I am going to try and consolidate all of the questions I have here:

  1. Can I use the Verizon iPhone5 with a GSM carrier in Europe (Vodafone) and in India (Airtel or Aircel) with both calling and cellular data working properly?

  2. Question 1 extended: Could I use it on the GSM carriers whilst on a 2 yr contract with Verizon? (The way I understand, it does come unlocked??)

  3. On ending my contract will I be able to pop in a t-mobile sim and use it in the US?

Please advise

  • We try not to combine multiple questions into one here, for future reference.
    – segiddins
    Oct 3, 2012 at 14:06
  • @Samuel I apologize. The only reason I consolidated was due to how closely the questions tied into each other. Oct 3, 2012 at 14:10
  • I think it's fine with one and two, but three would be a separate question. It's fine here, since you've already gotten an answer, but it's something to keep in mind for the future: it makes answering questions so much easier.
    – segiddins
    Oct 3, 2012 at 14:11

1 Answer 1

  1. Yes.
  2. Yes.
  3. Yes.

Only quirk is you won’t get LTE data on networks other than Verizon, especially Airtel and Aircel, as Asian carriers use different bands. You are probably gonna get LTE in Europe, and that too most likely on CDMA networks, but you will have to check with the carrier. I really hate this fragmentation.

  • Thanks! I share your sentiments on that last line of yours. I am assuming then, that LTE is the only global issue. I would still be able to use 3G or HSPA globally right? Oct 3, 2012 at 14:12
  • Yes, 3G on CDMA and GSM. Probably 3.5G or 3G+ or 4G (whatever) too, but that too is fragmented, though less than LTE.
    – duci9y
    Oct 3, 2012 at 14:18
  • Thanks again! Here is something I found: engadget.com/2012/09/21/… Oct 3, 2012 at 14:38
  • Yeah, that’s awesome too. I feel that the Verizon phone is the true “global” phone. It at least supports very basic standards like EDGE all over the world.
    – duci9y
    Oct 3, 2012 at 14:44
  • I would buy the Verizon version in a heart beat, but the only let down is the lack of simultaneous voice and data on LTE :( Oct 3, 2012 at 14:57

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