4S will be unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vomer, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. vomer macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    So I am a bit confused...

    Since the 4s is a world phone... does that mean all iphone 4s sold will be unlocked?
  2. Vic-Viper macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2010
    I asked the same question. Seems like its implied in the press release.
  3. Trauma1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    World phone means that it has the capability of being used on GSM and CDMA networks. That is all it means.
  4. drb1992 macrumors 6502


    Oct 4, 2011
    This is on Apple's website. "CDMA available only if iPhone 4S is sold and activated for use on a CDMA network."
  5. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    If you buy it subsidized, then it will be locked to that carrier. If you buy it outright, then it will come unlocked. That's how it is for Canada, and it should be like that for the States now that they have started selling iPhones unlocked, but again, only full price not on contract.

    Being a world phone just means that it has the ability to roam on other GSM networks other than your home network. The reason they are advertising this is because the Verizon iPhone 4 wasn't world phone because it was stuck on CDMA networks. The 4S can do both.
  6. awadeee macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
    Viper City
    No. World phone means that it's both CDMA and GSM compatible. Like the Blackberry World Edition however many years ago.

    But think about if you bought one factory unlocked; it would truly be versatile. You could sign up for service on Verizon CDMA here and then when you travel to India next spring, you could pick up a local SIM card and use that instead.
  7. richlee111 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    There's a very, very good chance that the phones sold directly by the U.S. carrier phones will still be carrier locked. They will of course be usable in other countries, but you will be paying the crazy roaming fees to your carrier.

    I'm just hoping that the Apple stores will still continue to sell the unlock version.
  8. jsolares macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    Land of eternal Spring
    actually AT&T sold locked phones at full price as well, and when the unlocked ones came out from apple they where then 50$ higher :S
  9. vomer thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    ah that makes sense. Its too bad its not all unlocked. But that Siri technology looks so cool :D
  10. richlee111 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Yup. The U.S. carriers do not have to sell any phones unlocked. Even at full price. Again, I'm hoping that the Apple store will carry the full unlocked version.
  11. oilfighter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    In US, AT&T and Verizon will sell the 4S as locked. The phone will have the proper antenna for roaming overseas, but since it's locked, you'll be stuck paying over priced roaming fees, and can't use a local SIM.

    I would also advise against using siri while roaming overseas, it requires a data connection, and roaming data connection costs a ton of money.

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