Do unlocked phones work on Verizon?

Getting an unlocked phone that wasn't specifically made to work with Verizon on its network is tricky. The CDMA/voice issue pretty much ensures you need a device that's made for Verizon. There are a few exceptions. The good news is that all of Verizon's 4G LTE phones come unlocked out of the box.
A.

Can you put any SIM card into an unlocked phone?

With an unlocked device, a GSM smartphone can be reprovisioned and used on another network simply by popping out the old SIM card and putting in a new one from the new carrier. The carrier doesn't necessarily need to be notified, and you don't need anyone in the store to reprovision your phone.
  • Can you unlock a SIM locked phone?

    Place a SIM card for a different network in the phone and it will ask you for that code. Enter it (sometimes a reboot is needed) and the SIM should be recognized. The SIM card you use for unlocking doesn't have to be on a line that is yours. But your carrier might not want to unlock your phone.
  • What is the difference between an unlocked phone?

    We would like take a moment and explain the difference between a "locked" and "unlocked" cell phone. In the USA Cingular (ATT) and T-Mobile are the 2 large GSM carriers. Sprint and Verizon use CDMA phones which usually don't require a SIM card. First, a locked phone means that it will only work with 1 specific carrier.
  • What is stored on your SIM card?

    A SIM card, also known as a subscriber identity module, is a smart card that stores data for GSM cellular telephone subscribers. Such data includes user identity, location and phone number, network authorization data, personal security keys, contact lists and stored text messages. GSM devices hold contacts.
B.

Can you use a unlocked cell phone on any network?

US Mobile is a GSM carrier. In general, an unlocked GSM phone from AT&T and T-Mobile will work on each other's networks. Older phones from Verizon and Sprint, on the CDMA network, don't operate with a SIM card. That basically means that those phones are restricted and can't be used on another CDMA networks.
  • What is the difference between factory unlocked and unlocked?

    Difference Between Factory Unlocked Phone and Unlocked Phone. A locked phone is tied to one specific carrier and therefore can't be used with other wireless network providers. A factory unlocked phone and unlocked phone can both be used with a SIM card on any network.
  • Can you unlock a SIM locked phone?

    Place a SIM card for a different network in the phone and it will ask you for that code. Enter it (sometimes a reboot is needed) and the SIM should be recognized. The SIM card you use for unlocking doesn't have to be on a line that is yours. But your carrier might not want to unlock your phone.
  • Can you use an unlocked international phone in the US?

    Internationally Unlocked Phones are unlocked from a service provider that it was previously locked to. This sometimes means the phone is unlocked for international use but is not eligible to be used on other US GSM carriers. Factory Unlocked Phones are not made for a specific carrier thus are unlocked out the factory.
C.

Who uses GSM network?

In the US, Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular use CDMA. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM. Most of the rest of the world uses GSM. The global spread of GSM came about because in 1987, Europe mandated the technology by law, and because GSM comes from an industry consortium.
  • Can you get a Verizon phone to work with AT&T?

    Verizon is a CDMA carrier, and operates on a different technology than AT&T and T-Mobile (which are GSM). However, you should still be able to use your unlocked Verizon 4G LTE device on AT&T or T-Mobile, as most handsets will be compatible with both carriers' LTE bands.
  • Is T Mobile CDMA or GSM?

    CDMA vs. GSM. CDMA and GSM are the two radio networks used by wireless carriers and present in cell phones. In the U.S., AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM carriers, while Sprint and Verizon are CDMA carriers.
  • What carrier is Metro PCS?

    MetroPCS (stylized as metroPCS) is a prepaid wireless service in the United States that is part of T-Mobile US, Inc.. MetroPCS provides nationwide talk, text, and data depending on the plan services using GSM, HSPA, HSPA+ and 4G LTE networks.

Updated: 19th September 2018

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