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  • Attention UK, France, Canada! Apple Confirms Unlocked SIM-Free iPhones



    It's been a big day of clarification for Apple. From clearing up rumors about an Apple Store app release with an actual Apple Store application, to setting the record straight on SIM-free iPhones being unlocked, Apple fans are getting plenty of answers today - unless, of course, you want to know exactly when your white iPhone 4 will be ready

    Today, Apple is confirming that the SIM-free iPhones sold in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France are, indeed, unlocked. Needless to say, these unlocked devices aren't locked in to any one provider - you know, like we're used to in the US. Available without contract and ready for use with any preferred carrier is a remarkably refreshing concept, isn't it?

    From Apple:

    When you purchase your iPhone from the Apple Online Store, you’ll get it commitment-free. So you can sign up for service with the carrier of your choice and change your carrier at any time.
    Here's the financial skinny, if you're not already familiar. The SIM free unlocked iPhone 4’s can be purchased for 499 (16GB), and 599 (32GB) in the UK. It'll run you €629 (16GB) or €739 (32GB) in France. And, lastly, expect to cough up $649 (16GB) or $749 (32GB) in Canada. As expected, the iPhone is substantially more expensive without a contract attached. "Carriers typically sell the iPhone with a contract that subsidizes the initial purchase price of the phone," reminds Apple on its FAQ page. "By purchasing your iPhone without a contract, you can use any SIM or micro-SIM card from a compatible carrier, including your current one."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Attention UK, France, Canada! Apple Confirms Unlocked SIM-Free iPhones started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 151 Comments
    1. merllen's Avatar
      merllen -
      It's quadband and will work on att or tmobile
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      sounds sweet for those who want unlocked iphone.
    1. Joe270's Avatar
      Joe270 -
      I officially hate Jobs and Att......
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      Anyone need iphone 4 let me know. I am getting one from canada too. my family lives there. I can also get it from UK as I have family there too.

      Thanks
    1. eZStaR's Avatar
      eZStaR -
      This is going to increase iPhone sales by 3223923892893 percent lol. Good bye android.
    1. RF1's Avatar
      RF1 -
      for those that hate at&t..there is some light at the end of your tunnel
    1. myke580's Avatar
      myke580 -
      hmmm now i can get one!
    1. lunercrab's Avatar
      lunercrab -
      Hmm i'm acutally bout 6 hours from Canada. Road trip maybe . No but seriously would they even let u buy one with a us address?
    1. n1c3jack3t's Avatar
      n1c3jack3t -
      Quote Originally Posted by hapishyguy View Post
      Anyone need iphone 4 let me know. I am getting one from canada too. my family lives there. I can also get it from UK as I have family there too.

      Thanks
      I live in Seattle and may just drive up to BC to grab one. If I'm assuming correctly, we just walk into the Apple store and drop $650 and then we're done? Sounds easy enough for me. Haha. Hapishguy - would you charge any fees or anything? Or just shipping?
    1. sunbeam83's Avatar
      sunbeam83 -
      pity it's still so bloody expensive though

      in the UK the real reason this is getting such interest is because you can cling to your 'unlimited' data by signing up for a cheap o2 contract (SIMplicity) before they change their tariffs to cap data, provided you find your iphone 4 elsewhere
    1. Punisherrrrrr's Avatar
      Punisherrrrrr -
      lol not gonna happen
    1. n1c3jack3t's Avatar
      n1c3jack3t -
      Quote Originally Posted by lunercrab View Post
      Hmm i'm acutally bout 6 hours from Canada. Road trip maybe . No but seriously would they even let u buy one with a us address?
      That's my main question, too. And with a US credit card.
    1. bellbm's Avatar
      bellbm -
      Quote Originally Posted by merllen View Post
      It's quadband and will work on att or tmobile
      But it won't work on T-Mobile's 3G in the US, correct?
    1. gage006's Avatar
      gage006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bellbm View Post
      But it won't work on T-Mobile's 3G in the US, correct?
      THIS! We need answers.

      Just checked, nope.

      "# UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      # GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)"

      T-Mobile 3G is 1700
    1. Wrassle's Avatar
      Wrassle -
      Can't pre-order a Iphone 4 from the Canadian Apple store yet.. just says "Coming Soon" -- but the 3gs is there...
    1. bunty4383's Avatar
      bunty4383 -
      Change you country regon in Apple and get more info.

      NO. you cant order from U.S. some one needs to be in Can. Uk. or Frn.

      Hope this will help and Apple dont be so jurk with AMERICANS we need unlock Iphone too.
    1. isuck's Avatar
      isuck -
      this is tota carp! Everone hates At&t, otherwise people wouldn't be unlocking their damn phones. Why cant Apple just make them to work within T-mobiles 3g specs, publicly say they dont condone unlocking, and enjoy the sales?
    1. pauloipam's Avatar
      pauloipam -
      Hello!

      I have a question:

      I have reserved an iPhone 4 Sim Free from Apple.UK.

      I'm from Portugal and I'm going to pick up my iPhone in London.

      I received an e-mail with a link (Apple Retail Store - iPhone at the Apple Store) with "what to bring" when I pick up my iPhone, but it only refers the iPhones that are going to be bought with contract.

      Does it mean I don't have to bring nothing, just pick it up?

      Thanks in advance!
    1. endriti's Avatar
      endriti -
      go canada...
      I suggest all americans to buy the sim-free unlocked iphone 4 from canada. 3gs owners will be asked to pay full price for their iphone 4, which is 640 after taxes, might as well buy it in canada for less and sim-free.

      T-mobile customers cannot use 3g as t-mobile usa works on 1700/2100

      canada is where its at
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Quote Originally Posted by merllen View Post
      It's quadband and will work on att or tmobile
      Not true.