1. TBolt's Avatar
    Hi all. Visitor here from the Android world.

    Considering an iPhone for an older member of my family ... need to know if Verizon's iPhone 5 truly has an unlocked SIM out of the box. She will travel into GSM countries, and I want her to have little hassle as possible in using a local, pre-paid mobile service.

    Also, my understanding is that the back of the iPhone can't be removed. So, does this mean the pre-paid mobile carrier will change something in the settings without having to drop in a SIM card?

    Thank you for your help!
    01-29-2013 12:03 AM
  2. epicness4G's Avatar
    The sim is on the side, you take it out with a paper clip,
    And for the hundredth time, yes. The Verizon iPhone 5 comes factory unlocked, any gsm sim will work on it. LTE only on Verizon.


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    01-29-2013 12:40 AM
  3. ghostface147's Avatar
    As already posted, it is factory unlocked. You will need a nano-sim though. If they are going somewhere that doesn't carry the iPhone 5, it may be a little difficult getting a nano-sim.
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    01-29-2013 08:53 AM
  4. dictoresno's Avatar
    As already posted, it is factory unlocked. You will need a nano-sim though. If they are going somewhere that doesn't carry the iPhone 5, it may be a little difficult getting a nano-sim.
    in that case, you can buy a nano sim cutter online for cheap or cut it yourself.
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    01-30-2013 04:25 AM
  5. Petk's Avatar
    The follow up question to this - I know LTE will not work on GSM networks, but will 3G work using SIM card from overseas GSM?
    02-09-2013 03:31 AM
  6. Peligro911's Avatar
    Gsm and CDMA have nothing to do with LTE .. Actually LTE will work on gsm carriers like att they are just on different bands

    That's why a Verizon iPhone 5 pop a sim in you can get 3G and hspca just not LTE because the phone can not pick up that band


    Sent from my iPhone 5 from a galaxy far far away (in the USA ) using Tapatalk !
    02-09-2013 03:38 AM
  7. skcseth's Avatar
    The follow up question to this - I know LTE will not work on GSM networks, but will 3G work using SIM card from overseas GSM?
    Yes! I purchased my iPhone 5 from Verizon back in November before I moved here to Italy. All I had to do was take out the Verizon SIM, and pop in an Italian Vodaphone SIM, and I (near instantly) had 3G service.
    02-09-2013 04:47 PM
  8. smithla11's Avatar
    Any issues when returning an putting in the original sim? Verizon makes dire predicitions about ruining the phone/
    09-04-2013 10:19 AM
  9. kch50428's Avatar
    Any issues when returning an putting in the original sim? Verizon makes dire predicitions about ruining the phone/
    SIMs were specifically designed to be swappable.
    09-04-2013 10:26 AM

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