replacement iPhone5 locked to Verizon?

isaber5

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Sep 22, 2012
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So I heard verizon iphone5s are unlocked out of the box.

I got replacement iPhone out of white box at apple store yesterday and while activating it, I noticed extra locking step that wasn't present when I activated original phone earlier.

While activating it told me to,

1. choose national carrier that I want my phone to be locked to.
2. only option I could choose was verizon
3. I selected it and it gave me warning "This can not be undone"
4. I had to lock my phone in order to pass the step.

So, am I screwed as international traveller?

Do people who got their iphone shipped directly from apple.com had this step too?

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bump, anyone ordered verizon iphone5 from apple store?
 

isaber5

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Original poster
Sep 22, 2012
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can anyone confirm?

This sucks because I can't return this replacement phone to verizon -_-
 

Gregintosh

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Jan 29, 2008
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Can you get a hold of an AT&T nano sim (maybe from someone with an AT&T iPhone 5?) and test it out?

If its unlocked, their nano sim should work on your phone and AT&T signal should appear (and be functional). That's the best way to test it 100%.

I am curious about this as well because I am going to be traveling internationally and I had always thought that Verizon unlocks devices for international use (I have been a subscriber just over a year, so I am past the 60/90 day rule, as I bought the phone full price this time).

If I can't use the iPhone 5 internationally then I will need a backup plan.
 

i-John

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Jul 14, 2008
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If you get a iPhone from Verizon, the LTE/CDMA will be locked to Verizon.

If you want to use it overseas (or on AT&T), you get HSPA+. That's what is unlocked.
 

SavMBP15

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Mar 26, 2010
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Verizon will also unlock the GSM portion of the phone for those that are traveling internationally. Just give CS a call (have to be in good standing with your account).