Unlocked iPhone 4S for GSM only coming in November

Apple announced its iPhone 4S in its “Lets talk iPhone” Event few days back. For the time being, it can only be purchased using a 2 year contract from one the companies offering it through Apple e.g. Verizon, Sprint or AT & T. For those of you, who dont want to fall to the 2 year contract trap, Unlocked iPhone 4S is a option which is coming direct from Apple itself in November this year.

You can get the following information on Apple’s own webapge. It says that Apple will be providing a unlocked version of its latest phone to the customers in November even though at a higher price compared to the 2 year service contract. Another downside is that unlocked Phone will only work on a GSM carrrier and not on a CDMA carrier. Here is the info from the Apple’s webpage.

The unlocked Phone includes all the features but without a contract commitment. You can activate and use it on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.* The unlockediPhone 4or iPhone 4S will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you’ll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the micro-SIM card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.

Unlocked iPhone 4S Pricing

It will obviously come at a higher price compared to locked one. The pricing for unlocked Phone starts with $649 for 16 GB Model.  32 GB and 64 GB Model will come at a price tag of $749 and $849 respectively.

If I can afford, then I always prefer a contract free device compared to a locked one wither with a carrier or any other form of contract. Even though the pricing may look expensive for a contract free device or no-lock, still in my opinion it is better than a 2 year contract. But as I say, its a personal choice to buy a locked or a contract free device .

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