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Buying an "unlocked" iPhone 5s from Apple

I see that apple now has a listing for a SIM free iPhone 5s. If I was to purchase that device, or the contract free T-Mobile device, would I be able to take that phone to a Verizon account, even though the listing has it as a GSM device? Aren't they all the same phone?

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TgD

No.

From Apple's website about the unlocked iPhone

"About the Unlocked iPhone
The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment. You can activate and use the unlocked iPhone on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T or T-Mobile in the United States. The unlocked iPhone will not work with CDMA-based carriers, including Sprint and Verizon Wireless."

Edit: Here is that link for you:

store.apple.com­/us­/iphone­/about­-unlocked
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AugieHusker

Appreciate the response. I know that gsm is more popular worldwide, but why would apple only offer a gsm phone unlocked? Why not offer both?
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TgD

No problem.

My theory is that there really is no use to offer an unlocked CDMA iPhone. If we take a look at the different models of iPhone (www.apple.com­/iphone­/LTE/), there are 3 models that you will find in the US

The Model A1533 (GSM) is the one you can get unlocked

The Model A1533 (CDMA) will work with Verizon's LTE network

The Model A1453 (also CDMA) will work with Sprint'sand others' LTE network

There really isn't one CDMA model that has all the LTE bands. Thus it doesn't really make sense to sell an unlocked CDMA iPhone if it doesn't work with both sprint and verizon. Also if the CDMA one will not work with T-Mobile or AT&T, you are rpetty much limited to one carrier. At tat point you may as well sign a contract and get a discount

This is not an official reason, just my theory.
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sparkyindustrie

but i thinks both version must be given buy iphone.and why there isn't one CDMA model that has all the LTE bands.?

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