Is the T-Mobile iPhone 6 able to use CDMA?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sunbear, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. sunbear macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2014
    The apple specs for the iPhone 6 suggest there are 3 different models for the iPhone 6:
    1. Model A1549 (GSM)*
    2. Model A1549 (CDMA)*
    3. Model A1586*

    The only iPhone 6 that is available at the moment without a contract is from T-Mobile. I am guessing that if you purchase from T-Mobile you are given the Model A1549 (GSM).

    Say I decide at a later stage to move to Verizon. Does anyone know if I will be able to use this model to connect to Verizon's CDMA network, or has apple completely excluded any CDMA capability from the T-Mobile model hardware/firmware?

    If T-Mobile iPhone 6's aren't capable of CDMA then this would mean that it would not be possible to bring your device from T-Mobile and even make a phone call on the Verizon network (at least until Verizon rolls out VoLTE in 2015), limiting any portability to just AT&T and other non-US GSM networks. This would seem to make the Verizon Model A1549 (CDMA) of the iPhone 6 a more flexible choice than the Model A1549 (GSM) from T-Mobile (at least if I can believe the specs on the apple website).
  2. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    no, you won't. you can go verizon to t-mobile, but not the other way around.
  3. sunbear thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2014
    So are you saying that the hardware for the Verizon model differs from the T-Mobile model even though it confusingly has the same A1549 model number? That's a real shame if it's the case. It also implies that the Verizon model should have a higher resale value than the T-Mobile model.
  4. JuNxXxReY macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2008
    Actually, if your iPhone 6 is unlocked, it will work on CDMA.
  5. mgmusicman94 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2008
    The hardware is identical. Verizon basically has a list of IMEIs they'll allow on their network, and even if you have an unlocked phone that was sold as T-Mobile or AT&T, it still wont be on their list. Therefore it wont work on their network. It has the capability to work on their network, they just wont let it on.


    If it's unlocked, that means it's GSM unlocked. It will work with any GSM carrier in the US or Internationally, but not Verizon

    Edit: Looks like I'm wrong.

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