Surprise: CDMA iPhone 4S Comes With An Unlocked SIM Slot

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  1. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

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    http://appadvice.com/appnn/2011/10/surprise-cdma-iphone-4s-comes-with-an-unlocked-sim-slot


    The days when CDMA iPhone users were at a disadvantage when traveling internationally are long behind us. As just discovered by Macworld, the iPhone 4S is even more of a worldphone than we originally thought.

    According to them, not only can your Sprint or Verizon CDMA iPhone be used internationally on GSM networks, but the SIM slot that it comes with is actually unlocked, meaning you can pop in any SIM you want. That’s right, when you’re traveling to other GSM countries, you’ll be able to buy a local micro-SIM card (or a normal one and cut it), and pop it into your iPhone 4S.

    While Sprint will be making this a standard, Verizon will still be locking the iPhone 4S SIM slot for new users, and will only grant what they call “international unlock” for folks who’ve been good and around for at least 60 days.

    The big unknown, of course, is whether you could actually pop an AT&T micro-SIM into such a device. We’ve tried to find out, but haven’t been able to figure that out yet. If it’s the case, that would be a very interesting feature. After all, since you’re paying for the contract, why should the carrier prevent you from doing what you want with the phone, right? But that’s a whole other debate.
     
  2. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

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    That's so cool to know so when I go on vacation next year I can actually use my iphone 4s, this year i had to use the 3GS :(
     
  3. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    So what happens if you swap out the "roaming" SIM with another from an international carrier?
     
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  5. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    it won't work?

    there has to be a reason why sprint is buying so much phones. they plan to make money on them somehow
     
  6. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Cheapest plan on Sprint for an iPhone is $70/month, 2 year contract. So about $1700+200 for the phone, or $200 phone and $450 ETF... Same price as unlocked.

    See above. Even of you put another SIM in there they're still gonna get paideia her your contract rate or the ETF. Also, most world phones are unlocked (either out of the box or on request) for international SIMs but NOT for domestic ones.

    Lastly most people who are going to travel just one or twice with a phone aren't going to bother getting a SIM for it from the local country, they'll all up their provider and add an international roaming plan or $20-99 depending on features and duration and just be done with it, so he carriers will make that money for the infrequent travelers.
     
  7. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

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    According to MacWorld the sprint CDMA is unlocked for GSM. Hope this is true!!!
     
  8. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure sprint ETF is 350$ no 450$
     
  9. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    Hello Sprint, Bye bye ATT

    I still got almost a year contract to go on ATT for two lines. Have to wait until then jump to sprint.

    Wish sprint offers some competitive discount where i can switch to ATT.

    my main reason is for the unlocked international GSM usage.

    scratching to head find some way to jump now :eek:
     
  10. Blorzoga macrumors 68030

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    Wow, supercool!
     
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    If this is true...I have a serious reason to switch carriers. I have no problem w/ having a contract...i just need to be able to travel overseas w/ it. If I can save on an unlocked iPhone...that is winning. Time will tell...
     
  12. wratran macrumors regular

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    From all the reading...
    It could be gsm lock to ATT and tmobile...but not international
     
  13. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

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    So this means if i have a prepaid sim card from rogers, it will work on verizon/sprint iphone 4s? If so, i am going to buy one on ebay and not wait for the unlocked version coming in november. Please confirm, i seriously do not want to wait until november to get the new iphone.
     
  14. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    That what it looks like it, unless someone tries it and confirms it, it is just a news.

    Wait till some one reports it.

    There is going to be a pressure to ATT to unlock the iPhones, let us see!
     
  15. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

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    I will check when i get my Sprint version one, I won't activated I just going to put tmobile sim LOL
     
  16. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I highly doubt it will be unlocked to any GSM sim.
    It will not accept or recognize foreign sims besides the Sprint or Verizon sim that it comes with.
    We will see though.
     
  17. likegadgets macrumors 6502

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    If a Verizon phone comes with 100% unlocked GSM, that is reason alone for me to switch to Verizon from AT&T.
     
  18. apollo1444 macrumors 65816

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    those phones aren't factory unlocked... they are just "internationally unlocked" for American only users...I'm pretty sure the phone will not work with T-mo usa or att, this is my own theory tho'
     
  19. bidwalj macrumors 6502a

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    i hope this is true. I travel to canada frequently to visit family and use a rodgers sim there in my unlocked iPhone 4. I'll be getting the sprint 4s and can test to see if the rodgers sim works in it. I'll post back my results once i get the phone.
     
  20. wratran macrumors regular

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    Awsome!
    Thanks ahead
    If this work...this will be cheaper than buying apple unlock phone....200 + 350 ETF = 550 for 16 gb on sprint vs 650 from apple
     
  21. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    thank you...
     
  22. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I let you know hopefully get it on Friday I got a mini sim for my tmobile line (company phone ) and I'll try it out before activating in my line
     
  23. brazil5376 macrumors member

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    My old blackberry with Sprint was unlocked and I used a prepaid sim in Brazil
     
  24. shanmugam macrumors 68020

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    remember though
    1) Activation fee ($36) ?
    2) mostly first month service charge ($50) charge?
    3) Credit Check?

    it is beneficial to the users who use GSM outside of USA, but ok with Sprint/Verizon Locked when they are here in the USA.

    not really for the users who are trying to get a unlocked iPhone ($650 may be headache free).

    Do I make sense?
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    There's a big difference.
    Any cellphone can be unlocked in the past 4+ years but the iphone here. So I wouldnt be surprised if our US money hungry carriers wouldnt lock it to their own GSM sims only.
     

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