Verizon Would Never Relock iPhone 5: Big News
Verizon iPhone 5 is a GSM unlocked phone which can also be used at AT&T and T-Mobile USA carriers straightly. But the big news lies here; Verizon announced today that it would never relock the iPhone 5 by releasing any kind of security update. It means now iPhone 5 owners are free to use their device on any carrier either AT&T or T-Mobile. Unexpectedly enough, people who bought the Verizon version of iPhone 5 remained stunned on knowing that it would accept SIM cards from AT&T and work on its slower 4G (3.5G) network. However, It will not work on AT&T’s speedy 4G LTE network.
Notably, the first batch of Sprint’s iPhone 4S came “unlocked” and worked on AT&T, last year, but on knowing the matter Sprint later issued software updates that blocked the capability.
Associated Press notes; it is the first time Verizon has sold an unlocked iphone that works on a rival networks with no complex unlocking procedure. Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney confirmed on Monday that Verizon would never relock the iPhone 5. On the other hand, Sprint promised that it will unlock the iPhone 5 on users’ request for international use while AT&T will unlock the device once your contract faces an end.
Update: The reason behind the unlocked SIM card slot on Verizon iPhone 5 is FCC network access regulation for Block C, the 700 MHz spectrum, Verizon uses for its 4G LTE network. FCC’s CFR Title 47 Part 27.16 paragraph (e) reads:
(e) Handset locking prohibited. No licensee may disable features on handsets it provides to customers, to the extent such features are compliant with the licensee’s standards pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section, nor configure handsets it provides to prohibit use of such handsets on other providers’ networks.
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