Buying a Verizon iPhone 5 Comes Unlocked for GSM SIM Cards
iPhone 5 owners who opted for the Verizon model have discovered the device ships with an unlocked nano-SIM card slot, even if the device was bought under contract at a subsidized rate and did not pay the full unlocked price. This is excellent news for travelers or for anyone who wants to immediately get access to an unlocked iPhone 5 without waiting for them to be officially available.
Several confirmations have been made across the web starting with iDownloadBlog, who confirmed that a Verizon iPhone 5 works immediately with an AT&T nano-SIM on their 3G HPSA+ “4G” network. According to TheVerge, T-Mobile nano-sim cards are also said to work with iPhone 5 immediately, and AP also confirmed the unlocked status.
Currently, iPhone 5 bought through AT&T are locked to their network under the terms of the two-year contract agreement, though anyone is welcome to try unlocking it through them anyway. Compelling cases may be honored, but typically AT&T does not unlock the iPhone sim card slot until the contract agreement is up.
It’s unclear if the Sprint iPhone 5 also includes an unlocked nano-SIM slot. If you haven’t purchased an iPhone 5 yet and want immediate access to overseas GSM networks, the Verizon iPhone may be the way to go.