Just a few days back, we reported that Apple will start selling factory unlocked iPhone 4s w.e.f upcoming Wednesday. And just as predicted, Apple is now selling iPhone 4s both on its retail and online stores to its US customers without a multiyear service contract from a mobile carrier. Which means you will be free to choose which mobile carrier you want for your iPhone and you will be able to easily swap sim-cards at any time. But how much is it? Is it worth it?
Factory unlocked iPhone 4 pricing starts at $649 for the 16GB model while the 32GB model runs for $749. Both are available in White and Black variant. Carrier locked iPhone 4s have been sold for $199 and $299 respectively, but the only way that Apple can sell them with such a low price is that because it comes with a contract with a mobile carrier such as AT&T and Verizon. Therefore, locked iPhone prices are subsidized.
Get all the features of iPhone 4 — FaceTime video calling, Retina display, HD video recording, and more — in a phone that you can activate and use on the supported GSM wireless carrier of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.1
If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 4 is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you’ll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide.
While factory unlocked iPhones have been available in other countries such as the UK and Hong Kong, this is the first time that US customers will be able to purchase unlocked handsets.
While this may seem like an excellent offer, it feels like it is far too late and there will only be a few people in the US who will be able to take advantage of this offer. First off, these unlocked iPhones will only support GSM networks, so no you can't use Verizon because they utilize CDMA. Don't think about using T-Mobile either because they utilize a different 3G frequency that is incompatible with the iPhone, unless you want crippled web browsing speeds.
Another reason why it is not practical to buy a new unlocked iPhone is the impending announcement of Apple of their next-gen iPhone. There have been many rumors circulating that the "