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EMPire1990 Level 1 (0 points)

From today Apple released unlocked iphone 5 for sell in Apple Stores without a contract. Do you know if it sells A1428 or A1429? Or maybe both? Thanks.

iPhone 5
  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    A1428 is the ONLY officially unlocked iPhone 5 model sold by apple, in the US.

  • chrisfromgastonia Level 5 (4,185 points)

    16gb, 32gb,64gb on GSM only.

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    As I've already provided:


    A1428 is the ONLY officially unlocked iPhone 5 model sold by apple, in the US.

  • EMPire1990 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. So i guess i wont be able to use lte in europe right?

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    Sure, you can use it just fine in Europe. You just won't have any LTE support. If that's what you want, buy your phone in Europe.

  • hmF138 Level 1 (0 points)


    I'll be in USA on 10th of Dec.

    Do u have any idea that I can buy an "unlocked" iPhone5 in Boston Apple Stores?

    I mean..will they have enough at their stocks? I dont wanna buy it online because I have chance to buy it tax free

  • chrisfromgastonia Level 5 (4,185 points)

    The only way to know is when you get to the store, other than buying it online, thats the for sure way you will know.

  • jtlchen01 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just buy Off contract Verizon A1249 (CDMA model) at any Apple store. The phone support both GSM/CDMA network and it comes pre-unlcok if you buy without contract so it will work on any GSM network. It also cover all the LTE bands as the A1249 (GSM model) sold internationally.


    iPhone 5 spec

    LTE spec


    Keep in mind only Apple store sell Verizon off contract phones. Verizon stores won't sell you one.

  • EMPire1990 Level 1 (0 points)

    So now in Apple Stores one can buy either the off contract verizon A1429 or the off contract A1428 right? However in one can buy only the off contract A1428? I am obviously interested in the A1429, but i didnt see it as a buy option in the apple site. So the order must be done from Apple Store and not from for the A1429 verizon off contract? What about availability and shipment times? Thnx a lot in advance my friend!

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    That's correct, if you want that model, you will have to purchase in an Apple store, no where else. You do realize that it will only support LTE in North America, correct? If you're buying that model to get LTE support anywhere else, you're gonna be disappointed.

  • sanchovium Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi... any issues in buying iphone 5 factory unlocked and using it GSM networks in Singapore / India? The below posts have created a doubt


  • EMPire1990 Level 1 (0 points)

    In fact i wanna use it in Europe, but i dont understand why you say CDMA A1429 will support LTE only in N.America. GSM A1429 (which is sold in europe) supports bands 1,3,5 ,  while the CDMA A1429 supports bands 1,3,5,13,25, so i dont see a reason it wont work in europe. Can you please explain what you meant? thanks

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    EMPire1990 wrote:

    so i dont see a reason it wont work in europe.


    Then buy it & have at it. Apple exerts strict control over LTE & what carriers/models are supported. A carrier can't just turn LTE on & have the iPhone automatically support it. Apple tests themselves before they permit the phone to connect/use LTE. They have designed the CDMA A1429 model, sold in the states, to only support LTE in North America, at the present time. It's your money, so if you want to give it a go, have at it, but don't come back here complaining if you don't get LTE in Europe. There is a model, sold in Europe, that supports LTE in Europe. Why you don't just purchase that model, officially unlocked, escapes me. Not only will you be assured that your phone supports LTE where you live & intend on using the phone, your warranty/support will be EU wide, if purchased in any EU country.

  • Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, need some help guys. My sister recently got me an unlocked iPhone 5 from the US. Model number a1428. She was told that this is a factory unlocked version. She got it to me in India and it doesn't seem to work with the carriers here. I took it to the apple store here and they said that it's under a Contract with AT&T. If its factory unlocked how can it be under a contract and why wouldn't it work in India? Please help. Thanks.

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