When Apple finally started the pre-orders of the iPhone 4S, they announced that the phone will hit stores on October 14 and it’ll only be on contract. They clearly stated that unlocked iPhone 4S will be sold starting in November, next month. The unlocked iPhone 4S will not work on CDMA, that’s a bit of a downer, but it’ll still have Siri. It’ll also be more expensive than a On-contract device. Currently AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are selling the iPhone 4S.
However, certain reports are beginning to rise that say that some people have already got unlocked iPhone 4S from Apple Stores in the United States. According to 9to5Mac, the developer behind the recent Siri port to iPhone 4, Steven Troughton-Smith, happened to buy a so called Off Contract iPhone 4S and discovered that it worked with T-Mobile. That means that he is in possession of an unlocked iPhone 4S and it isn’t November yet. So, what’s all the fiasco here?
Although Apple says that they will begin selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S units in the United States in November, we have learned otherwise. Select Apple Stores in the United States have begun selling contract-free versions of the iPhone 4S, which our friend Steven Troughton-Smith was able to both verify and purchase.
Well, apparently, Apple is selling Off Contract phones at certain Apple Store in the U.S, which doesn’t require you to sign any contract, but does require you to pay the retail price. And the retail price starts from $649 and goes up to $849 depending on the storage. Many others from MacRumors forums have also reported that upon restoring their retail iPhone 4S, iTunes has turned out with the “Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked” message.
So, maybe you can get your hands on one of these Off Contract iPhone 4S by paying the retail price and see if it’s true. It’s always best to get an unlocked iPhone, since you’ll have to freedom to change carriers anytime you want.