Apple Already Selling Unlocked iPhone 4Ss as "Off-Contract" Devices
Apple announced its plans to offer an unlocked iPhone 4S for purchase sometime in November earlier this month, but that promise appears to have come a little early.
Reports are surfacing that a number of individuals have already received an unlocked iPhone 4S from Apple. It appears phones purchased at Apple and other retail outlets as “off contract” devices come already unlocked. These devices are sold at full price (between $649 and $849) and require no contract commitment to any carrier.
IDownloadBlog was able to purchase a retail iPhone 4S and use it on T-Mobile with no problems, and other MacRumors users have reported similar findings. The users purchased their phones for full price without extending their contracts and upon restoring their device saw the above prompt congratulating them on their unlocked iPhone.
Sprint iPhone 4Ss appear to be unlocked as well. Readers have reported their phones working on GSM networks after inserting their SIM cards. The micro-SIM slot for Sprint users is unlocked to allow customers to use the phone internationally. As of now the phones ship with “roaming SIMs” allowing customers to use the phone internationally, but at an extreme cost to the customer. Sprint has promised to allow customers in “good standing” to unlock the micro-SIM and use lower cost foreign prepaid SIM-cards. While the Sprint iPhone 4Ss are currently unlocked, Sprint has promised to lock them soon.
Have any MMi users been successful unlocking their phones? Were they “off-contract” devices?