Your Experience running a Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T network?

braddick

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I have a Verizon iPhone5 I was going to trade for an AT&T network iPhone5 but was told I didn't need to do so.

I was instructed cutting down my AT&T iPhone4S sim to the micro size and simply inserting it in the Verizon iPhone sim tray would allow me to use this iPhone on the AT&T network.

Before doing so I thought I'd run it my the members here who may have read differently or have first hand experience, good or bad, in attempting to do so.
Thanks!
 

avanpelt

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I have a Verizon iPhone5 I was going to trade for an AT&T network iPhone5 but was told I didn't need to do so.

I was instructed cutting down my AT&T iPhone4S sim to the micro size and simply inserting it in the Verizon iPhone sim tray would allow me to use this iPhone on the AT&T network.

Before doing so I thought I'd run it my the members here who may have read differently or have first hand experience, good or bad, in attempting to do so.
Thanks!
I haven't done it personally, but keep in mind that while it *should* work on AT&T's network, the Verizon iPhone 5 will not be able to access AT&T's LTE network. I've read that it will, however, work on AT&T's HSPA+ "4G" network and their older 3G and 2G (Edge) networks.
 

scaredpoet

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You can use a Verizon iPhone 5 on the 3G HSPA+ network, but NOT on the LTE network. Verizon uses different LTE frequency bands than AT&T, and the LTE hardware for each model is set up differently.

If you plan on sticking with AT&T, then I would get an AT&T model iPhone 5.
 

braddick

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Thanks for the replies.
I do plan on sticking with AT&T (not that Verizon isn't a great cell company here in San Diego, but rather it is expensive for a single plan and AT&T offers better pricing for two or more lines...).

There is LTE in my area yet wonder how much of a "slow down" between this service and 3G/4G.

Also, how would I go about exchanging this iPhone? I purchased it at Radio Shack with a new Verizon contract- paid the fee to get out of the contract having ported the number back to AT&T (who waived the cancelation fee on their end).

I can't image Radio Shack would allow me to exchange a Verizon iPhone for an AT&T model without signing up a contract in their store (an unnecessary process, obviously).

I know this dilemma sounds a bit convoluted, but any help would be appreciated.
 
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