Verizon vs Sprint Unlocked Qualcomm

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by twofourtt, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. twofourtt macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2017
    Hey All.. Quick Question because I have been sitting with a sealed box in front of me all night wondering..

    I have AT&T.

    I purchased in store today a Sprint (Qualcomm) 256 iPhone X (They were sold out of Verizon in 256).

    Most people here speak mostly of using Verizon models with AT&T/ T-mobile to get the benefit of the Qualcomm modem.

    Question.. Is there any difference between the Verizon and sprint models?
    Since I purchased in store and paid in full can't I just pop out the sprint sim and be good to go with AT&T? Why is the Verizon version most sought after if sprint is the same modem? ::confused::

    Are re-sale values different for Verizon and sprint unlocked (short term and long term?)

    Hoping someone can clear up.. thanks in advance
  2. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    ATT works. I bought a verizon phone with ATT perfectly. Verizon and Sprint models are identical i don't know if Sprint models are locked or not.
  3. tekm macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2010
    The Sprint variants are not locked if paid in full, at least if you order from the Apple Online store (and I presume the Apple Store as well). When I received the Sprint iPhone X today, which I ordered though a relative's account, I immediately swapped the Sprint SIM with my AT&T SIM before I even turned on the phone. After I turned on the phone and went through the activation page, the phone connected to the AT&T network without issue. I still needed to input the Sprint account owner's last 4 digits of SSN and PIN number but was able to proceed even with my AT&T sim card in the phone.
  4. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    The Sprint / Verizon are the exact same physical hardware. The Verizon iPhone is required to be sold with the GSM portion of the iPhone unlocked. This is because they got a sweet deal on some Cellular bands they purchased. Sprint does not have that restriction and can lock the GSM portion of the iPhone.

    If you did not provide any information to the rep at the store relating to a Sprint account then you purchased your Sprint iPhone X as what is known as a "Device Only" sale which means that both CDMA and the GSM hardware is unlocked. If you provided a Sprint phone number for your purchase your iPhone X may be locked to Sprint.

    The good news is that since you paid full price Sprint is required to unlock the iPhone however they do tend to take their sweet time processing unlock requests.

    So now you know why the Verizon models are the most popular for the most flexibility. No need to guess or hope that the GSM Modem is unlocked.

  5. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    Verizon phones are required to be unlocked (domestically at least) as a condition of their LTE frequency licenses.
  6. dave006 Contributor


    Jul 3, 2008
    Just West of East
    Did I forget the mention that in the second sentence of my post?

    Oh, no it's there and you even quoted it. However in your post your are wrong in your statement. Verizon is not required to provide the CDMA portion unlocked, only the GSM portion of the Verizon iPhone is unlocked. This is because they got a sweet deal on some Cellular bands they purchased.

  7. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    Last year I waltzed into a store about 2 weeks after launch and bought a 7Plus Sprint model (paid in full)... and poped in my T-Mo Sim. Worked fine. This year however I bought a verizon model for which I had to set up a line (so I could pre-order it).

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