Apple starts selling unlocked iPhone 4 in the US

By on June 14, 2011, 12:00 PM

As rumored for a while now, Apple has started selling an unlocked version of the GSM iPhone 4 in the US. After offering an unlocked version of the iPhone overseas, the move was inevitable, though it took quite a while.

The unlocked 16GB iPhone 4 is available directly from Apple for $650 while the 32GB model goes for $750. Unlocked iPhone 4s are available in both black and white at the Apple Store.

An unlocked version of the GSM phone means that users can buy it without signing a new contract with AT&T. Unfortunately, the T-Mobile GSM network in the US only partially works with the unlocked iPhone 4: T-Mobile's EDGE is compatbile but T-Mobile's 3G is not. In other words, this is really meant for Americans who travel internationally, since GSM is used by most carriers worldwide.

I'm not sure this is worth purchasing. Although the iPhone 4 is not best phone available right now, in my opinion of course, it's also going to be replaced very soon. While we don't know when the iPhone 5 will arrive, we do know it's coming soon.

The iPhone 5 was largely expected to arrive this month, given the iPhone's history. The first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. The iPhone 3G was introduced on June 9, 2008. The iPhone 3GS was announced on June 8, 2009 and arrived on June 19, 2009 in the first countries. The iPhone 4 was announced on June 7, 2010 and released on June 24, 2010.

Since the iPhone 5 was delayed, recent rumors have suggested production for the device will start in either July or September, but both expect it to arrive in time for this holiday season. If you are absolutely set on buying an iPhone, then you should wait. The iPhone 4 was a great phone when it came out, but now it's no longer the cream of the crop, so you should hold off until the iPhone 5 is out.

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Guest said:

This is good news for I live in the Caribbean and the I-Phone3 is a rarity here not to mention the IP4...! I travel to the US often and will get me one for sure next time.

Det Det said:

Christ this thing is so expensive.

Guest said:

The iPhone 3G came out July 11, 2008, not in June something.

princeton princeton said:

Guest said:

The iPhone 3G came out July 11, 2008, not in June something.

It was introduced on june 9th.

Guest said:

iPhone 5 will be released on 06/24/2011.


Sh*t look at the price lol.

Guest said:

So you can use it on the two GSM carries AT&T and... oh wait soon to be absorbed T Mobile in to AT&T.

MrAnderson said:

I think it is crazy for them to sell these phones at these prices considerinh you can buy and iPad 32 gig wifi for just 600...

There must be something between the phone companies to make it a very small option. The cellular components could not possibly make the price increase so much. It is just hurding people to stick with contracts. This is one of the reasons why phone servers is generally boring and just expensive. Headsets are a cruch for innovation in service beyond coverage and less dropped calls. sigh...

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