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Verizon-Branded iPhone 5 Ships Unlocked, Works With Other Networks 100

An anonymous reader writes with this news from "If you're planning to get a new Verizon iPhone 5, there might be a little bonus feature included that neither Apple nor Verizon are keen to admit. As units have started making it out of the stores, it appears that the Verizon version of the device is fully unlocked out of the box and able to connect to any GSM network. Verizon support is apparently confirming to customers that the device is unlocked. At the very least, this doesn't appear to be a mistake. It likely has to do with the way the iPhone's radios are designed along with the implementation of LTE on Verizon. This might make the device a little more palatable to those on the fence about upgrading, especially for anyone that travels."
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Verizon-Branded iPhone 5 Ships Unlocked, Works With Other Networks

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  • How about Sprint? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ClaraBow ( 212734 ) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @12:04PM (#41421495)
    From a technical perspective, would this mean that the iPhone 5 on Sprint would be unlocked too? It would be nice.
  • Re:and yet.... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by yossie ( 93792 ) on Saturday September 22, 2012 @01:05PM (#41421971)

    Sure they will. Call and ask for global-access or something like that. Assuming you've had the phone for more than 60 days, they will unlock it and you can use a SIM card in it to get GSM/3G access when outside the US - simple and easy. They do "claim" that you can't use the SIM card while in the US - that Verizon CDMA will take preference - this may be true - I didn't test it. I sounds like the iPnone5 doesn't have that (potential) limitation. I think the unlock is permanent, or mostly so, since when I upgraded my iPhone4S to IOS6, the first message to pop up on iTunes was 'congratulations, your phone is unlocked now.'

  • Re:How about Sprint? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 22, 2012 @01:41PM (#41422291)

    No, sprint does not use SIM authentication for LTE

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.