Carrier Question about unlocked phones

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jazzer15, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. jazzer15 macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2010
    If I buy an unlocked iPhone from Apple will I be able to use the phone on either CDMA carriers like Verizon and GSM carriers (e.g., T-mobile) and switch between the two, or will I have to choose which type of network I will use the phone on?

    I tend to use prepaid third party carriers that piggyback on the major networks in the US and want to make sure that I can switch from one to another without a problem.
  2. Five_Oh macrumors regular


    Jan 7, 2017
    Flyover Country, USA
    If you buy a current model from Apple, you will be able to use it with any carrier.

    The new phones have the same modem this time around.
  3. gurase macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2015
    I would recommend buying the Verizon model from Apple or waiting for the sim free model.

    While theoretically all the models sold by Apple should be unlocked and able to be used on any carrier:
    - Several people have reported the AT&T model sold full price by Apple is in fact locked.
    - Sometimes it takes awhile for Verizon to whitelist all the IMEIs for other models. This means you would need an already active sim to use the phone on Verizon, and some features like wifi calling may not work.

    Edit: sorry I assumed you were talking about the XR specifically for some reason. The sim free XS/XS Max is already available.
  4. jazzer15 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2010
    Thanks for the information. I haven't decided on the model yet, but I very well may get an XR, so that is helpful to know.

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