Apple Begins Sales of ‘Unlocked’ iPhones in US

Posted in iPhone News by admin. Published June 14th, 2011

Apple Begins Sales of ‘Unlocked’ iPhones in US

The world’s most popular smartphone now comes in a new flavor: unlocked.

Apple announced Tuesday the start of sales in its Apple Store of “unlocked” iPhones for the first time in the U.S. The new phones, which carry a premium price of as much as $749, allow owners to switch carriers — to a limited extent.

A note on Apple’s Store explains the benefit of the unlocked phones: “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.”

Apart from AT&T, the only national U.S. carrier that’s compatible with the phone is T-Mobile USA, and it can provide only phone calls and low data speeds.

The new phones are identical to the version sold for use on AT&T’s network, but don’t require a two-year contract.

Many overseas carriers are compatible with the phone, so international travelers can switch out their U.S. SIM card with one from the local country to avoid AT&T’s international roaming fees.



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