1. i507's Avatar
    I apologize in advance in case this question has be answered.
    I was wondering if a iphone 5 that was purchased with Verizon and used in their network, Will be able to be used with AT&T network?
    08-17-2013 06:05 PM
  2. impaler's Avatar
    No. Their networks are on different bands and are incompatible.


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    08-17-2013 06:12 PM
  3. kch50428's Avatar
    Supposedly it will work... but will not be compatible with AT&T's version of LTE... you'd be better off finding an iPhone OEMed by Apple for AT&T for use on AT&T's network...
    Last edited by kch50428; 08-17-2013 at 06:51 PM.
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    08-17-2013 06:13 PM
  4. i507's Avatar
    Thank you guys! Guess I have an iphone 5 verIon for sale lol.
    08-17-2013 06:47 PM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    It will work on 3G but not LTE.
    08-17-2013 08:11 PM
  6. impaler's Avatar
    It will work on 3G but not LTE.
    Are you sure? CDMA and GSM are not compatible.


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    08-17-2013 08:11 PM
  7. Moe2005's Avatar
    Are you sure? CDMA and GSM are not compatible.


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    It has GSM capabilities. Check Apple.com:

    08-17-2013 08:51 PM
  8. impaler's Avatar
    I know but it's locked to Verizon, and the GSM capabilities are limited to overseas SIMs. Just because it can do GSM doesn't mean it's carrier unlocked on purchase. Otherwise they wouldn't subsidize the phone, as I could take it to a different carrier right away.


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    08-17-2013 08:55 PM
  9. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Verizon was "forced" to make the GSM side unlocked for 3G. The CDMA is locked to Verizon as you cannot take it to Sprint CDMA. There was some lawsuit/gov't action that made them sell it GSM unlocked for the iPhone 5.
    08-17-2013 09:05 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    Verizon was "forced" to make the GSM side unlocked for 3G. The CDMA is locked to Verizon as you cannot take it to Sprint CDMA. There was some lawsuit/gov't action that made them sell it GSM unlocked for the iPhone 5.
    As a condition of the FCC granting licenses to the 700mhz block, LTE capabilities and GSM abilities were required to be unlocked...
    08-17-2013 09:12 PM
  11. kch50428's Avatar
    I know but it's locked to Verizon, and the GSM capabilities are limited to overseas SIMs. Just because it can do GSM doesn't mean it's carrier unlocked on purchase. Otherwise they wouldn't subsidize the phone, as I could take it to a different carrier right away.
    The Verizon iPhone5 is GSM unlocked... unlike the 4S, which is as you describe, GSM Unlocked for international use only. Subsidized phones come with contracts that have early termination fees... so they got you... rendering a subsidy rather meaningless... one would end up paying full retail or more for getting 'subsidized' phone and running away from a contract.
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    08-17-2013 09:20 PM
  12. Eileen89's Avatar
    I was wondering if a iphone 5 that was purchased with Verizon and used in their network, Will be able to be used with AT&T network?
    Yes, Verizon's iPhone 5 will definitely work on AT&T's network. However, because the model was not specifically made for use on the AT&T network, you will only be able to access AT&T's HSPA+ network and not LTE.
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    08-17-2013 09:55 PM

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