Off-Contract Apple iPhone 4S Not Arriving Until November


While discussing the start of pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone 4S, we noticed some of you wondering in the comments when you might get a chance to order a carrier-unlocked, off-contract model. According to Apple, such handsets will start shipping-out sometime during November.

Without carrier subsidies to help whittle-down its cost, an unlocked iPhone 4S will start at $649 for the 16GB version, going up to $749 for 32GB and $849 for the new 64GB size.

Even though the iPhone 4S is a hybrid GSM/CDMA world phone, if you were hoping to use it on a CDMA carrier, you’ll have to go through the traditional service-contract route; the unlocked 4S will strictly be for GSM networks, but that’s hardly surprising. Of course, you’ll need to go with a carrier that provides micro-SIM cards if they’re to fit in the 4S.

Just when in November can we hope these free-and-clear 4S models to start arriving? Only Apple knows for now, and it’s not saying. Obviously, we’d like to hope that it’s early-on, and we can’t see any reason why Apple might need to delay their release unnecessarily. Hopefully we’ll get a more precise release date in the weeks leading up to November.

Source: Apple

Via: Mobile Burn

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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