Apple has started selling the iPhone 4S without any contract commitments. The iPhone 4S unlocked models will cost $649 (16GB model), $749 (32GB model), and $849 (64GB model). Orders can be placed through Apple’s online store, and all models will start shipping within one to two weeks, according to estimates by Apple. As usual, Apple offers customers the choice to buy the iPhone 4S in either black or white.
Non-iPhone owners considering the freedom from a two-year contract, be aware that there are some strings attached to contract-free versions of the iPhone 4S models. Apple’s website has been warning customers with the message: “The unlocked iPhone works only on supported GSM networks, such as AT&T in the U.S. When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.”
Apple further explains:
The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a contract commitment. You can activate and use it on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States. The unlocked iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 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. To start using it, simply insert the micro-SIM card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.
Apple still offers the original iPhone 4 contract-free a starting price of $649 for the 16GB model and the iPhone 3GS for $375.
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