iPhone5 upgrade confusion

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by warrensomebody, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. warrensomebody macrumors newbie

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    I currently have an ATT Family Plan with several phones. I originally had 2 iPhone 1s (yes, the original model) with unlimited data. My work gave me a free Galaxy Nexus and I plugged one of the iPhone 1 SIM cards in it and it worked no problem -- no contract change with ATT, and still unlimited data. Now I would like to upgrade the second phone to an iPhone 5, but I have several questions:

    1. When switching to the Galaxy Nexus without a contract change, did I actually get 4G LTE, or did this stay on the GSM network? How can I tell?

    2. ATT wants $30/month for unlimited data on the iPhone 5. Since I already have unlimited data, I spoke to them, and they claim this actually enables 4G LTE. Will making this change affect my Galaxy Nexus? (As far as ATT is concerned, I still have 2 iPhones.)

    3. Can I purchase an unlocked iPhone 5 and simply plug in the iPhone 1's SIM card like I did with the Nexus? I've heard that you can purchase unlocked iPhones from Verizon that work on the ATT network. (I'm in the USA.)

    Thanks,
     
  2. Kaze105 macrumors member

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    1. Depends on the Galaxy Nexus version you are getting. If its the unlocked GSM galaxy nexus, it only has HSPA+, so you get non LTE 4G. Sprint and Verizon version of Galaxy nexus does not work for AT&T.

    2. AT&T doesnt offer unlimited data for smartphones any longer. They do provide unlimited data for dumbphone for 30 dollars a month. (or very old iphones) I have a Samsung galaxy nexus purchased from play store. It works just fine on AT&T dumbphone plan. I get around 6mbps download 1-2mpbs upload.

    3. Probably not. iphone imei are probably registered with at&t so once you connect the sim card, at&t should detect that its iphone. You will also have to cut the sim card as the size are different. It will work with at&t, but they will probably force you to get a data plan, some people have said they were able to keep it though.
     

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