Is an unlocked A1429 iPhone 5 worth more than the A1428 model?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Lifetimechaldo, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. Lifetimechaldo macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2012
    I am planning on asking Verizon to unlock my 32gb iPhone 5 A1429 and temporarily switching my number to an old phone until the 6 comes out. I am doing this so I can sell my iPhone for the highest value (the value will go down once the 6 is out).

    From my understanding, the A1429 model (this is my model) works on both GSM and CDMA, making it a worldwide phone that can work with any carrier when it is unlocked. Is this correct?

    If so, how much are unlocked 32gb iPhone 5 A1429 worth these days?
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    You don't have to ask Verizon to unlock your iPhone. It's already unlocked and was unlocked right out of the box. It might be worth slightly more than the A1428 model but that's mainly because it's already unlocked. Being able to be used on Verizon in addition to AT&T/T-Mobile makes it easier to sell since you have a larger pool of people who can use it but not necessarily worth that much more.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Oh man, that hurts! :)

    You made all the $$$$$ signs go away!!! :(

  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Ask Verizon to unlock their already fully unlocked iPhone 5?
  5. Lifetimechaldo thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2012
    Oh I didn't know verizon phones were already unlocked. That's a good thing to keep in mind. Do you guys know around how much 32gb iPhone 5s go for these days?
  6. inclinati macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2014
  7. Lifetimechaldo thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2012
    Oh sorry, I meant the 32gb iPhone 5, not the 5s
  8. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Verizon iPhone 5 is limited to HSPA plus on ATT's network.

    It's only supports 850/1900 HSPA so T-mobile USA's HSPA band frequency is also very limited in certain markets. And it doesn't support T-mobile AWS 1700/2100 band for HSPA plus.

    It also more importantly doesn't support LTE bands on Tmobile USA or ATT.

    So a Verizon iPhone 5 while "unlocked" isn't as valuable (in my opinion) to a A1428 ATT "locked" iphone 5. Because at least ATT's "locked" iphone 5 you can still take the phone to the prepaid resellers like straight talk and even ATT's own AIO/Crickett wireless and still get LTE.

    The Verizon iPhone 5S is a whole different story since its not only unlocked but supports both ATT and Tmobile LTE networks.

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