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!