Unlocked Verizon IPhone 5 on AT&T

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nkaufman, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. nkaufman macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Can a unlocked Verizon IPhone 5 be set up to work on AT&T/T-Mobile?

    I thought it can be done but am not 100% sure. Any thoughts?

  2. cfairbank macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2006
    Similar question, I have an iPhone 6 AT&T unlocked and would like to sell. Anyone know if it would work on sprint.
  3. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    No a AT&T 6/6 Plus unlocked will Not work on Sprint. Period. However AT&T 6/6 Plus unlocked will work on Verizon. Provide that you insert an active Verizon sim card into the phone it will work just fine.
  4. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    Yes, the Verizon iPhone 5 comes unlocked for GSM use out of the box. I've been using a Verizon 5 since launch a couple of years ago on my AT&T account. Granted, I am limited to HSPA+ (AT&T's 4G), but I've had no noticeable problems with using it on the network. I receive texts and calls just fine. Sent from my iPad.

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  5. nkaufman thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2012
    So it seems that phone will work on AT&T but without LTE. Is that correct?


    Cfairbank - As much as I believe in the more discussion the better it is, it becomes a hassle when people hijack the thread. Now instead of focussing on question of phone from Verizon to ATT, your action is going to get the discussion on another issue of AT&T to Sprint. A separate question would have been better, in my opinion.
  6. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    Absolutely, you can get up to 4G on AT&T with the Verizon 5. I have not tried it on Tmobile though. Sent from my iPad.
  7. dickdaney macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    Verizon 5 will work on AT&T and you'll get HSPA+ only, no LTE. AT&T uses different LTE bands than Verizon and the iPhone didn't support multiple LTE bands until the 5S.

    Verizon 5 will work on T-mobile but you'll get EDGE only. No 3G/4G, and No LTE. T mobile uses different GSM bands than A&T (in most markets) and deferent LTE bands than AT&T and Verizon. There are a few markets where T-mobile uses the same GSM bands as AT&T, but I have not seen a map/document that states where those areas are. This is a result of the spectrum that AT&T had to give T-mobile after the failed AT&T buyout.

    I've been using my Verizon 5 on AT&T since Jan 2014.

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