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Verizon: We’re Not Going to Lock the iPhone 5

By September 28, 2012May 11th, 2021Blog

Verizon has taken a large leap in the right direction when they announced that they will be selling only unlocked iPhone 5’s.

A Verizon representative indicated that the company plans to sell iPhone 5’s right out of the box without any locks on them, contrary to what they’ve done in the past. Though nothing has been confirmed as of today, there are reports and rumors flying around indicating that Verizon’s iPhone 5 can be used on the AT&T network (and, possibly, Sprint and T-Mobile as well). And that would make sense, because typically unlocking a phone gives all other major carriers access to carrying it on their own networks.

However, the Verizon agent did not indicate whether this “locked” feature is going to be available to people right off the bat, or if it’s a future “update” that the company plans on installing on their iPhones once they’ve sold the majority of them. The speed on Verizon’s 3G/4G-class networks are also completely different, so an iPhone 5 made specifically for Verizon may not handle the AT&T network as well as it should.

The iDownloadBlog, a well-trusted Apple-oriented blog, said late last week that that the biggest triumph was with the smaller carriers. “The big news here is that we have confirmed that you can use a Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T or T-Mobile, freely, even if you’re a brand-new customer under contract,” said the blog.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.