Verizon iPhone 5S for use on AT&T

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  1. iSaxon macrumors 6502a

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    I have been reading various topics but have yet to find a definitive answer.

    I am planning on buying the 5s flat full price. I am going to be using it on AT&T and want to know if I will have the same data speeds and battery life with the Verizon version as the AT&T version...

    I mainly just want the Verizon version so that it is unlocked... (If I'm not mistaken)

    Also, do I have to be a verizon customer to buy a verizon phone at full price?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I don't think you can use a VZW phone on AT&T.
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I may be wrong, but I thought the new unlocked phones (5,5s) work on any network.
     
  4. iSaxon thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I thought from reading around the forum. Everyone's saying something different lol
     
  5. got2go macrumors member

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    There are 2 models of the iPhone 5s for the United States. One will work on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon. The other is for Sprint (and Japan). If u get the unlocked Verizon model it should work with an AT&T Sim. I believe AT&T should sell unlocked versions as well.
     
  6. Namji macrumors 6502a

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1637205

    This should answer your question.
     
  7. Glaxx, Sep 19, 2013
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    I think a big question is whether or not the LTE will work.

    I have a Verizon iPhone 5, and it works fine with an AT&T SIM (out of the box). However, it only gets "4G" HSPA+ due to the radio configuration. Also, when it is connected to AT&T, their database is able to identify it as a Verizon iPhone 5 in some way (CS reps stated this over the phone).

    I know the new 5s/5c has a new radio, so this may be different. You just never know how VZW/AT&T will handle the other carrier's phones, especially when they can potentially identify it (see the Sprint/VZW problems).

    EDIT:

    See all the fuss about the Nexus 7 with Verizon LTE going on lately. This could be an indication that it may not work right away out of the box. I'll be getting one of these on launch day (hopefully) so I'll be able to test this and report back.
     
  8. jtp098, Sep 19, 2013
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  9. got2go macrumors member

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    All carriers except Sprint. The model for Sprint will work in Japan as well.
    The ATT/Verizon/T-Moblie will work with Verizon CDMA(3G), ATT/T-Mobile HSPA("4G") and LTE for all 3 carriers.
     
  10. Glaxx macrumors regular

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    Just because a phone has proper bands / radios, you can't be sure it will activate and get proper service from a specific carrier. See the Nexus 7 LTE model on Verizon having all sorts of issues.

    http://www.techhive.com/article/2048956/nexus-7-4g-lte-not-so-fast-verizon-says.html

    The iPhone will most likely work as you say, but we won't know for sure until people can test it.
     
  11. NYY FaN macrumors 6502

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    This. I've tried using a verizon iphone 5 with my ATT sim card and it was only getting 4G service, not LTE.
     
  12. got2go macrumors member

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    The nexus 7 will work with Verizon, but Verizon are being *******s and breaking their agreement with the FCC that was made during the 700mhz LTE auction to allow this device to use their network.

    It has nothing to do with the bands.

    Apple has already announced that the model for Verizon, AT&T and T-Moblie is the same. If u buy it unlocked it will work for any of these 3 carriers in the US and most of the world.

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    But the iPhone 5 radio is different than the iPhone 5s radio. The 5s radio has the most LTE bands of any phone ever released. This is why it will work for Verizon/AT&T/T-Moblie and your iPhone 5 will not.
     

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