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What model is my iphone 5, GSM or CDMA?

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snerkler1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 16, 2013 7:35 AM

My iphone is model number A1429 and according to this site my phone is GSM & CDMA.  http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3939   However, some people say that it's only CDMA if on Verizon and Sprint. I bought my phone in the UK so is it GSM or GSM & CDMA? If CDMA is only verizon and Sprint why does it not say this on the Apple site, and why is there not a similar page on the UK site for UK users?  What would happen if I installed the wrong software/ipsw file?  TIA

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • chattphotos Level 4 Level 4 (1,210 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:28 AM (in response to snerkler1)

    If it has a SIM slot (right-hand side) then you can use the GSM network. Whether or not the phone is unlocked is an entirely different story. Ask the carrier/store you bought it from.

     

    Also, are you wanting to visit America using your new iPhone? Is that your question?

    If so, go with T-mobile, not Verizon/Sprint for a prepaid service.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,790 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:30 AM (in response to snerkler1)

    Model 1429 is not sold by Apple outside the USA. 

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (36,180 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to snerkler1)

    Don't. Restore it by letting iTunes download the correct version. There is no legitimate reason to do it any other way.

     

    Exactly what "main phone supplier" did you buy it from? The A1429 is NOT sold outside of the US and some very small markets in places like South Korea that use CDMA.

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,790 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to snerkler1)

     

    Modular747 you must be mis-informed as my phone is a UK phone bought from a main phone supplier and is A1429. And as above, both models are listed in the UK tech specs

    YOU did not read my post which says that APPLE does not sell the 1428 model outside the USA, as there are no CDMA carriers elsewhere.  All iPhone 5 models show in the tech specs including the USA-AT&T only 1428, which is not sold by Apple outside the USA

     

     

    Note that the CDMA section of the phone is permanently locked to a specific CDMA carrier, and all CDMA models are sold by Apple as specific to that carrier.  The phone you bought has to be a re-sale of a USA phone, regardless of the claims of the "main phone supplier."  (If that supplier was Carephonewarehouse, it's typical of their dodgy sleaze tactics)

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,790 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 11:25 AM (in response to snerkler1)

    These phones are covered by apple's warranty, if they were dodgy I'd assume apple would not cover them?

    The warranty will be valid only in the USA, if originated there.

     

    Did you verify that here?

     

    https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do

     

    BTW, if you hack the phone to downgrade, the warranty is voided

  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6 (15,790 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 11:47 AM (in response to snerkler1)

    No, that only means that you were on the UK section of the Apple web site.

     

    There are 2 versions of 1429 - GSM only and CDMA+GSM.  The CDMA version is sold  only in the USA

     

    If it's a USA only model the warranty is USA only. Apple in the UK does not stock the CDMA version for warranty replacement.

     

    Message was edited by: modular747

  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,710 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to snerkler1)

    I don't quite understand how or why you were sold a CDMA phone in the UK because there are no CDMA networks that exist in the UK.  All UK networks require that you insert a sim card into your phone to be able to use it.

     

    Normally, if you purchase an iPhone in the UK, you should probably go direct to the Apple store or if you have a phone company in mind, then go to one of their shops and purchase from there, but not somewhere like CarephoneWarehouse.

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