Will this work?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by koigirl, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. koigirl macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    I want to buy a Verizon iphone 5 off-contract (device only) and use to finish out my AT&T 2-year contract, thus avoiding an ETF. My plan is to buy the phone and then get a nano-SIM card from AT&T to replace the micro SIM from my 4S. From all that I have read, the Verizon model comes unlocked. The rest of my family is on a Verizon family plan. This way, I can switch over with this phone to Verizon a) when my contract ends or b) when Verizon gets their simultaneous voice/data via Volt-E up and running (both factor into my decision). Plus I can hand this phone down to one of my children on Verizon when the next iPhone model is released next year.:D I realize I will only get HSPA+ speeds, not LTE, on ATT with this model but I can live with that.

    Anyone see any problems with this plan? Will ATT swap out the sim for me?
  2. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    It will work, and it's what I am doing now. I cut down my 4S sim to fit (template on the web) yet still went into AT&T (to change my messaging from 200 to unlimited).

    I went to a corporate store and the manager upon plugging my iPhone into his system was a bit surprised it was registered with AT&T (via the sim only) as, "iPhone and not, 'iPhone 5' like their system should have had it labeled, per this manager.

    He popped a new sim in- registering the number in his computer- said he, "zapped the sim" and replaced it with a new one and then got it to work after some effort.

    I don't know if he ever figured out it was a Verizon iPhone VS an AT&T model, and if he did- didn't mention it to me (yet was pretty chatty, so think it is the former rather than the latter).l

    Everything runs flawlessly yet the LTE doesn't work- just the 4G. I don't see much of a speed difference, but I am sure if I was a purist I would.

    Let us know how it works out for you!

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