Might some AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7 Plus Phones Work With Verizon?

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  1. bigt305234 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, everyone!

    Is it possible for some AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7 Plus phones to work with Verizon?

    Before you tell me, "AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phones will never work on Verizon," follow me on this.

    I know Apple has said that the AT&T and T-Mobile phones are not CDMA-compatible and that CDMA compatibility is required for Verizon service. However, I also understand that some AT&T and T-Mobile iPhone 7 Plus phones have the Qualcomm modem inside, which is almost certainly the same modem the Verizon phones have inside.

    It makes me wonder: If I was lucky enough to have gotten an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 7 Plus with a Qualcomm modem in it, might it work flawlessly with Verizon?

    If my unlocked T-Mobile phone happens to have a Qualcomm chip in it, I seriously doubt Apple or Qualcomm went out of their respective ways to permanently disable the CDMA functionality in the Qualcomm chip. I doubt Apple ordered a separate Qualcomm chip that is CDMA-incompatible or that Apple wrote code into iOS that permanently disables CDMA functionality if the modem chip is CDMA-compatible at a hardware level.

    Does anyone know the answer to this question? Or has anyone tried to activate an AT&T or T-Mobile iPhone 7 on Verizon; and if so, what was the result? I would really like to find this out without having to buy a Verizon Prepaid sim card and try it myself, as this question has plagued me since I ordered my phone on pre-order day (they forced me to get the T-Mobile version because I wanted to pay for the phone in full and didn't have a Verizon account). :)

    Also, as a side question, without opening or jailbreaking the phone, how does one check their iPhone 7 Plus’s modem brand?

    Thanks!
     
  2. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    Source?
     
  3. realeric macrumors 6502a

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    We can't say it's impossible but I guess Apple would have locked the feature.
     
  4. cwosigns macrumors 65816

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    From Apple's website, it doesn't seem likely. This is why the Verizon version is always popular on launch day because it's universally compatible and unlocked. [​IMG]
     
  5. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    If you get one that does, buy a lotto the same day!!
     
  6. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    My understanding is that all T-Mobile/AT&T model of the 7 and 7 Plus will come with Intel chip only. and the Verizon/Sprint Model only comes with Qualcomm.
     
  7. bigt305234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sure. On PhoneArena.com:
    "According to the latest report, the Qualcomm modem is in use on all of the Verizon and Sprint branded iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. Meanwhile, Qualcomm and Intel split the modem chores on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units offered by T-Mobile, AT&T and most overseas carriers."
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Rumo...els-of-the-iPhone-7-and-iPhone-7-Plus_id85278

    There are a few other stories out there from other sources, like Forbes, that state Intel and Qualcomm split the iPhone 7 modem business.
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Interesting.
    How could one verify if that is possibly happening with some AT&T or T mobile iPhone 7 models?
    I have a T mobile 7 Plus.
    Is there a way to find out the internal modem chip kind without borrowing someones Verizon sim card?
     

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