Is Verizon's 5S unlocked like it was last year? Apple won't say

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  1. benyben123 macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    Does anyone have a clue if the 5S (from Verizon) is unlocked?

    Last year, the 5 was unlocked. But at the Apple store all I got from two employees is "sorry, i don't know".

    Thanks!
     
  2. apple-cs macrumors member

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    They don't know. That would be a question for Verizon anyway. Once they get a hold of it, it's theirs.
     
  3. benyben123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But im talking about buying it from the apple store at full price. The verizon one, but at full price (no contract).
     
  4. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    Yes it's factory unlocked. All Verizon's recent lte phones are unlocked out the box whether you buy on contract or off. There are threads on here stating that


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  5. benyben123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you SO MUCH! Gonna hit the Apple store right now based on that info, so thanks again :)
     
  6. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    No problem !


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  8. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Person at the Apple store told me it was on Fri.
     
  9. benyben123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about the T-Mobile version from the apple store?
     
  10. cnotes2019 Suspended

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    Buy it full priced from Apple yes its unlocked
     
  11. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

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    I too can confirm that my 64GB White/Silver iPhone 5S for Verizon was unlocked out of the box.
     
  12. benyben123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm new to this forum you guys are so helpful thanks so much!!!
     
  13. Hiro.K macrumors newbie

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    If i buy from Verizon at full price, is that iPhone5S still unlocked?
     
  14. wxman2003 Suspended

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    Yes it is unlocked. Several people have posted they have already used it on t-moblie and AT&T, and it fact getting LTE with those carriers. This would be the first phone on the market that is completely unlocked and capable of using LTE on all major US carriers, not counting Sprint.
     
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It sure is. I'm running on AT&T's LTE network on my Verizon iPhone 5s and don't even have a Verizon account. It's a requirement of Verizon's LTE license. I'm not sure why the FCC required it only of Verizon's spectrum and not the rest of the 700MHz spectrum that AT&T bought, or the AWS or 2500MHz spectrum Sprint bought, but every Verizon LTE device must be unlocked.

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    Yep. And it's unlocked even if you buy it subsidized under contract.
     
  16. 1twojay macrumors newbie

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    anyone know how to get a full price verizon phone now?

    all the stores (including apple store) won't sell them device only, must be bought with contract. Whats up?
     
  17. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    It is an FCC mandate that ALL Verizon's LTE phones come factory SIM unlocked.

    Even if you buy a verizon iPhone under contract, it will still be SIM unlocked.
     
  18. 1twojay macrumors newbie

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    I don't need a contract, just phone itself. And they won't sell anything off contract. Can I cancel immediately after purchasing the phone
     
  19. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    have you considered buying an AT&T iPhone at full price? restoring it in iTunes will unlock it. I bought one at the apple store full price on friday, and unlocked it 30 mins later. "Device Only" and told them i didn't wanna activate service.
     
  20. 1twojay macrumors newbie

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    Yea i don't mind getting AT&T, problem is the ppl at the apple store won't sell it to me device only. Are they allowed to do that?
     
  21. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    they did it to me. and they've done it with various others. Find a different specialist, talk to a manager, or find a new store. There is no specific apple policy preventing "device only" purchases.
     
  22. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Clue: Why was the 5 unlocked? Has anything changed since then? This is a very common topic.
     

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