Are all Verizon’s iPhone 5 unlocked?

Verizon provides iPhone 5 unlocked

Want to own an unlocked version of the iPhone 5? Look no further, as Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog found out that his new iPhone 5 which comes under contract with Verizon is unlocked.

He tried this by removing his Verizon SIM and replaced it with a cut down version of this AT&T Micro SIM. He was surprised to find out that his new iPhone 5, which he thought was Verizon locked, worked well with his AT&T SIM card.

Usually, smartphones that come with a contract from a telecommunication network are locked with that network. So, a Verizon locked smartphone wouldn’t work with an AT&T SIM and vice versa.

Last April, a Verizon representative called the iPhone 5 as a “Global Device”.

Taking a hint, this might not be a mistake for the company. Having an iPhone 5 that is contracted with their company that is unlocked might be their new way to entice businessmen who visit international countries frequently to use a Verizon iPhone 5, since they can easily swap in their SIM card of choice when they are in other countries.

iPhone 5’s predecessor, the iPhone 4S was released to have dual antennas so that it can be used in both American and European networks.

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AT&T has more iPhone users, Verizon has more Android users

Subscribers from different telcos in the United States have varied opinions when it comes to choosing a smartphone. Although when we speak about operating systems, Google’s Android clearly leads the way with a 52.2% share to the 33.4% share by Apple.

But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, who surveyed consumers that bought smartphones between June and August of this year, iPhone is more popular when clients choose AT&T.

At the same time, Verizon Wireless clients chose Android smartphones more frequent than that of the iOS device. Android smartphone has a slim lead from iPhone in Sprint and the Android is clearly the runaway winner in T-Mobile (which doesn’t carry the iPhone).

AT&T has been pushing  iOS or iPhone sales for years now and Verizon has been pushing Android handsets from their stores.

According to CIRP co-founder Michael Levin, as told to AllThingsD, “AT&T has clearly benefited from their early iPhone exclusivity. iPhones still account for more than half of their activations. Android makes up about a third, followed by a very small number of BlackBerrys and basic phones. Verizon has a more diversified operating system base. Android phones account for about half of activations there, iPhones about a quarter. They also activate a surprising number of basic phones.”

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iPhone 5 pre-order stocks sold out in Verizon Wireless and AT&T

Pre-orders for Apple’s new baby, the iPhone 5, have come and then gone. More and more people are now ordering their iPhone 5 through the Web and Apple’s iOS app store, which they say is the best place to purchase the device.

Rather than waiting for the iPhone 5 to hit the shelves on September 21, individuals went online to purchase their latest gadgets.

Verizon Wireless was the telecom company to sell out their iPhone 5. It is good to note that they have offered their clients an unlimited data plan. This may the primary reason as to why their stocks was the first to sell out.

On their website, they said that the delivery dates for their iPhone 5s will be on September 26. This goes out to all iPhone 5 colors and all variants.

AT&T on the other hand, sold out a few hours after Verizon. The reason might be because of their shared data plans. Shipping days may last from 14 to 21 business days.

Ordering through Apple’s website was difficult for some as a few reported that they were having difficulty getting in the site.

If you hate having to wait in line in Apple Stores and camping out just to get your hands on an iPhone 5, then keep your fingers crossed that you can still find a US carrier offering the iPhone 5.

Try Sprint if they still have some units.

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Verizon allows FaceTime use over data connection at no extra charge

Verizon Wireless has upped the ante for avid FaceTime users as the telecommunications firm said that using FaceTime over their data plans will not be charged. A big sigh of relief there for Verizon Wireless users.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “All Verizon Wireless customers will be permitted to use the data-intensive application with no additional charges, including those remaining on unlimited data plans.”

This comes as a big blow to AT&T and their subscribers as the company has previously decided, that although there won’t be any extra charges, but the data they will use will be subdivided into shared plans.

FaceTime used to be an app that only worked in WiFi connections. But on iOS 6, which runs the new iPhone 5, FaceTime can now be used in your network’s data connection.

Verizon Wireless subscribers fist pumped when they heard the news that they won’t be charged for extra when they use FaceTime.

Another telecom company has also come upfront to allow their subscribers to use FaceTime without paying an extra amount.

Sprint is also enabling their subscribers data usage for their FaceTime connection.

Verizon used to toy with the idea of shared data plans but has since pulled out from their shared data fantasies.

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T-Mobile to offer “truly unlimited” 4G data to clientele

T-Mobile is going to go against the tide joining Sprint, as the company announced that they will be offering unlimited data service to their customers.

Unlike AT&T and Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile has decided to offer a “truly unlimited” 4G data plan that has “no data caps, speed limits or bill shock.”

You will be charged an extra $20 to your text plan and $30 when bundled together with your voice and text plan. The total bill for an unlimited plan which includes unlimited voice, text and 4G data could cost you as much as $89.99.

This is cheaper compared to AT&T’s 20 GB data plan. The latter charges you $200 per month when you add it to your unlimited text and voice calls. Sprint on the other hand is offering an unlimited data plan with unlimited text and calls for $110.

T-Mobile is hoping that this new unlimited data plan could further boost the number of their subscribers. They are currently lagging behind market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

4G LTE technology is coming to T-Mobile next year so be sure to include this in your decision before you sign up for this service.

This new unlimited 4G data plan will be available to US consumers beginning September 5.

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Verizon’s 4G problems continue

It seems like Verizon still hasn’t fixed their 4G problems. It was reported on this website back on December 7 that the latter’s clients have been experiencing problems with the 4G technology of the network. And it seems that some are still experiencing trouble accessing the technology.

Verizon Wireless is investigating reports that some of their subscribers have been complaining about this problem. This was reported by Reuters. They also added that a company spokesperson have told them that the Verizon had to face service problems with its faster wireless service.

The LA Times also added that Verizon customers around the United States have reported that there is widespread outages of the company’s 4G wireless network and as well as spotty performance of the older 3G service.

According to Verizon Wireless spokesperson Marquett Smith, “the network continues to operate and all customers continue to be able to make calls, send text messages and utilize data services. 3G devices are operating normally.

Verizon Wireless is owned by Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc.