We knew it was coming. We just didn’t know it would be today. Apple has unlocked their own phone. That is right you can walk to the Apple store or order an Unlocked iPhone online on the website. This is just one less reason to jailbreak your iPhone but those that want extra features or apps that are just never going to make it to the established AppStore are still going to want to jailbreak. Yes, that was a run on sentence but it worked well together. The unlocked iPhone 4 requires an active micro-SIM card that you have to get from your GSM wireless carrier. (ie T-Mobile) For now you will still have to connect to iTunes to complete the setup. With iOS 5 due in the fall; I wonder if that is going to still be necessary.
Apple States the following:
“Get all the features of iPhone 4 — FaceTime video calling, Retina display, HD video recording, and more — in a phone that you can activate and use on the supported GSM wireless carrier of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.1If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 4 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.”
Does the unlocked iPhone 4 work with any SIM card or carrier worldwide?
iPhone 4 works with micro-SIM cards from supported GSM carriers. Contact your carrier for a micro-SIM card.
Can I use an unlocked iPhone outside the United States?
Yes. The unlocked iPhone will work on supported GSM carrier networks around the world. Because the unlocked iPhone is sold without a contract commitment, you can establish service and use a micro-SIM card from a local carrier at your destination. Or check with your U.S. carrier regarding international roaming and associated charges.
Are iPhone 4 and iPad micro-SIM cards interchangeable?
No. An iPad micro-SIM card will not work with your iPhone.
Why does the price of the unlocked iPhone differ from the price of a contract-based iPhone?
Carriers typically subsidize the purchase price of the phone when purchased with a service contract. By purchasing your iPhone unlocked, you are not committing to a service contract up front, so you can use any micro-SIM card from a supported GSM carrier, including your current one.