My Verizon iPhone 4S contract expired. Can I use it on another carrier?

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  1. Knockoutjosie macrumors 6502

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    Yes my phone is jailbroken. I'm wondering if I can use it on another carrier
     
  2. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Jailbroken doesn't necessary mean it's unlocked. But yes, you definitely can use it on another carrier.
     
  3. Knockoutjosie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What carriers can I use it on? Any plans that have some minutes and unlimited texting?
     
  4. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

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    No, you cannot use it on another US carrier. The phone is different than the ones used on AT&T and T-Mobile. However, you can use it outside of the US if you put in a foreign SIM card.
     
  5. 617aircav Suspended

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    look at the gsm carriers in your area and check their websites.
     
  6. Knockoutjosie thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Verizon uses CDMA
     
  7. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You can't. Even when Verizon unlocks the phone for you it's only for international GSM networks and won't work on AT&T or Tmobile here in the USA.

    Your best bet is to sell it to someone who is on Verizon and use the money towards buying the AT&T or factory unlocked model.
     
  8. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    The Verizon 4S is capable of CDMA/GSM networks. If you want to use it on US GSM carrier, I heard the method is kind of complicated. You'll have to use a GPP/software unlock sim chip of sort. Otherwise, it can be flashed to other CDMA carriers like Pageplus, Cricket, etc.,.
     
  9. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

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    Unlocking your iPhone is so worth it, and can use the iPhone on any network after it unlocks.

    Unlocking is not temporary and I would actually unlock it forever then use the jailbreak way cause once you lose jailbreak, you lose your unlock.

    I personally use http://atfdl.com/store/ cause if you find a cheaper price, they match it and they did in quite quick.

    I found other sites just from a quick Google search, but some had lots of misspellings and were actually more expensive.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Knockoutjosie thread starter macrumors 6502

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  11. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

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    Yep, just gotta have a T-Mobile plan obviously but all the hardware is there.
     
  12. NewAnger macrumors 6502a

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    I've also heard and read on this very forum that the Verizon iPhone 5 will also work on AT&T but for 3G only.
     
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    If the Verizon phone doesn't end up working for GSM carriers, u can always sign up with one of the many Verizon's MVNOs. They are reseller carriers who use verizon towers and you prepaid them, which for a lot of people not an issue. Google for Verizon MVNO. Here u don't even have to worry whether you phone is unlocked.
     
  14. DayOfChaos, Mar 31, 2013
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    Nope, if you buy a VZW iPhone 5, it will fully work on AT&T networks.

    Does not include LTE. I figured that was a given, but..I'll put it here now. It won't pick up LTE.
     
  15. Givmeabrek macrumors 68030

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    Nope, LTE is not compatible. So much misinformation in this thread. Might be best to ignore it entirely.....
     
  16. avanpelt macrumors 68020

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    It will work with AT&T GSM and HSPA+ (what AT&T marketing spin calls "4G"); but it will not work with AT&T LTE. The LTE radio in the Verizon iPhone 5 cannot access the bands AT&T uses for LTE.
     
  17. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Unless u paid the early termination fee. No way your 2 year contract with verizon is over.

    iPhone 4S was not released 2 years ago. So verizon stopped doing one year contracts also.

    Did u buy iPhone 4S used? Or black market? Or full price?
     
  18. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

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    WRONG WRONG. A verizon Iphone 5 will not work on AT&T LTE.
     
  19. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

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    I didn't say LTE, I assumed that was a given, sorry. It will only work on everything but LTE.
     
  20. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

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    So "fully works" really means only "partly works"?
     
  21. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

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    Did you not read my post?
     
  22. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    jeebus we are talking about the 4s, not the 5:cool:
     
  23. DayOfChaos macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. I was wondering how we got onto the 5. lol.
     
  24. apollo1444 macrumors 65816

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    no you cannot the iPhone 4S is not unlocked for US use... lots of clueless souls on this thread
     
  25. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    Can across this post that was directly under this one, check it out: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1564616

    Talks about unlocking the Verizon iPhone 4S with some chip that was mentioned in this post earlier. Hope this helps.
     

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