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I am the next 4 weeks in USA and therefore I will miss the iPhone launch in the country i live.

I do not want to wait till my return trip to buy the new iPhone and so I would like to buy an iPhone 5 Model A1429 GSM (European LTE-compatible version) in the USA.


As I understand there are 3 models available:

- Modell A1428 GSM (US LTE-compatible)

- Modell A1429 CDMA

- Modell A1429 GSM (European LTE-compatible


Are these Model available in the Apple Stores and are they unlocked (SIMLock-free)?


Or is into the Modell A1429 both tecnologies integrated CDMA and GSM?


Thanks for any answears.

iPhone 5, iOS 6, Model A1429
  • dorkiken Level 1 (25 points)

    Get the Verizon iPhone, which is model A1429, it's comes GSM carrier unlocked out of the box.  Do not get the Sprint or AT&T version.

  • Gualti Level 1 (0 points)

    Great, many thanks!

  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    I strongly recommend that you do NOT buy a Verizon-model iPhone. You would get no service nor support for using that iPhone anywhere but in the US (the same would be true of any US-sold iPhone). I strongly suggest you wait and purchase an iPhone in the country in which you live.


    As to LTE compatibility of any iPhone 5, see:




  • andre.david Level 1 (0 points)
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    Sure it works. But you cannot get warranty service nor support from Apple for a Verizon iPhone anywhere but in the US.

  • andre.david Level 1 (0 points)


    This is an Apple product, purchased from an Apple Store. I am covered world-wide.

  • stedman1 Level 9 (69,749 points)

    Wrong. The iPhone warranty is valid in the country where it is purchased. The exception being the European Union.

  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    Ditto wrong. The warranty on the iPhone is not international. A US iPhone's warranty is valid only in the US. This is particularly true with a US-only model such as the Verizon iPhones. This has been verified countless times in these forums by users who believed as you do and found out the truth to their sorrow, as you also will should your Verizon-model iPhone ever need service when you're not in the US.

  • andre.david Level 1 (0 points)

    That is not completely correct. From the US warranty:


    Apple may restrict warranty service for iPhone and iPad to the country where Apple or its Authorized Distributors originally sold the device.

    Fact, I replaced my Ipad2 in a out-of-warranty service in the US while it was bought in Europe.

  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    Our statements are completely correct. An iPad is a different matter. Apple generally does not restrict warranty on iPads (though if you'd have purchased a Verizon-model iPad 2 and tried to get it serviced in Europe, you'd have found out that the iPad would haven't been covered there either), but they absolutely do for iPhones. Again, this has been confirmed over and over by users who, like you, didn't believe what they were told but found out later the hard way.


    Once again, a US-sold iPhone will be supported by Apple only in the US. You may not believe us now, but you'll find out should you ever need service and try to get it in Europe.

  • FelipeV Level 5 (6,470 points)

    You stated it was an OUT-OF-WARRANTY service, therefore it was probably irrelevant where you bought the iPad vis-a-vis where it was service. The story would have been different if you tried to get WARRANTY service for your iPad.


    In any case, the iPhone warranty is NOT international.

  • andre.david Level 1 (0 points)

    The text of the warranty is crystal clear:

    Apple may restrict warranty service for iPhone [...] to the country where [...] originally sold [...].

    So, it may happen. It likely happens, but the warranty does not mandate that it will happen.

  • FelipeV Level 5 (6,470 points)

    Trust us, in the case of the iPhone, it WILL happen.

  • FelipeV Level 5 (6,470 points)

    PS I suggest you do a search of this forum before you continue to affirm something which is incorrect.

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