How to Switch US Carriers on iPhone 5S / 5C Without Unlocking

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Apple customers have a great opportunity to easily switch their carrier on iPhone 5S and 5c — but in the United States only. The three major mobile operators will work on your new smartphone model because it supports a larger range of radio spectrum than previous iPhones. Here is how U.S. customers can change their iPhone 5S / 5c carrier without unlocking or jailbreaking.

If you live in the U.S.A. and have either an iPhone 5S or an iPhone 5c you can easily switch carriers between T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. This instructable will help understand how this works and why your device can support the SIM card of the company it is locked to as well as some other SIMs.This method unfortunately won’t work for the cell phone carriers Sprint and Virgin.

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Step 1: Are You Eligible?

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You have to activate you device and data plan with the original carrier using a nano-sized SIM. Use only the SIMs created for Apple devices because their class identifier matters.

Step 2: Switch iPhone 5S / 5c to T-Mobile

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This is easy. You can simply insert T-Mobile SIM into an iPhone that is locked to AT&T or Verizon, reboot and start using it.
According to T-Mobile, the devices sold in its stores are locked and can be unlocked after 40 days from the time you buy your iPhone.

Step 3: Switch iPhone 5c / 5S to AT&T or Verizon

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This is more complicated because both companies use your IMEI and SIM’s ICCID in their system to authenticate your device. Without this, you can’t exchange data but you might be able to use the “voice portion.”
According to Verizon, the 4G iPhones that it is selling are always unlocked.
According to AT&T, the gadgets purchased from AT&T stores are locked but can be unlocked if you call 800-331-0500. If that doesn't help, trusted online factory unlocking sites like this one att-iphone-unlock.com will help you.

darbeaugehaku4 months ago

Only official iPhone unlocking providers are https://unlockiphone.co.uk

SabinaG16 months ago

There is a denial
of access for lots of cheap unlocks to the AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or
T-mobile data base, that produces most of the 3rd party unlocking sites
unable to unlock AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-mobile anymore. However,
there are still sites that will unlock it, Mobile Unlox is certainly one of
us, go learn more, it's the site I have now been using for 5 of my phones
after the database shut down.
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FacundonM9 months ago

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AtifJ10 months ago

is this unlocking solution still works?


i have an iphone that is locked by AT&T and want to use it in Namibia, how can i get it unlocked?

rgil210 months ago

My Iphone 5s came locked and I wanted to travel outside the country for 1 month vacation and they wouldn't unlock my phone so I had to buy the service online from http://quickunlockingservices.com/

so it was successfully unlocked? what abotu blacklisted

They unlock blacklisted AT&T phones only.

i have one can it be unlocked

fakanal1 year ago

talking about unlock, we are mostly refering to unlocking the carrier lock, and if you have trouble unlocking your iphone, you can check out mobileunlox, its the site i have been using for a long time

Ranie-K1 year ago
Please don't use other peoples' pictures.
Bernita86 (author)  Ranie-K1 year ago
Ok, no problem:)
tsaharms1 year ago
This is very inaccurate. Just because the phone supports frequencies used by other carriers does NOT mean you can can just swap SIM cards. The unlock code is still required regardless of the frequencies supported.