The Verizon iPhone 5 is GSM unlocked, tested with AT&T

By , Sep 21, 2012

I can confirm that the Verizon iPhone 5 is indeed GSM unlocked. Even though I bought an iPhone 5 from Verizon under contract, I was able to cut down my AT&T Micro SIM, and use it in my Verizon iPhone 5 to pick up an AT&T signal. By doing so, I was able to hop onto AT&T’s HPSA+ network, or “4G” as they so ridiculously name it.

AT&T’s so-called 4G speeds are nothing like true LTE speeds, but they are a bit better than typical 3G speeds. But the big news here isn’t about speed. The big news here is that we have confirmed that you can use a Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T or T-Mobile, freely, even if you’re a brand new customer under contract.

Obviously, I can’t recommend cutting your own SIM, or even worse, cutting your SIM and placing a piece of tape on it and sticking it in your brand new iPhone 5, with a paper clip no less (I’m cray cray like that), but you should be able to pick up a Nano SIM from AT&T or T-Mobile, and use it on one of those respective networks.

Funny thing is, is that AT&T’s HSPA+ speeds were actually similar to my tests with Verizon LTE on upload. Obviously this isn’t a scientific test, but it just goes to show how each technology can vary from one area to the next.

I did reach out to Verizon via phone, and they confirmed to me that the phone was unlocked, and that I could use it with another SIM, even though I’m under contract, and just signed on as a customer today. That’s great news for travelers, and a big win for customers. Let’s just hope things stay this way.

Have you tried your Verizon iPhone 5 with an AT&T or T-Mobile Nano SIM? What were the results?

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  • LuxetLex

    As a Verizon customer, I was able to get simultaneous voice and data on the Swedish WCDMA network. I am getting tired of my expensive iPhone 5 not getting simultaneous service here in the US.

  • David Alexander

    Great news though.. I’ll be honest after loss of some income I could not afford to keep my Verizon contract. (7 months into contract) The nice lady at Verizon told me the phone was unlocked but could not use it on the verizon prepaid service. She said off the record I should look at Straight Talk.. I Went to walmart and the had a Activation Kit for $59.88 It included 5 sim cards! 2 nano’s (Tmobile & AT&T) I put it in and activated online. Everything works!! Im so happy about this. I went from paying $130 to $45. btw I explained my situation to verizon wireless rep and she waved the early contract fee. I guess it pays to be nice and truthful.

    • David Alexander

      BTW I found the best mms and internet high speed to work best for me in Erie, PA was the AT&T card.