NEW YORK – The Verizon version of the iPhone 5, which went on sale Friday, comes with a secret and unexpected feature: it works on AT&T’s network as well. Confirming blog reports, The Associated Press found that the Verizon iPhone 5 accepts an AT&T “SIM card” – a little chip that identifies a phone to a wireless network. The phone can then be active on AT&T’s network.
It’s the first time Verizon iPhones have been able to access AT&T’s network without complicated hacking procedures. It’s unclear whether the feature is intended and whether the phones will work with other carriers, such as T-Mobile USA.