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I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: September 08, 2020 10:27AM
I got a used iPhone SE (2016) that I was intending to use as a second line and when i looked it up it said it was GSM and CDMA compatible. I get the SIM card for the service (which happens to be GSM) and it shows “NO SERVICE” even after multiple troubleshooting steps. The customer rep I talked to said the phone was NOT GSM compatible i which is weird because it activated the phone number, etc when i put the SIM in....so......I’m confused....??






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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/08/2020 10:33AM by Jerry®.
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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 08, 2020 10:36AM
What's the model number of this SE (Settings>General>About)?

Here are the different models and the bands they support, what carrier are you trying to use? Any chance that the phone is "carrier locked"?

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There certainly are 2016 SE models that work on GSM, I have several on AT&T, they were purchased as "Unlocked".
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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: September 08, 2020 10:39AM
model MLMH2LL/A
A1723

I was trying to set it up with TracFone.


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GGD
What's the model number of this SE (Settings>General>About)?

Here are the different models and the bands they support, what carrier are you trying to use? Any chance that the phone is "carrier locked"?

[www.whistleout.com]

There certainly are 2016 SE models that work on GSM, I have several on AT&T, they were purchased as "Unlocked".



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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/08/2020 10:43AM by Jerry®.
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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: September 08, 2020 10:40AM
My SE (model MLLX2LL/A) is GSM



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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: September 08, 2020 10:44AM
A1723 (my model) seems to be compatible with Sprint only.



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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 08, 2020 10:48AM
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Jerry®
model MLMH2LL/A
A1723

I was trying to set it up with TracFone.


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GGD
What's the model number of this SE (Settings>General>About)?

Here are the different models and the bands they support, what carrier are you trying to use? Any chance that the phone is "carrier locked"?

[www.whistleout.com]

There certainly are 2016 SE models that work on GSM, I have several on AT&T, they were purchased as "Unlocked".

Looks like it's the A1723 Sprint model, and it won't work on Verizon's 4G network. Do you know what network TracFone is using for your SIM?

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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 08, 2020 11:12AM
The original iPhone SE was a mess when it came to carrier network compatibility.



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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: September 08, 2020 11:14AM
T-Mobile


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GGD
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Jerry®
model MLMH2LL/A
A1723

I was trying to set it up with TracFone.


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GGD
What's the model number of this SE (Settings>General>About)?

Here are the different models and the bands they support, what carrier are you trying to use? Any chance that the phone is "carrier locked"?

[www.whistleout.com]

There certainly are 2016 SE models that work on GSM, I have several on AT&T, they were purchased as "Unlocked".

Looks like it's the A1723 Sprint model, and it won't work on Verizon's 4G network. Do you know what network TracFone is using for your SIM?

[everymac.com]



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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 09, 2020 07:49AM
....jsm.....???



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Re: I thought the iPhone SE (2016) was GSM compatible?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: September 09, 2020 06:29PM
It is beginning to look like the phone may be carrier locked, it should work on t-Mobile.

Original owner could have not finished contract or did not get the phone unlocked after finishing their contract. Or the phone is stolen or was unclaimed lost & found.
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