News by Andrew Kameka on Monday September 24, 2012.
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Verizon has no plans to keep customers from using a competing network with an Apple iPhone 5 it sells. That means a Verizon iPhone 5 will be usable with a nano-SIM from another company, including AT&T. iDownload originally reported last Friday that the iPhone 5 tied to Verizon works with nano-SIM cards from other companies, and the carrier confirmed that was intentional. Though the iPhone 4S also launched unlocked, Sprint later removed that capability through a software update. Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said today that Verizon will continue to leave the phone SIM-unlocked, allowing customers to easily switch to other carriers when traveling abroad, or to use with a domestic carrier if they decide to leave Verizon.
Consumers will face limitations when attempting to use the unlocked iPhone 5 in the United States. AT&T and Verizon use different frequencies to deliver 4G service, so an iPhone 5 purchased at Verizon will not be able to access AT&T's 4G LTE network. It will, however, be able to access the HSPA+ network that offers fast speeds. T-Mobile does not currently offer the nano-SIM's necessary to use an iPhone 5, but the carrier may introduce the technology that would make the Verizon iPhone 5 compatible only with its slower network.source: Seattle Times (Associated Press)
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