1. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    I'm a user that will switch between At&t and T-Mobile from time to time. I live in Iowa (DSM) with At&t as my primary carrier but I want to buy a device that will work on both. If I unlock an At&t iPhone will it work 100% on Tmo and vice versa if I buy the unlocked TMo? I'm not sure if I'll go 5 or 5s and honestly don't know if that makes a difference or not. Any help is much appreciated! I'm leaning towards the unlocked Tmo iPhone but wasnt sure if it works on HSPA+ and LTE on At&t.

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    01-25-2014 04:09 PM
  2. acerace113's Avatar
    If you get the 5S at the apple store for full price you can use it on both carriers since it will be factory unlocked.


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    01-25-2014 04:11 PM
  3. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    But isn't that the exact same device that T Mobile sells since they no longer subsidize their phones?

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    01-25-2014 04:12 PM
  4. kch50428's Avatar
    T-Mobile in Iowa is iWireless and that's who you're using, right?
    01-25-2014 04:25 PM
  5. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    No. I'm using At&t. T Mobile is T Mobile here. iWireless is an MVNO and they use TMobiles towers.

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    01-25-2014 04:27 PM
  6. kch50428's Avatar
    actually, in much of Iowa iWireless owns the towers and provides T-Mobile's service... They're more than an MVNO.
    rdubmu likes this.
    01-25-2014 04:29 PM
  7. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    What's the point of your comments? Its not helping me find an answer to my question. Fine its not an MVNO per se, its a partnership between INS and Tmo but that's besides the point.

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    Darryl Brian likes this.
    01-25-2014 04:33 PM
  8. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    Maybe you work for them and hate being called an MVNO? If so, I could understand you pointing out the difference. Its still not helping the OP.

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    01-25-2014 04:35 PM
  9. kch50428's Avatar
    What's the point of your comments? Its not helping me find an answer to my question. Fine its not an MVNO per se, its a partnership between INS and Tmo but that's besides the point.

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    An answer was provided up-thread...
    01-25-2014 04:37 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    01-25-2014 04:44 PM
  11. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    Dude, seriously leave me alone. I couldnt care less that you are a mod and gave me an infraction for YOU distracting from the thread and OP. I have read that but as you know, carrier restrictions play a role. I came to the place where someone would know the answer and could easily shoot me an answer. Instead I get baited by your BS and then you act like the world owes you something so you send me an infraction?!?! Get outta here.

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    Darryl Brian likes this.
    01-25-2014 04:47 PM
  12. kch50428's Avatar
    Were you to view the page on the provided link, you'd see the model numbers of iPhone5s and 5c and what networks with which they are compatible.
    01-25-2014 04:55 PM
  13. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    I give up. You win the internet today. I asked you to leave me alone and yet you don't. You're a moderator and don't follow your own rules. You guys are a joke.

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    Darryl Brian likes this.
    01-25-2014 05:01 PM
  14. Septembersrain's Avatar
    I'd go for an unlocked version that isn't specifically for a carrier. Perhaps that would be the best option?
    TheIowaKid and rdubmu like this.
    01-25-2014 05:16 PM
  15. anon62607's Avatar
    I am using a verizon iPhone 5s on tmobile and it works perfectly well, HSPA as well as band 4 LTE. additionally I have in the past used an AT&T 4s unlocked on tmobile and where UMTS band II was available I got HSPA on tmobile on it.
    TheIowaKid and nikkisharif like this.
    01-25-2014 06:58 PM
  16. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I give up. You win the internet today. I asked you to leave me alone and yet you don't. You're a moderator and don't follow your own rules. You guys are a joke.

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    rdiddy_25 likes this.
    01-25-2014 07:00 PM
  17. anon62607's Avatar
    I'd go for an unlocked version that isn't specifically for a carrier. Perhaps that would be the best option?
    the unlocked versions don't have CDMA support. verizon phones have both CDMA and all of the gsm, HSPA and LTE support, in that regard it's slightly better to get a Verizon variant than the unlocked one and moreover the verizon versions come unlocked anyway.
    01-25-2014 07:01 PM
  18. anon62607's Avatar


    for the record. this phone was on the Verizon network two weeks ago.
    01-25-2014 07:03 PM
  19. i7guy's Avatar
    I give up. You win the internet today. I asked you to leave me alone and yet you don't. You're a moderator and don't follow your own rules. You guys are a joke.

    Sent from my Moto X
    You could always ignore those posts you don't like. I think the joke's on you.

    Get the verizon phone.
    01-25-2014 07:43 PM
  20. John Yester's Avatar
    You were given a simple reply to your question... Not sure how you took that reply, but everyone may read things differently....

    But please do not insult Moderators
    Peligro911, pr1nce and iOS Gravity like this.
    01-25-2014 07:59 PM
  21. TheIowaKid's Avatar
    So you are giving me an infraction for the same comment the other guy gave me one for? Whatever.

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    01-25-2014 08:00 PM
  22. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    If you get the 5S at the apple store for full price you can use it on both carriers since it will be factory unlocked.


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    This is your answer


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    01-25-2014 08:54 PM
  23. wbkm85's Avatar
    buy a used verizon 5s

    factory unlocked for half the price (most of the time)

    i just got one for really cheap on craigslist and i'm using it on at&t

    model A1533 (factory unlocked version)
    01-26-2014 01:25 AM
  24. wildmangk's Avatar
    Well that escalated quickly


    Sent from my iPad mini with retina
    01-26-2014 04:09 AM
  25. wildmangk's Avatar
    buy a used verizon 5s

    factory unlocked for half the price (most of the time)

    i just got one for really cheap on craigslist and i'm using it on at&t

    model A1533 (factory unlocked version)
    Is it LTE capable on ATT? Can you post some speed test screenshots? Thanks in advance


    Sent from my iPad mini with retina
    01-26-2014 04:10 AM
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