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can i use an old alltel iphone 5s
rcox302
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My family just got converted from Alltel to AT&T, so they got new phones.  Can I use an old Alltel iPhone 5s on my verizon account, to upgrade from my 4s?

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Re: can i use an old alltel iphone 5s
nicholasbranson
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There were 3 different models of iphone 5 made. Here is an excerpt from an apple support page:

Model number on the back cover:

  • A1428: iPhone 5 (GSM model)
  • A1429: iPhone 5 (GSM and CDMA model)
  • A1442: iPhone 5 (CDMA model, China)

OK, so you need a phone that will work on a CDMA network. So either the A1429 or the A1442.

Identifying iPhone models - Apple Support

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Re: can i use an old alltel iphone 5s
Loquat
Sr. Member

I think I've heard that the phone has to be born on the VZW network in order for it to work...

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Snn5
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A lot will come down to the bands it uses.  Alltel was CDMA as well, but while it might work mostly, it won't work completely.  When Vzw and AT&T divided up my state's Alltel service 6 years ago, I had to get a Vzw phone to be fully compatible.

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Re: can i use an old alltel iphone 5s
nicholasbranson
Sr. Member

There were 3 different models of iphone 5 made. Here is an excerpt from an apple support page:

Model number on the back cover:

  • A1428: iPhone 5 (GSM model)
  • A1429: iPhone 5 (GSM and CDMA model)
  • A1442: iPhone 5 (CDMA model, China)

OK, so you need a phone that will work on a CDMA network. So either the A1429 or the A1442.

Identifying iPhone models - Apple Support