It looks like we’re 2 for 2 when it comes to unlocked iPhones on Verizon’s network. As you all know, I picked up my Verizon iPhone 5s on launch day, but I haven’t been able to test it out with a GSM sim card until today.
I walked into Walgreens just a few hours ago, and picked up one of T-Mobile’s No Annual Contract kits that contains the SIM card starter kit. Unfortunately the SIM card that came with the kit was one of the old-school normal sized SIM cards (people still use those?), so I had to break out a pair of scissors and cut it down.
After a few minutes of manicuring the SIM card down to a nano size, I was ready to rock and roll. I popped out my Verizon SIM, inserted my T-Mobile SIM, and sure enough, I was on T-Mobile’s “4G” network.
While it says 4G in the status bar, it’s really just HSPA+. I don’t have T-Mobile LTE in my area yet. The good news is that, unlike the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s should work with GSM LTE bands.
This is obviously good news for those of you who plan to travel and own an iPhone 5s. You don’t have to worry about going through the hassle of unlocking, because it already is. Verizon has been pretty good about this for the last few years, and it’s good to see that they’re not changing their ways.
What’s your current situation with your iPhone 5s? Is it unlocked, or locked on a particular carrier?