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Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked for use on GSM carriers

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Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked for use on GSM carriers
Today marks the official launch of the Apple iPhone 5, but the unlocked version of the phone isn't expected to be made available for at least a few weeks, but it turns out that there's an easy way to get an unlocked iPhone 5 from Verizon. A few users have confirmed that the Verizon model of Apple's new smartphone is unlocked and can be used on any GSM network. 

This means that if you want (and Verizon will let you), you can buy an iPhone 5 at full retail from Verizon and just pop in a nano-SIM for your carrier of choice. Verizon's website lists the full retail prices at $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for 32GB, and $849 for 64GB. So, if you're desperate enough to want to drop down that kind of cash, it's on you. 

Of course, keep in mind that LTE will not work on just any carrier, it would have to be a carrier that uses the same frequencies as Verizon, which means it wouldn't work on AT&T. And, while this would work for T-Mobile customers, as always you won't get 3G speeds unless T-Mo has lit up the 1900MHz spectrum in your area. So, you may want to check the unofficial map before trying that. 

It's unclear just yet if this is the case with other iPhone 5 models or it is specific to Verizon, but we'll update you when we know for sure. 

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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 15:58 4

1. cncrim (Posts: 530; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


CDMA phone on GSM carrier, something will not work rite. Save yourself headache and hassle to get the right phone for the right carrier.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 17:03 6

3. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


the iPhone 5 has a built in chip to handle both cdma and gsm all in one. so yes, it will work on cdma or gsm carriers. apple hasn't even started selling unlocked phones yet. I wish other carriers would do that. especially if the next nexus phone is only on one carrier :( - i.e. the g nexus

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:57 2

8. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Laptops come with wifi cards that are compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n etc. That means if your router is A it will work, if its B it will also work etc etc.

You dont buy laptops specific to routers. The iPhone is a world phone it works on all networks, only thing to keep in mind is the LTE band, everything else works everywhere else. Worst case scenario you have 3G

BTW all verizon phones work on PagePlus for $50http://tinyurl.com/32n7ll
PagePlus uses Verizons towers, just like Boost uses Sprint's ;)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 16:21 4

2. zer00 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


so was anyone allowed to keep there unlimited? I used my upgrade knowing I'd lose it and the guy told me he added my unlimited back!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 01:14 1

9. didiee (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Care to share?
Tia

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 17:13 1

4. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


wheres your 10/10 review PA ???

only theverge reviewed this crappy phone without sounding too biased unlike engadget. god smh

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:13 1

5. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Hmm... Thats actually pretty damn cool. A true world phone. Well. Kinda. haha

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 20:44

6. sc5sdanny (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Could this mean the phone will work for metropcs ?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:50 2

7. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


no, metro is not GSM dummy ;)

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:35

11. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


But it's CDMA dumbo :D

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 22:29 1

12. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


but you need a Metro ESN silly willy =}

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 13:44 2

10. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


I am sure they will lock'er down with some software update soon. This is very unlike Verizon.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 00:38

13. ndrey (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


not all iPhone 5 are unlocked by Verizon

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