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Verizon's iPhone 5 to Remain Unlocked for GSM Networks

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Sep 24, 2012, 1:31 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless today confirmed that its version of the Apple iPhone 5 is being sold unlocked, and that the device will not be locked at some point in the future through a software update or other means. Owners of the iPhone 5 discovered recently that the Verizon iPhone 5 SIM card can be replaced with an AT&T SIM card and work on AT&T's HSPA network. Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney told the Associated Press that it will not relock the iPhone or prevent it from working on GSM networks. Sprint's version of the iPhone 5 is locked. Customers in good standing can have their Sprint iPhone 5 unlocked for international use after three months. AT&T only unlocks iPhones that are no longer tied to a contract.

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johnhr2

Sep 24, 2012, 1:58 PM

VERIZON!

Verizon has surprised me again! Shocked
Not only can you buy an unlocked iPhone on contract with Verizon but you can actually switch and take your phone with you to AT&T!!!
Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Doesn't releive you of your contract with Verison.
Pretty much meaningless.
Get an iPhone5 for 199.99 on a Verison line, move the phone to an ATT line, you are still under contract to Verison and must pay the monthly bill as if the device was active...
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Had a choice.
I mean iPhone's are pretty well untouched by carriers. Although mine was from ATT. The box was shrink wrapped and there was an ATT SIM already installed.
Therefore untouched by the carrier. I think once again Apple was like "this is ...
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