When Verizon iPhone 4S is unlocked

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by profinite, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. profinite macrumors member

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    I understand that, after a certain number of days in good customer standing, Verizon will unlock your iPhone 4S. Which part(s) of the phone will be unlocked, GSM side and/or CDMA side? :confused:
     
  2. Trauma1 macrumors 6502a

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    GSM. You can't "unlock" CDMA.

    And supposedly you can only use the GSM band outside of the United States.
     
  3. profinite thread starter macrumors member

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    In other words, a GSM-unlocked Verizon-issued iPhone 4S cannot run on the AT&T circuit?
     
  4. Ksizzle9 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a dread

    Hopefully one day their will be a software hack allowing sprint and Verizon iPhones to run on stateside carriers. I know vzw locked this feature out of the droid incredible 2, but I was, thru lots of trial and error and help from some great devi eventually able to get it to work on both AT&T and tMo, so this would make the CDMA IPhones great bc not only would they work on CDMA(the unlocked versions won't here n the states) but they would also work stateside for AT&T and tmo. This would be the one hack I'm waiting for that would make my day for good.
     
  5. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    You are correct it won't work.
     
  6. profinite thread starter macrumors member

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    I am curious as to how Apple accomplishes this. I thought that the iPhone 4S sold by AT&T, Verizon, etc. is identical, except for lock on each carrier.

    Am I correct to assume that the iPhone 4S provided to Verizon by Apple has some internal electronic restriction on its GSM circuitry that prevents it from being recognized by AT&T and T-Mobile networks?

    If so, is the restriction based on operating frequencies, or something else?
     
  7. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a

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    GSM. And it will only be unlocked to U.S carriers.

    You won't be able to use it on T-Mobile or AT&T.
     

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