Verizon iPhone 5 Works with AT&T and T-Mobile

Surprisingly, the Verizon iPhone 5 has been confirmed to come GSM unlocked which means that owners can use it freely on the networks of both AT&T and T-Mobile.

iDownloadBlog confirmed today that the Verizon iPhone 5 ships GSM unlocked which means that owners can file down a Micro SIM card, whether it’s for AT&T or T-Mobile, and use it to get the iPhone 5 on AT&T or T-Mobile.

The Verizon iPhone 5 apparently was able to pick up service with AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G network and it works with T-Mobile’s network as well. Of course, users will have to be in proper service areas in order to take advantage of the networks.

Read: iPhone 5: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint – Which Carrier is Best?

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Verizon’s new iPhone 5 comes unlocked, ready to be used with AT&T or T-Mobile.

The fact that the Verizon iPhone 5 will work on AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G network is huge considering it’s a big upgrade over 3G speeds. It’s not as fast as 4G LTE, but it’s certainly a whole lot faster than regular old 3G.


Even better, this is a Verizon iPhone 5 that’s under contract which means that anyone who received an iPhone 5 from Verizon should, in theory, be able to do this.

Filing down a SIM card to fit into the iPhone 5’s Nano SIM tray is not going to be the only way users of the Verizon iPhone 5 will be able to do this either. Owners should be able to get Nano SIM cards from both AT&T, and T-Mobile, the latter of which should have them in October, and slide them into the device for use.

Read: Verizon iPhone 5′s Lack of Simultaneous Voice & Data a Deal Breaker.

Verizon confirmed the good news as well saying that the device is indeed unlocked and ready to use on other carriers despite the fact that most owners will be under contract.


This is huge for three groups of people. Those who travel around a lot with their iPhone, those who wish to use AT&T and T-Mobile on their iPhone 5 and most of all, Verizon iPhone 5 owners in general.

While this might not make up for the fact that the Verizon iPhone 5 can’t do simultaneous voice and data, it’s a start.

Who’s excited?


    • The iPhone 5 has the ability to utilize CDMA, GSM, HSPA+ 4g, and LTE. They did this so they only had to manufacture one phone and this saves money and wastes less resources.

  1. I work at a verizon store. The guy up above that said Verizon was CDMA is true….until now. Anything on our 4GLTE network has a VERIZON sim card. YUP we have sim cards now. I can vouch that simple mobile (which is what i use [technically tmobile]) works after cutting my sim card. CDMA is the past. And from here on out any new 4G verizon phone will be used with a sim card.

  2. Do we have to buy it without contract from verizon and then activate it at tmobile? if so, wouldnt that be too pricy?

  3. So if i buy a iPhone 5 from Verizon I can use any gsm company???
    How about the iPhone 5 from sprint I have tmobile but I was wating if tmobile will be get iphone 5 but I know now this company can’t get it :-(

  4. so if i have verizon and cancel to simple mobile its possible to use my iphone 5 with simple mobile and running on 4g LTE

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    Ted, the Verizon iphone 5 is a global capable phone just as the Verizon iPhone 4s. This meaning that it contains the ability to connect to GSM networks for customers traveling internationally. The difference between the 4s and the 5 is that the 4s is locked out of the box and one step further it locks out the ability to use the phone domestically on AT&T & T-Mobile. The iPhone 5 is completely unlocked out of the box for international use and gives users the ability to use the phone domestically on T-Mobile or AT&T. The catch is that you can only utilize HSPA+ on the GSM providers and the LTE chipset is not compatible with AT&T’s LTE network.

    As Jack pointed out this allows Apple to produce one phone purchase one chipset in bulk and streamlines the assembly process.

  6. These comments are outrageous. Why curse? I’m a graphics designer in Austin and LOVE the new 4Glte. I’m with AT&T and just got the iPhone and love the apps I can use for staying up to date on graphic tools.

  7. Yes it is true. Just pop a blank AT&T sim which is free in any AT&T or Apple store on my iPhone 5 Verizon, sign up a go phone plan.
    Welcome to AT&T 4G network. $65/month come with 1G data.

    Regarding to the talk & surf simultaneously I never try and never need that. Who cares?

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