List of networks an unlocked iPhone works on?

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  1. GhostMac24 macrumors 6502

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    Have an unlocked iPhone 5 and trying to figure out what networks other than it's original network (ATT) it will work on.

    Found a thread that talks about 5S/5C. From what I gather, ATT and TMobile for sure but not sure about the others (non big name) like Cricket, etc.

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. Menel macrumors 603

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    Cricket, yes. It's an ATT subsidiary.

    Straighttalk SIM for ATT or TMo.
     
  3. GhostMac24 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. ineel macrumors regular

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    The official carriers that the unlocked at&t iPhone 5 will work on in the United States include Alaska Communications, Consumer Cellular, Cricket Wireless, Family Mobile, GCI, Net10, Straight Talk, T-Mobile, and Union Wireless.

    Those are just the "official" carries in the US and that just means when you pop in your respective sim card from one of those companies, your phone will automatically configure your data/mms features. Non "official" carriers will require you to manually enter in APN and such for data and/or MMS services.
     
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    Interesting, had no idea. Great input. THANKS SO MUCH!
     
  6. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Here is a list of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) in the US:

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_mobile_virtual_network_operators

    Unlocked iPhones should work on all the ones using AT&T or T-Mobile's network.

    Caveat with T-Mobile, some GSM models (launch-day iPhone 5 and earlier, international versions) don't support some of the bands T-Mobile uses for 3G/HSPA and LTE. While T-Mobile has refarmed the 1900 band (iirc) to HSPA in some areas, others might still need AWS 1700 so you're stuck with EDGE in those places. T-Mobile is offering iPhone loaners for test driving their network. I think taking advantage of the offer is a good way to check T-Mobile coverage in your area.
     
  7. GhostMac24 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    WOW, good to know. That is pretty cool that they do that.
     

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