Along with the international iPhone 4S launches, Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhone 4S here in the United States on their online store. Orders placed now are estimated to ship within 1-2 weeks, and as you could have already guessed, expensive.
The contract-free 4S starts off at $649. The unlocked model is only compatible on supported GSM network. Apple has posted some tips to help customers benefit the most of their unlocked iPhone.
The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a contract commitment. You can activate and use it on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.* The unlocked iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 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. To start using it, simply insert the micro-SIM card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.
Although Apple had officially announced the unlocked iPhones would go on sale in November, retail stores started selling off-contract phones after launch.If you’ve been waiting, act now.