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    Default iPhone 5: Sprint to Verizon?

    Hi, I'm a Verizon customer. I sold my iPhone 5 to T-Mobile customer in August. I know the Verizon 5 is unlocked, and his tmo Sim worked fine.

    I have a chance to buy another iPhone 5 from a friend now on Sprint. I was under the impression that all iPhone 5's were unlocked, but when searched google, I got all sorts on conflicting information. Could someone here clarify?

    If I put a Verizon LTE Nano Sim into a Sprint iPhone 5, will it work?

    Thank for your your help!
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    Default iPhone 5: Sprint to Verizon?

    It "may" work for LTE data but it won't work for voice or 3G data because Verizon and Sprint use CDMA for voice and both refuse to re-provision for another carrier.

    Also even for the LTE portion which does use a SIM, I think the Sprint version has the a SIM locked and they are notorious for refusing to unlock it.
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    Thanks for the info. If I pay one of those outside services to unlock it, would it work on Verizon then?
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    Default Re: iPhone 5: Sprint to Verizon?

    Quote Originally Posted by montexooma View Post
    Thanks for the info. If I pay one of those outside services to unlock it, would it work on Verizon then?
    Not that I know of. Those outside services only unlock the SIM slot not the CDMA portion so you still wouldn't get voice service.
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    Default Re: iPhone 5: Sprint to Verizon?

    Quote Originally Posted by montexooma View Post
    Thanks for the info. If I pay one of those outside services to unlock it, would it work on Verizon then?
    Even if that did work... the legacy CDMA parts of the phone are "locked" to Sprint... and Verizon can not/will not be able to make use of it.
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    Default Re: iPhone 5: Sprint to Verizon?

    Is jailbreaking the phone an option to have it work on the Verizon network or no?

    Apologize for all the questions. Just trying to figure out if there is absolute any method to have this work. Haha.
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    Default Re: iPhone 5: Sprint to Verizon?

    Quote Originally Posted by montexooma View Post
    Is jailbreaking the phone an option to have it work on the Verizon network or no?
    No.
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    Default Re: iPhone 5: Sprint to Verizon?

    You can ask the question in as many ways as you'd like.

    I'm sorry. It's not possible.

    Something you CAN try. I've seen people claiming they didn't have the GSM locked. Try borrowing a SIM card from someone you know on AT&T or T-Mobile. The CDMA model included some GSM bands. You may be able to go that route instead. You'd want to check the tech specs to see if the GSM/LTE bands you're wanting to use would still work.

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