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Unlocked iPhone 4S Hitting U.S. in November

by Adriana Lee | October 7, 2011October 7, 2011 8:30 pm PDT

When Apple Canada promised the unlocked iPhone 4S for our neighbors up North on October 14, some American users wondered when it was coming to our shores. Apple answered that today, when it updated its site with more info and listed a November release month.

There’s no specific date listed yet, but regardless, at least it won’t be long to wait. The unlocked prices revealed are as follows: 16GB for $649, 32GB $749, and 64GB for $849.

Fast Facts

The unlocked iPhone 4S will:

  • not require a contract from any carrier
  • not work on Verizon Wireless‘ network
  • not work on Sprint‘s network
  • only work on supported GSM carriers (like AT&T)
  • not work on T-Mobile via 3G or HSDPA/HSPA+. (It doesn’t support the necessary 1700 / 2100 AWS bands or HSDPA frequencies.) It will, however, work via Edge, just like unlocked iPhones have always done

Remember — the 4S, like the 4 before it, takes a micro SIM card, so you’ll want to bear that in mind if you’re traveling with this. Or here at home, if you’re willing to join the ranks of the many users saddled with 2G speeds just to remain with that beloved Magenta carrier, at least you’ll have an easier time of it now that Tmo offers iPhone-friendly micro SIM cards.

Here’s that message about unlocked handsets from Apple’s page again:

About the Unlocked iPhone

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.

Has anyone grabbed an unlocked 4S, or are you planning to? Or are you waiting for the iPhone 5, AT&T/Tmo merger, or another hot handset to compare (*cough* Nexus Prime) or event before you decide?

[via ZDNet]


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...

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