replacement iPhone5 locked to Verizon?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 22, 2012
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 had this step too?


bump, anyone ordered verizon iphone5 from apple store?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 22, 2012
can anyone confirm?

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


macrumors 68000
Jan 29, 2008
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.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 14, 2008
The Republic of Texas
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.


macrumors 6502
Mar 26, 2010
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).