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Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4 in U.S.

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Yep it will be available unlocked. I just hope it will be a world phone and unlocked so I can use it on Verizon in the US and GSM carriers when I'm outside of the US.
 
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macingman

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Wow amazing. Cheaper than in Australia too. Will be buying iPhone 5 in the USA if it's cheaper over there.
 
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Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4 in U.S.







As we had reported, Apple has started selling unlocked (GSM) iPhone 4 devices in the U.S. early this morning.
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.
Pricing starts at $649 for a 16GB model and $749 for 32GB model. Both White and Black models are offered.

The main advantage of buying an unlocked iPhone is for international travel. The U.S. only has one network (AT&T) which fully supports all the features of an unlocked GSM iPhone. T-Mobile is compatible with voice calls, but the 3G network is not compatible.

Article Link: Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4 in U.S.
 
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ann713

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Darn, just purchased full retail several weeks ago. I'm gonna attempt to exchange.
 
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ratzzo

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I wonder when (if) AT&T will offer to unlock iPhones of customers who have fulfilled their 2-year contract.
I think they have to do that by law, but I'm not sure. At least, here in Europe, it works that way (except we got 1 year contracts).


Geez, do unlocked phones usually cost this much?

Apple makes deals with carriers, so carriers sell it for much lower, and ultimately that's how they lure you into contract subsidized phones.
 
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mdgm

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So the USA is finally catching up to Australia on something! We've had unlocked phones for sale since the 3G ;)
Yeah.

And down here we can have iPhones bought on a contract unlocked. My iPhone 3G is a second hand iPhone that was unlocked. I'm running it on a different carrier to the original owner.
 
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Edmoil12

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Geez, do unlocked phones usually cost this much?

Sadly, yes. Smartphones cost hundreds of dollars and although we get bombarded with ads for $0 or $99 phones, it is all based on the price of the phone minus a heavy subsidy (paid back over the term of the contract).
 
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tom613

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wow that's pretty cheap for Switzerland

Unlocked iPhone4 cost here:

16GB CHF 769.-
32GB CHF 899.-

in USD: 916.-/1'070.-

so for us swiss, this is VERY cheap...
 
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MrSmith

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When I go to Sydney in the summer I'm going to use Skype over the hotel wi-fi. Surely a better option.
 
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