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Unlocked versions of Apple's just-released iPhone 5 are showing up in New York, the Associated Press reports, allowing users of the Curpertino-based computer corporation's smartphone access to more than one carrier.

SIM-like cards

For years, cellphones features what was known as a SIM card or a memory card that not only stored your address book and other features, but also which set the carrier with which the cellphone would work. When introduced yesterday, the AP reported, which has been confirmed by CBS, the Verizon device featured a SIM card -- a small white card a little smaller than a stamp with microelectronics on one side and a distinctive shape -- that would allow the Verizon device to operate on AT&T's network as well.

The iPhone 5, given its configuration now, is a quad-band device, capable of operating on 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz, through the AT&T service. It is a tri-band device that also allows it to work on the 800, 1900 and 2150 MHz bands.

This news comes as a surprised to many as it had been possible to make it work on both bands, but it took some sophisticating hacking to make this possible. This capability might indicate that AT&T is planning to offer the iPhone 5 itself, but right now it gives Verizon users the ability to use this device on both networks.

It is interesting to note, the AP reports, that Verizon buyers are signing two-year contracts for Verizon service, so it is unclear at this moment why the SIM cards is available with AT&T service. It is also unclear whether the unlocked phones will wiork with T-Mobile USA and other carriers.

Similar to iPhone 4S and Sprint

This is similar, AP reports, to the situation last year when Sprint began its sale of iPhone 4S models that would also operate, using the AT&T service. Sprint, though, released software which eliminated this ability quickly after the iPhone 4S went on sale.Unlocked versions of Apple's just-released iPhone 5 are showing up in New York, the Associated Press reports, allowing users of the Curpertino-based computer corporation's smartphone access to more than one carrier.

For years, cellphones features what was known as a SIM card or a memory card that not only stored your address book and other features, but also which set the carrier with which the cellphone would work. When introduced yesterday, the AP reported, which has been confirmed by CBS, the Verizon device featured a SIM card -- a small white card a little smaller than a stamp with microelectronics on one side and a distinctive shape -- that would allow the Verizon device to operate on AT&T's network as well.

The iPhone 5, given its configuration now, is a quad-band device, capable of operating on 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz, through the AT&T service. It is a tri-band device that also allows it to work on the 800, 1900 and 2150 MHz bands.

This news comes as a surprised to many as it had been possible to make it work on both bands, but it took some sophisticating hacking to make this possible. This capability might indicate that AT&T is planning to offer the iPhone 5 itself, but right now it gives Verizon users the ability to use this device on both networks.

Verizon contracts

It is interesting to note, the AP reports, that Verizon buyers are signing two-year contracts for Verizon service, so it is unclear at this moment why the SIM cards is available with AT&T service. It is also unclear whether the unlocked phones will wiork with T-Mobile USA and other carriers.

This is similar, AP reports, to the situation last year when Sprint began its sale of iPhone 4S models that would also operate, using the AT&T service. Sprint, though, released software which eliminated this ability quickly after the iPhone 4S went on sale.

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