Verizon iPhone 5 ... unlocked SIM?

TBolt

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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!
 

epicness4G

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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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ghostface147

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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.
 

dictoresno

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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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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?
 

Peligro911

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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


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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.
 

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