Carrier Tmobile and verizon both unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by tm0000, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. tm0000 macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2014
    For the last two years, I have been buying the tmobile iphones (full price) from the apple site. The phones are unlocked and they work with sim cards from India. I think they use GSM?

    I read that if I pay full price for the verizon, it will be unlocked and it will work with the GSM networks? Is this true? So, does this mean I can buy either tmobile or verizon?

    I am in the US.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
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    No matter where you buy it and how much you pay for it, the Verizon version will be unlocked because of an agreement Verizon has with the FCC.

    That said, this year, I do not believe the Verizon model has GSM capability - only CDMA.
  3. C DM, Sep 22, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2016

    C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Verizon's model definitely has GSM capability, along with CDMA. The AT&T and T-Mobile model on the other hand only have GSM capability and no CDMA. At least that's the case for iPhone 7 line of phones.
  4. phobos512 macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2012
    High Desert, CA, USA
    And that belief would be wrong. It is in fact the exact opposite - TMo and AT&T phones have no CDMA capability; the reverse, however, is true. Verizon and Sprint do in fact have GSM capabilities.
  5. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Ahh, damnit!!! Had that reversed!!!

  6. vajeff macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2011
    I just did it yesterday for MB 7+ and Gold 7+ (Both Verizon). Was not on-line though. I lucked out on a random check, and saw the two I wanted on iStock at one of my local Stores in Virginia Beach, VA.

    I went to the IUP Reserve Site, and reserved them (one under my Apple Account, and the other under my wife's). We had a 5:00 Reservation showed up at 4:45 and we were out by 5:30.

    We wanted to do the Upgrade Program, but since we were not activating on Verizon we had to buy outright (just as I expected based on everything I have read on here). We like Interest Free stuff so we are using other money (at no cost to us) than what is in our accounts. We just applied in store for the Barclay Apple Visa (this is then considered Outright Purchased by Apple), and did them at 18 month interest free. We will have them paid for next year at this time to upgrade again.

    We left the store with the phones still sealed in the box, and when we got home, I popped our T-Mobile SIMs in and they are working just fine on T-Mobile.
  7. Zetanator macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2014
    Did Apple ask you for your a verizon account information?
  8. joshwithachance macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2009
    If you buy outright, they're all unlocked. Where they differ is that T-Mobile and AT&T only work on their GSM networks, where if you buy a Verizon or Sprint unlocked model it will work on all 4 major US carriers. So if you're planning to pay in full for it, may as well go with the Verizon or Sprint model.
  9. vajeff macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2011
    No they did not once we decided not to go IUP. We have T-Mobile, and we're just fine buying full price.
  10. rainafterthesun macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    It's only on or if you wanted to activate the line through apple...
  11. tm0000 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2014
    So, do I need a verizon account to buy full price from
  12. ncrotalus1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2016
    Thank you for sharing! I've been wondering if this would work. Good to see that it does. It expands the options!!
  13. bradley8795 macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2013
    Yes. If you go into a store you don't need an account. But online you do.

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