The floating rumor that Apple will be selling SIM-Free iPhones has now been confirmed. Apple is selling fully unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 4 in its UK stores. This is great news, indeed, for all of us awaiting the iPhone 4.
How is this Good News?
For most countries including India and US, Apple has only been selling iPhones which are locked to a particular career like Airtel or AT&T. Hence, we were forced to remain tied to that career for the remaining period of the contract if we wished to try the iPhone. Software hacks had earlier made it possible to use some of the iPhones with other careers worldwide but now it seems we can skip all that trouble.
The SIM-free iPhone is contract-less so it can be used with any GSM provider worldwide no matter which country you purchased it in. Yes, I’ve been considering the idea of getting one imported too!
- Finally iPhone4 is Revealed: Thinnest SmartPhone Ever
- New Detailed Features of iPhone4
- Pre-orders of iPhone 4 Started
What is the Price?
Here are the prices of the iPhones available in the UK Store
- iPhone 3GS 8GB – £419 – Rs. 28,900
- iPhone 4 16GB – £499 – Rs. 34,400
- iPhone 4 32GB – £599 – Rs. 41,300
The prices seem very attractive and actually are cheaper than the so called subsidised prices here in India.
I hope Apple strikes some proper deals with the Indian providers when the iPhone 4 arrives in India. Till then you can rely on your friends abroad.
Apple also answered a few other questions that might have come up in your mind. Here they are:
Does iPhone work with any SIM card or carrier worldwide?
iPhone 3GS works with SIM cards and iPhone 4 works with micro-SIM cards from compatible carriers, including prepaid cards. Non-GSM carrier networks do not support iPhone. Availability of 3G data depends on carrier support for the radio frequencies used by iPhone.
Do I need to commit to a long-term contract for my iPhone?
Buying a SIM-free iPhone from the Apple Online Store allows you choose your own carrier and change carriers at any time. iPhone may also be available at a reduced initial price with a contract directly from your wireless carrier.
Can I use my iPhone outside my home country?
Yes. iPhone is enabled to work on carrier networks using GSM around the world. Because the iPhone sold by the Apple Online Store is SIM-free, you can purchase a SIM or micro-SIM card and service from a local carrier at your destination. Or check with your home carrier regarding international roaming charges.
If I buy iPhone from this Apple Online Store, can I ship it to another country?
No. Orders placed through this Apple Online Store can be shipped only within the country of purchase. You can also shop for friends and family in countries where iPhone is sold. Just visit the local store of the country where you want your products delivered. Or for fast, easy ordering and expert advice, just call an Apple Online Store specialist at 0800 048 0408.
You can find more details about the same here.