Will a Verizon iPhone work on T-Mobile?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Stayfly2407, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. Stayfly2407 macrumors 6502

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    Looking for a used iPhone for my dad. He has tmobile, but that narrows my search. I know AT&T will work if it's unlocked, but what about Verizon? If so, will vzw have to be unlocked too?
     
  2. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    What kind of iPhone? I know the iPhone 5s will.
     
  3. Stayfly2407 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Something cheaper like a 4S or a 5
     
  4. Prof. macrumors 601

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    The 4S will not work. A 5, 5S and 5C will (they're unlocked).
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Exactly.
    4S will not.
    iPhone 5 and newer will work with tmobile and all gsm carriers in the world.
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Two folks in my family that have a Verizon iPhone 5 and later switched to AT&T don't get LTE on AT&T, .. 4G is as fast as it goes with the iPhone 5. Not sure if T-Mobile is the same.
     
  8. nickprete11 macrumors regular

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    Yes, it will work, but the iPhone 5 for Verizon doesn't have T-Mobile's HSPA+ (4G) network bands to work, and it'll only work on the refarmed 1900MHz 4G, which is typically only in metro areas, big cities (New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, etc) and suburbs. Also, the Verizon iPhone 5 would work on the EDGE (2G) network out of those heavily populated areas. LTE will not work. I would suggest picking up a T-Mobile iPhone 5c, as it supports T-Mobile's full network capabilities and they typically sell for around the same price point.
     

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