“Off Contract” iPhone 4S is Already Unlocked
An unlocked iPhone 4S were ‘officially’ came out in November last year. We want to remember you once more that in accordance with 9to5Mac, if you purchased an off-contract unlocked iPhone 4S from AT&T, your device is definitely unlocked.
“Off Contract” iPhones 4S are sold at full market price and do not lock you into a contract with AT&T. The costs of these models are $649, $749 and $849 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPhone 4S models.
The discovering was mentioned by 9to5Mac and had already been talked about in the MacRumors forums where a variety of users realized that iTunes informed them of the “Congratulations your iPhone has been unlocked” message from iTunes:
“I really have no idea. Part of me thinks it was some kind of glitch. The only thing I can think of is that a paid full price and didn’t extend my contract. I ordered through Apple too. I wish there was a way I could confirm it, but I don’t have any T Mobile or foreign sims laying around lol – BFW122083
The same thing appeared on mine when I did a restore… I am wondering if it came like this from the factory because I paid the full $849.99 for a 64 GB because my AT&T contract was not eligible for an upgrade…”- mjcxp
The most popular thread was that they were purchased as off contract iPhone 4S released recently. Developer @stroughtonsmith has since confirmed this by getting one himself.
At the same time, it appears Sprint iPhone 4S are also come GSM unlocked based on @gruber who was able to correctly use a Canadian SIM card in the Sprint iPhone 4S. Even so, Sprint has guaranteed to lock them later on.