Buying a Verizon iPhone 5 Comes Unlocked for GSM SIM Cards

Sep 22, 2012 - 11 Comments

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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.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, News

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  1. Kevin says:

    Was there a process that they followed to see a CDMA iphone using a nano-SIM card from other domestic carriers?

  2. Jorge says:

    Went to the Apple store and got an AT&T iphone 5 off contract. Plugged in to itunes and got the “Congratulations, your iphone is unlocked message!”

  3. asif says:

    where can i get an unlocked one for full price to buy online in the state without a contract cuz i like abroad ???

  4. iphone5aspirant says:

    Is Sprint iPhone 5 possible to use with GSM SIM worldwide out of the box?

  5. Daniel says:

    The sprint iphone 5 works with an international sim. It is unlocked!!!

    • Daniel says:

      Daniel, have you checked yourself that Sprint iphone 5 works with an international sim?
      thanks in advance for your reply

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