Verizon iPhone 5 is unlocked for use on GSM carriers

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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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1558; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

3. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 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

8. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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 ;)

2. zer00

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 21, 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!

9. didiee

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Care to share? Tia

4. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

wheres your 10/10 review PA ??? only theverge reviewed this crappy phone without sounding too biased unlike engadget. god smh

5. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

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

6. sc5sdanny

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Could this mean the phone will work for metropcs ?

7. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

no, metro is not GSM dummy ;)

11. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

But it's CDMA dumbo :D

12. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

but you need a Metro ESN silly willy =}

10. steven252000

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

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

13. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

not all iPhone 5 are unlocked by Verizon

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