel to costa rica for a 1 year and use my phone over there.. I am aware that my phone is GSM unlocked internationally and that i can use it in costa rica..

    thing is that since i am still under a plan... i dont want my line to go to waste so i plan on activating another line and give it to my daughter... i spoke with the verizon rep she told me that if I activated my US line with another phone my phone will be "blacklisted" i am assuming she meant Bad ESN

    so my question is.... i dont care if my phone cant be activated in verizion anymore.... will it still work on my Costa rica GSM line??

    untimately i would just sell it un costa rica and buy my self a new phone when i get back to the US

    thanks in advance
  2. anaqvi786 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2013
    At iOS planet
    I know exactly what you mean, so I will try to answer your question.

    First, if your iPhone cannot be blacklisted (bad esn) just if a new phone is on the account. You can even ask the rep to clarify. So that is a plus

    As for you using it in coasta rica, it definitely will work. Even if you have a bad esn, it should work internationally. And since your phone is GSM unlocked (even works with AT&T), it should work with any carrier that supports the gsm bands that the iPhone supports. Just make sure you get prepaid ;)

    I hope this answers your question.
  3. rav2113 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2013
    thanks for the reply!!! ya... i called verizon they said that no problem.... stupid customer service never knows anything i was transfered 4 times to get a right answer.... lol

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