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If you look closely at http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/, the SIM-Free unlocked models (A1586, A1524) supports ALL of the LTE bands of the T-Mobile unlocked phones (A1549,A1522), PLUS some additional networks. Here is the exact verbiage on the page (easy to overlook): "Models A1586 and A1524 also support LTE networks listed for models A1549 and A1522." which ...


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I got the machine to boot by starting up in recovery mode and turning off encryption on the drive in mention. Not sure what the implications of not being encrypted is though... useful links: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201255 https://derflounder.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/using-disk-utility-to-unlock-or-decrypt-your-filevault-2-encrypted-boot-drive/


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Strange. That South African iPhone 4S should definitely work in Australia. I believe that the only region lock is on Chinese iPhones (typically, they have a whole different model number), was the Australian carrier using the same cellular technology as your carrier in South Africa (GSM vs CDMA)?


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On the back of your phone you will find a 5 character model number, Specifically the letter A followed by 4 digits. You stated you have an iPhone 5, and it was original to the AT&T network you likely have model A1428 which will work in the USA on Aio Alaska Communications AT&T Family Mobile GCI Net 10 Straight Talk ...


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Your iPhone should work with any GSM carrier, which includes ATT, T-Mobile, and just about all other companies that use this technology. Companies that won't work are Sprint and Verizon or anyone who uses CDMA instead of GSM.



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