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.
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.
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.