Confirmed: Verizon iPhone 5 is Unlocked, Works on GSM 3G Networks

BY Jason

Published 21 Sep 2012

Verizon iPhone 5

Here’s some good news if you’ve just bought a Verizon iPhone 5 and travel abroad frequently.

iDownloadBlog confirms that the Verizon iPhone 5 under contract is unlocked on GSM 3G networks, which means that users will be able to use a nano-SIM card from a GSM carriers like AT&T.

Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog reports:

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.

As iDB points out that Verizon iPhone 5 users will not be able to use AT&T’s LTE network as it is incompatible with LTE frequency bands 4 and 17 used by AT&T and Canadian carriers.

However, this is good news for Verizon customers who travel abroad frequently, as they can put a nano-SIM card  from the international carrier to avoid the exorbitant international roaming charges.


Reader Jay confirms that he has managed to use iPhone 5 on Straight Talk’s prepaid service by trimming the micro-SIM. Thanks Jay for the tip!

[via iDB]