Is Verizon iPhone 6 The Same As T-Mobile iPhone 6?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ghsNick, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. ghsNick macrumors 68020

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    Hi Guys!

    So I'm switching from Verizon to T-Mobile. I'm on a family plan and will be saving $100 a month and get an additional 30GB per month.

    I went into T-Mobile and explained that I will be trading in a flip phone and buying their cheapest phone so they'll pay our ETF from Verizon. The guy said that's fine and they'll activate the cheap phone I buy and port my number over.

    I then mentioned that I have an iPhone 6 on Verizon and I'd like to have everything ported over to it after they give me my flip phone. He said that was ok BUT there would be a few minor differences.

    He mentioned that Verizon's iPhone 6 is different from T-Mobile's (the antennas inside) and I could have some minor issues on 4G LTE or when sending picture messages. He recommended I trade in my iPhone 6 and buy one from them if I didn't want to have any issues.

    I understand he was trying to sell a phone but I'm pretty certain the Verizon iPhone 6 is the same as T-Mobile's iPhone 6. Can anyone confirm this?

    I'd like to pull the trigger but I want to make sure I have everything squared away and don't run into any issues.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Samanosuke macrumors 6502

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    What he said was ********. Currently using a Verizon iPhone 6 on T-Mobile with 0 issues. He's just trying to make a sale.

    Change your plan. Put your sim in your Verizon phone, call it a day.
     
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Both Verizon and T-Mobile use the same iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) model, so there's definitely nothing different as far as hardware.
     
  4. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks man! I figured but wanted to double check with some handy folks on MacRumors.

    Have you noticed any major differences? Obviously afraid with coverage but I live in the Tampa Bay area and it looks like there's 4G LTE everywhere (according to their maps).
     
  5. Eau Rouge macrumors regular

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    Why don't you do the Test Drive thing with a loaner phone? Use it for a week and see if the service is acceptable for you.
     
  6. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Wait - does this also apply to the iPhone 5S?

    My sister and brother in law want to join but they have a Verizon 5S.
     
  7. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Just signed up for it!

    My only question is would you login to your Apple ID? I'm not sure how comfortable I feel logging in with my Apple ID on a loaner device. I can always go ahead and use it without the Apple ID - I just thought I'd ask!
     
  8. Eau Rouge macrumors regular

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    You have to wipe the phone in order to return it anyway, so you should be fine. Change your password for peace of mind, if you like. Or you create a dummy id but that's a hassle if you use anything other than free apps.
     
  9. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think I might just do it without the Apple ID login or do the dummy account.

    I wouldn't mind changing my password before getting the phone and then getting it back, but Apple doesn't let you use an old password.
     
  10. Samanosuke macrumors 6502

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    Service is flawless and at times better than T-Mobile phones.
     
  11. Samanosuke macrumors 6502

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    Yes applies to 5s too.

    Currently using iPhone 5s from Verizon on T-Mobile as well.
     
  12. btrav13 macrumors 6502

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    The 5S, 6 and 6 Plus are all unlocked with the exception of T-Mobiles. For some reason they had theirs locked. I work for Verizon and we activate ATT/Sprint iPhones all the time. Our also work elsewhere, including T-Mobile. You just can't take a T-Mobile one to another carrier (trust me on this, I've tried...well, I've tried a Verizon SIM and it won't ever get voice service).
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    At least for iPhone 6 you can certainly get an unlocked T-Mobile one that will work just fine on other carriers like AT&T for example. Sprint's generally won't work on Verizon without perhaps some tricks of using an already activated SIM. Similarly an unlocked T-Mobile one or AT&T one can work on Verizon when using an already activated SIM.
     
  14. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816

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    So if I pre order the iPhone (2015 edition) T-Mobile unlocked on Apple online store not T-Mobile, and place my current Verizon Sim, It will work 100%?
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Based on essentially all the feedback and threads about it in many places online, yes, it should work.
     
  16. Samanosuke macrumors 6502

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    This I can't comment on as certainly.

    As I understood it because of software the iPhone 6 from T-Mobile will work on Verizon but it won't receive LTE. I could be wrong about this so don't quote me.

    I've never bought a T-Mobile iPhone to use on Verizon. Just Verizon iPhone's to use on T-Mobile.
     
  17. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    The T-Mobile model of iPhone 6 is the same one as the Verizon model, so LTE will work with both carriers (as well as on AT&T which also uses the same model). iPhone 5 has some differences where LTE won't be supported based on different models, but since then that has changed.
     
  18. Samanosuke macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for clearing that up.
     
  19. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    T MOBILE / AT&T / VERIZON are MODEL A1549

    SIM FREE / SPRINT are MODEL A1586

    So yes the T mobile and Verizon are the same iPhone 6.
     
  20. sura macrumors newbie

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    Verizon's smartphones are unlocked so they can be used on T-Mobile. I tried one on AT&T for a while. That said, there can be some differences depending on your location and the tower bands available. The two carriers don't use exactly the same bands & frequencies. Check out the graphic to see the differences.

    Carrier spectrum.jpg
     

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