Apple Online Store offered Unlocked iPhone 4S
The unlocked iPhone 4S sales officially began in November 2011 through Apple their website and in Apple Stores. An unlocked iPhone 4S is sold at a high price because of the lack of a contract subsidy, but the main benefit is that the phone may be used on any suitable GSM network through the purchase of a microsim card.
In the USA, this implies an unlocked iPhone 4S works with T-Mobile, AT&T, plus some pay-go plans. Moreover, anybody in possessing an unlocked iPhone 4S can use the product in another country by simply picking up a local sim card, preventing costly roaming fees.
Pricing for that contract-free unlocked iPhone 4S came in at $649/$749/$849 for that 16/32/64 GB models respectively. The unlocked gadget is suitable only with supported GSM networks, and Apple offers top tips on which customers might benefit most by buying an unlocked AT&T iPhone 4S.
“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.”
The company’s retail stores, however, were selling off-contract AT&T iPhone soon after launch, with customers discovering that those devices were also coming through unlocked.