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  • Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4Ss, Sprint Begins SIM-Locking New iPhone 4Ss



    Apple’s online store now has unlocked iPhone 4Ss available for purchase making good on the company’s promise to provide the unlocked handsets sometime in November.

    The unlocked iPhone 4Ss are available for $649 (16Gb), $749 (32GB), and $849 (64GB) will only work on GSM networks and utilizes a micro-SIM card. The phones will work internationally or locally on GSM networks, but the unlocked phones will not work on CDMA carriers like Verizon or Sprint. Obviously, the phones ship without a micro-SIM installed.

    With the unlocked 4Ss going on sale Sprint is making good on its promise to SIM-lock their 4Ss. The SIM-lock occurs during the activation process and will only apply to customers purchasing their 4S 11/11/11 and after. It is unclear if Sprint will allow customers who have purchased a 4S already to retain its GSM unlocked capability or not.

    New Sprint customers who want to use their iPhone 4S internationally will need to contact Sprint Worldwide for “authentication” and once signed up for an international rate plan the phone will have the ability to roam on GSM networks internationally. However, Sprint does claim customers in good standing on their accounts for at least 90 days can call Sprint and request to have their phone unlocked before traveling internationally. This will allow subscribers to pop in prepaid sim cards instead of paying Sprints insane international fees.

    Additionally “off-contract” iPhones Apple retail stores have reportedly been selling remain unlocked after the iOS 5.0.1 update.


    Source: Apple, 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4Ss, Sprint Begins SIM-Locking New iPhone 4Ss started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Why are the unlocked Phones so expensive? I think at this cost is why unlocking them is so hard in US, its to artificially make them cost so much

      Sometimes I think we need a huge consumer group, org that will go after these companies and sue them over these issues
      Unlocking should happen after 24 months of ownership
    1. naveednafees's Avatar
      naveednafees -
      So, I need a little clarification. I bought the iPhone Sprint 4S before 11/11, but opened the seal and tried to activate it on 11/13. (Btw, I am not in the US) The phone does not activate with the international SIM. When I put the Sprint Sim Card (what came with the phone) it activates! and I see the normal home screen. When I replace the sim with my local Sim. Same problem. Goes back to Grey activations Screen! What the Hell! I am reading reports that Sprint phones shipped before 11/11 will not face this problem. But I think it ought to say activate regardless of when it was bought. Anyone have the same problem, please share some light!
    1. Jimleong's Avatar
      Jimleong -
      I'm not sure if it's cheaper or what but i paid € 299 for a 4S and monthly of €40 on o2 in rep of ireland. Best thing bout it is... got it unlocked on the very next day... Hows tat for an unlocked iphone 4S!!!
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by naveednafees View Post
      So, I need a little clarification. I bought the iPhone Sprint 4S before 11/11, but opened the seal and tried to activate it on 11/13. (Btw, I am not in the US) The phone does not activate with the international SIM. When I put the Sprint Sim Card (what came with the phone) it activates! and I see the normal home screen. When I replace the sim with my local Sim. Same problem. Goes back to Grey activations Screen! What the Hell! I am reading reports that Sprint phones shipped before 11/11 will not face this problem. But I think it ought to say activate regardless of when it was bought. Anyone have the same problem, please share some light!

      I'm pretty confident that it was phones activated before 11/11/11.
    1. NBG's Avatar
      NBG -
      Guys, I need information where and if its possible to buy sim free Iphone 4s in New York Apple stores directly. I have friend who is right now in New York and he cannot wait for online shipping, so is there any store which sells sim free Iphone 4s in the store ? He has been in one store and they told him that only he can buy online with shipping between 1-2 weeks.