Unlocked iPhone 4S Hits the Online Apple Store

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Apple began selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 4S through its U.S. online store on Friday. The unlocked phone can be used on most any GSM-based cell service in the U.S. and abroad.

Unlocked iPhones aren’t restricted to use through a single service provider such as AT&T. The phones are sold without a contract, so users aren’t locked into a multi-year deal with a single carrier.

iPhone 4S now available unlockedThe iPhone 4S is available unlocked through the Apple website

The unlocked iPhone 4S is also handy for traveling internationally since users can pick up local micro-SIM cards and avoid hefty long distance roaming fees.

That freedom, however, comes at a price. There aren’t any subsidies on unlocked iPhones, which means they cost substantially more than in-contract phones.

The 16GB iPhone 4S costs US$649, the 32GB version is $749, and the 64GB model comes in at $849. Apple doesn’t offer an unlocked version of the CDMA-based iPhone.

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Comments

archimedes

It appears to cost $20 more than the iPad 2 with 3G (GSM version) which is also contract-free and unlocked.

ibuck

archimedes:  $20 more than the iPad 2 with 3G (GSM version) which is also contract-free and unlocked.

Another reason why a 6” or 7” iPad (with 3G) would be a great item to own. Easier to carry than a large iPad, larger than the tiny 3.5” screens on the iPhone & iPod Touch?and easier than the latter two to type on, surf the web, etc.

Will Apple only see the light after we all buy a 6” Kindle that Amazon says “Fits in your pocket”?

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