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  • Sprint and Verizon's CDMA iPhone 4S Unlocking Policies Defined


    If you were about to buy a Sprint iPhone 4S and planned to use its unlocked micro-SIM card slot to avoid the hefty international roaming charges, it appears that it is a limited time offer.

    The folks over at Macworld relayed a statement from Sprint regarding plans to unlock the iPhone 4S’ micro-SIM slot. If customers are “in good standing” with Sprint, then they can request an unlock for their device. The unlocked slot can then be used in conjunction with a prepaid micro-SIM in order to use inexpensive local carriers while traveling (or for you T-Mobile users, with your T-Mobile SIM card and 2G capabilities). On the other hand, if you don’t request for it, you will be stuck using Sprint’s international roaming plans while abroad.

    What it pretty much comes down to is – if you planned to jump ship to Sprint for their unlimited data plan, you should go the extra mile and call Sprint’s customer service to get your phone unlocked for use of the feature. For those of you who are on Verizon, the slot will be locked up on the iPhone 4S and you will be required to have a minimum of 60 days of “good standing” before you can call in to get an unlock for your device.

    The iPhone 4S is the first iPhone to be launched as a “world phone” with both CDMA and GSM capabilities, giving users the options to hop between both networks. This allows users who are on CDMA networks, such as Sprint and Verizon, the option to tap into GSM networks from the same device. As a quick note, Apple will also offer fully unlocked and contract-free versions of the iPhone 4S in a number of countries (with U.S availability beginning in November). The one caveat to the unlocked version is that it will only work on GSM networks and not CDMA.

    So how many of you are getting the iPhone 4S on Sprint or Verizon? Will you be in “good standing” to get your iPhone 4S unlocked for GSM usage? Share any thoughts and comments below!

    Source: Macworld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint and Verizon's CDMA iPhone 4S Unlocking Policies Defined started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      I still think the US government should mandate everyone work on the same frequency and GSM, it's total ******** that only AT&T has worldphone compatibility on all their phones. It totally busts my balls that I can't use my GSM phone on Verizon.
    1. Italia411's Avatar
      Italia411 -
      I wonder if HSPA+ will work on the unlocked Sprint and Verizon 4s while on a gsm network.
    1. bstunt10190's Avatar
      bstunt10190 -
      So theoretically, could one buy a "locked" iphone 4s with a contract with AT&T and then leave AT&T (albeit with fees of course) and unlock the iphone using traditional unlock methods?
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      So if I got a Sprint iPhone and got it unlocked I could stick in my works SIM card and use that line during the day and flip over to my personal sprint line at night or flip flop when I want?
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      Quote Originally Posted by bstunt10190 View Post
      So theoretically, could one buy a "locked" iphone 4s with a contract with AT&T and then leave AT&T (albeit with fees of course) and unlock the iphone using traditional unlock methods?
      It might be possible to do that assuming the jailbreak devs release an unlock method for the iPhone 4S.

      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      So if I got a Sprint iPhone and got it unlocked I could stick in my works SIM card and use that line during the day and flip over to my personal sprint line at night or flip flop when I want?
      Yes
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Sprint is so lame.
    1. emerica6708's Avatar
      emerica6708 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      So if I got a Sprint iPhone and got it unlocked I could stick in my works SIM card and use that line during the day and flip over to my personal sprint line at night or flip flop when I want?
      That would be bad ***, especially if there was a way to have both lines open, like you could receive calls from Sprint or Verizon at the same time, and when you called some one you could choose which carrier to call from.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Sprint is so lame.
      WHy? Theyredoing more for their customers in this regard than att ever has.
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      This is great marketing for sprint and Verizon. Maybe this will force ATT's hand to do the same. I wonder what the unlocking process will be like, i.e. take your phone to Radio Shack and the salesmen behind the counter just does it there? I can see some corruption to be had here.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I had a white 3GS iPhone factory unlocked about a year and a half ago. It was awesome..I was using T-Mobile at the time and called customer support. I was advised they have an "iPhone Plan" ?? haha! Yes that's right T-Mobile has an iPhone plan. They switched me to it and my data started working on the iPhone. Albeit edge but its better than nothing. I didn't notice much of a difference between edge and 3g anyway. I think i'm going to purchase a 4S next month..we'll call it an early Christmas present
    1. Tucnepo's Avatar
      Tucnepo -
      As far as i know discovering motheds of unlocking your iphones from the jailbreak community would be near impossible and meaningless since apple now makes fatory unlocked ones, and soon every major us carriers will have iphone( all but t-mobile now)
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      I think that selling locked phone should be illegal.As for the frequencies, it's the U.S. government that is preventing them form using the same ones, so not much can be done there.
    1. Ikemann888's Avatar
      Ikemann888 -
      More people will jump ship from AT&T to Sprint & Verizon for Unlocking purpose. This may force AT&T to unlock iPhone in the future.
    1. Kory569's Avatar
      Kory569 -
      I hope forces AT&T to unlock iPhones like any other phone.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kory569 View Post
      I hope forces AT&T to unlock iPhones like any other phone.
      I hope so too since I go to Canada a couple times a year.
    1. dcgore's Avatar
      dcgore -
      Wait, Can you unlock a VZ or Sprint 4S and use it with AT&T?
    1. spider_romeo's Avatar
      spider_romeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by dcgore View Post
      Wait, Can you unlock a VZ or Sprint 4S and use it with AT&T?
      why u asking this stupid questions?
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Anybody know how the cost of a Sprint 4S + ETF (paid immediately!) compares with the cost of the unlocked GSM 4S phones that are coming in November?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dcgore View Post
      Wait, Can you unlock a VZ or Sprint 4S and use it with AT&T?
      I fail to see why they are stupid...

      Quote Originally Posted by csglinux View Post
      Anybody know how the cost of a Sprint 4S + ETF (paid immediately!) compares with the cost of the unlocked GSM 4S phones that are coming in November?
      Their ETF is $350 I think. If you were a brand new customer I doubt you would qualify for "good standing" to get an immediate unlock. People wanting to do this is likely the exact reason why they are implementing restrictions like this.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Quote Originally Posted by spider_romeo View Post
      why u asking this stupid questions?
      That might not be such a stupid idea. If you travel internationally and need an unlocked phone, it might be cheaper to buy a 4S from Sprint, immediately cancel the contract and pay the ETF. You will be able to buy an unlocked GSM version direct from Apple, but it will be GSM only, you'll have to wait until November and you'll have to pay lots of $s for it.