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    Iphone 5s on CDMA Verizon Network Through Straight Talk

    Hey guys, 1st post here. Been doing a ton of research on iphones and networks and Straight Talk. I live in a rural area where the only decent call coverage is Verizon. I really want the Iphone 5s but am afraid it is a GSM only phone, I chatted the Straight Talk people and that is what they said.

    Is there any way to get the Iphone 5s on the CDMA Verizon network through Straight Talk?

    Is the next best option to get the Iphone 5? I believe that will work on Verizon's CDMA if purchased through Straight Talk.

    Thanks guys.

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    Supposedly Straight Talk is now selling the iPhone 5S through Wal-Mart stores. That is the only CDMA based iPhone 5S Straight Talk will activate for use on its Verizon side. It will not activate any model CDMA iPhones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    Supposedly Straight Talk is now selling the iPhone 5S through Wal-Mart stores. That is the only CDMA based iPhone 5S Straight Talk will activate for use on its Verizon side. It will not activate any model CDMA iPhones.
    So you are saying it for sure is possible to get Verizon coverage if I go right to walmart and buy a new 5s from them? I am under the impression this is a GSM only version of the Iphone.

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    @Dabman. You should go to your local walmart to see if they are selling the iPhone 5S. Your local walmart should only sell units that will work in the area. But you should also asks a sales associate the details about the ST iPhone 5S and their return policy. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dabman View Post
    So you are saying it for sure is possible to get Verizon coverage if I go right to walmart and buy a new 5s from them? I am under the impression this is a GSM only version of the Iphone.
    the straight talk iphone 5s/5c are gsm because both phones have LTE. if you want an iphone on verizon there's the st iphone 5
    which is 3G only and is on verizon prepaid non roaming network.

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    As october262 said, the Straight Talk iPhone 5 is CDMA, the new 5C and 5S are GSM.
    If you want a ST iPhone that runs off Verizon towers, get the ST iPhone 5.

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    In the footnote for LTE, Straight Talk says that LTE availability depends upon the carriers. If it is AT&T only, why do they use the plural? Straight Talk's coverage map on the page where they advertise the iPhone 5S and 5C look surprisingly like the Verizon coverage maps with the holes in West Virginia and Texas. http://iphone.straighttalk.com/
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/12...ancing-option/

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    How can I get that to work on a iphone5 from cellcom it's uses CDMA to


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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    In the footnote for LTE, Straight Talk says that LTE availability depends upon the carriers. If it is AT&T only, why do they use the plural? Straight Talk's coverage map on the page where they advertise the iPhone 5S and 5C look surprisingly like the Verizon coverage maps with the holes in West Virginia and Texas. http://iphone.straighttalk.com/
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/12...ancing-option/
    Use zip code 30673 to check for availability of the 5S and 5C. This is a Verizon only zip code. They get no signal on any other carrier. You will see that the 5C and the 5S do not show up as available, so they are not Verizon phones.

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    I suspect that they will offer LTE on more than one carrier in the future depending upon the market. They claim "ultrafast wireless service" for the iPhone 5S. What is ultrafast about 3G EV-DO?. There are rumors that Verizon will start offering LTE on prepaid in the first quarter of 2014. Whether it will reach down to MVNOs is unclear.
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    Walmarts return policy on cellphones is 15 days, items bought in Nov and Dec can be returned by Jan 10th.


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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    I suspect that they will offer LTE on more than one carrier in the future depending upon the market. They claim "ultrafast wireless service" for the iPhone 5S. What is ultrafast about 3G EV-DO?. There are rumors that Verizon will start offering LTE on prepaid in the first quarter of 2014. Whether it will reach down to MVNOs is unclear.
    I meant "ultrafast wireless" service for the iPhone 5. The Edit Post option was gone before I noticed the error.

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    Earl this description is straight from the Apple store, they copied it.


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    How can I get a phone to work that's from a cellcom service


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    Quote Originally Posted by lopezjay36 View Post
    How can I get a phone to work that's from a cellcom service


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    the cdma iphone 5 has an unlocked sim card port for an AT&T/tmobile nano sim.
    you won't be able to use the cdma side on straight talk. only the AT&T/tmobile side.
    you will also need to trim the sim down to nanosize as st currently doesn't sell
    nano sims yet.

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