1. Miamike's Avatar
    Hey "rumor" has it that the next i phone 5 will indeed have global capabilities. Does this mean that there will be one model of the iphone 5 that will come automatically unlocked. If i get a verizon i phone 5 will i be able to pop in an o2 sim card in there as well???
    07-21-2011 12:52 PM
  2. CG68's Avatar
    Not sure, but I know with the present and past Vz world phones they were locked to the carrier and you would need to call to get the unlock code if traveling overseas. We shall see what they do with the iPhone because I heard the same story that it would be a global phone.
    07-21-2011 02:39 PM
  3. sting7k's Avatar
    Hey "rumor" has it that the next i phone 5 will indeed have global capabilities. Does this mean that there will be one model of the iphone 5 that will come automatically unlocked. If i get a verizon i phone 5 will i be able to pop in an o2 sim card in there as well???
    Yes and no.

    Yes, in that it's entirely possible there will be one single iPhone that has both GSM and CDMA radios/chips. Meaning it will be a truly global phone.

    No, if you buy an iPhone 5 from Verizon that has a GSM radio you can bet that it will be locked to Verizon. You would need to get a SIM from Verizon to use with an international roaming data plan.

    Now, that said we don't know about jailbreaking and unlocking through unofficial means at this time. So maybe you will be able to at some point. There also could still be different models that work on different GSM bands. The Verizon iPhone 5 might not support AT&T's GSM bands and only support bands outside the USA.

    In summary, we just don't know.
    07-21-2011 03:06 PM
  4. dcgore's Avatar
    There's gotta be a way for carrier to lock their phones even if the IP 5 is global. If there's a subsidy then most likely the phone will be locked. If not the ETF will be increased to deter people from cancelling contracts.
    07-22-2011 11:05 AM
  5. baharharre's Avatar
    Well, If it is believed to be true, It will provide an option to choose another operator and can have freedom to use their device anywhere in the world.
    07-25-2011 04:22 AM
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