Verizon iPhone 5 Confirmed to be Unlocked, Works on GSM 3G Networks

Verizon iPhone 5 Confirmed to be Unlocked, Works on GSM 3G Networks

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The Verizon iPhone 5 has been confirmed to be unlocked and working on GSM 3G networks, even if the phone was sold on contract. This means that any user with a nano-sim can place his sim into the Verizon iPhone 5 and use it on a GSM carrier like AT&T.

I can confirm that the Verizon iPhone 5 is indeed GSM unlocked. Even though I bought an iPhone 5 from Verizon under contract, I was able to cut down my AT&T Micro SIM, and use it in my Verizon iPhone 5 to pick up an AT&T signal. By doing so, I was able to hop onto AT&T's HPSA+ network, or "4G" as they so ridiculously name it.

It is not possible to get AT&T LTE however, due to differences in the frequencies that the carriers operate on.

This is great news for those Verizon iPhone 5 owners who often travel the world.

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Verizon iPhone 5 Confirmed to be Unlocked, Works on GSM 3G Networks
NewOwner - September 22, 2012 at 5:36pm
Last year after when Verizon unlocked my 4S, putting a ATT or TMobile SIM in the phone did not (still does not) allow me to use any local US carrier but foreign carriers will register, meaning I can only use it outside The US. Something in firmware/chipset combination prevents the registration of any local carriers except Verizon. So it is obvious that they use SIM firmware to register. The new iPhone 5 does not exhibit such behavior. I am going to try to buy a Verizon phone at Apple Store to see if a different carrier's SIM alone is enough to activate. The white paper on the Qualcomm chipset (GSM/CDMA) says it works across systems and frequencies( except LTE). Stay tuned for for more.
alan - September 23, 2012 at 2:36am
Hey NewOwner, do you think it will work on t-mobiles frequency as well?
Husain - September 22, 2012 at 9:52am
But the Verizon iPhone is a CDMA phone. Do how's that gonna work if you travel?
NewOwner - September 22, 2012 at 2:58am
More news: Verizon won't sell u just the phone w/o contract but Apple store does. Spread the words.
fino - September 22, 2012 at 4:39am
thanks for the news can you tell activation process for verizon ? How did you activate ?
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