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Lizzydaisy Level 1 Level 1

I have a Verizon i-phone 4s.  No contract.  Specs say it can be used on CDMA or GSM.  I really need GSM. 

Neither Verizon or AT&T can or will help.  It has a sim card slot.  Please help me.


iPhone 4S, iOS 6, May be in wrong category HELP!!
Reply by gdgmacguy on Oct 23, 2012 8:54 PM Helpful
Nothing we can do for you.   Carriers lock phones; only carriers unlock phones.  Verizon will unlock the GSM portion of it's phone, but only for INTERNATIONAL use.   Nothing we users here nor Apple can do.  Fair, probably not.  Legal?  Absolutely.

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  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    Nothing we can do for you. 

     

    Carriers lock phones; only carriers unlock phones.  Verizon will unlock the GSM portion of it's phone, but only for INTERNATIONAL use. 

     

    Nothing we users here nor Apple can do.  Fair, probably not.  Legal?  Absolutely.

  • Lizzydaisy Level 1 Level 1

    This helped, but didn't make me happy!  Thank you.  I'll use my 4 and sell the 4s 64 g.  I had no problem with

    the Verizon network, but I am a single person with apple laptop and phone.  There is no affordable plan for me

    with Verizon.  It's like McDonald's advertizing, buy one Big Mac and get one free!!!  I can barely eat one, and

    leftover no way.  Thanks again!

  • Kathgrissom Level 1 Level 1

    I have a 4S, also GSM and CDMA capable, the genius at the Apple Store in Tukwila, WA unlocked it for me so I could use T-Mobile (GSM)

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7

    Kathgrissom wrote:

     

    I have a 4S, the genius at the Apple Store in Tukwila, WA unlocked it for me.

    Apple does not unlock iPhones.  Simply not possible.

     

     

    Kathgrissom wrote:

     

    I have a 4S, also GSM and CDMA capable

    All 4S's are GSM and CDMA.  It's in the specs, no need to keep repeating it as if it's something special or unique.

  • Kathgrissom Level 1 Level 1

    Are you calling me a liar? Apple unlocked my 4S. Period.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7

    No one called you anything.

    I am simply stating fact.  Apple does not unlock devices.

    The carriers lock them, the carriers unlock them.

     

    They may have told you that they unlocked it, or it may have simply been a misunderstanding.

  • Kathgrissom Level 1 Level 1

    I purchased my 4S at the Apple Store for $625.00, no contract. I explained that I am currently in a TMobile plan so they unlocked for me and sent me to the TMobile kiosk to get the sim that would fit. Obviously, your facts aren't facts.

  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7

    Okay... so it's a miscommunication.

    The iPhone 4S is available in 4 versions in the US (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and Unlocked).  They did not unlock it, they simply sold you an unlocked version.

  • Kathgrissom Level 1 Level 1

    You write with such confidence here that new users like myself could almost be fooled into believing you are some sort of authority. There are two 4S, the A1387 and the A1431. Each comes in three choices of capacity as well as in both black and white so if you want to get technical there are 12 different 4S.

  • wegras Level 6 Level 6

    If you had posted that you purchased the iPhone and it was unlocked that makes sense

     

    Your original post inferred that you took it to an Apple store and they unlocked it

    In which case diesel was correct

    You have to be precise and if you read some of the posts here you will understand

  • FelipeV Level 5 Level 5
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    ...and they are basically the same phone all around out of the box, no matter what carrier, as the lock/unlock is done when you activate it.  All ipHones essentially ship "unlocked", and some are "earmarked" as unlocked and are sold carrier free, which is the one you bought. Has nothing to do with model numbers...

     

    And BTW the numbers you quoted are not model numbers. If you want to get technical....

  • Kathgrissom Level 1 Level 1

    Did I specify those as model numbers?

  • FelipeV Level 5 Level 5
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Whatever....

  • Kathgrissom Level 1 Level 1

    I "inferred"? No, you all assumed. At the time of purchase the genius used the exact words 'I will need to unlock this before you leave the store'. Did he miscommunicate to me?

     

    My whole point here I guess is if we new users must be more specific in our posts to get a helpful answer instead of sarcasm or belittling then you high level helpers should ask us pointed questions that we can answer instead of trying to guess what you are talking about. Help us to help ourselves please.

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