Carrier So any/all iPhone 5S' are unlocked to work anywhere?

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  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

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    Hi all,

    So I've been placed with a task of buying an iPhone 5S for my aunt who currently living in Central America.

    Prices start at $700 in store without contract but eBay has them (brand new) between $500-$650.

    I'm simply wondering if buying any 5S will be unlocked to work with any carrier abroad.

    I swapped my SIM card on an iPhone 4S a while ago with no problems abroad; figuring the 5S should be just as easy.
     
  2. mrbrown macrumors 6502

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    If you buy an unlocked device, then yes, it should work on almost any GSM network worldwide. You can't just buy "any" 5S, though - it has to be an unlocked device or a locked device than can be unlocked (i.e. some carriers will not unlock).
     
  3. JCCL macrumors 6502a

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    T-mobile, AT&T or Verizon version, bought full price at an Apple Store, should work fine out of the box with any compatible GSM network.
     
  4. Winona Northdakota, Aug 9, 2014
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    Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

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    So any/all iPhone 5S' are unlocked to work anywhere?


    What country in Central America?

    https://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/

    The iPhone 5C or 5S bought from AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon won't work with LTE in Costa Rica, since they use band 7 (2600 MHz), from what I understand, though anything HSPA+ or lower is backwards compatible.
     

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