Apple released the iPhone 4S on October 14th, 2011 in the US, but only allowed phones to be sold on contract. These phones sold on contract are sold at a discounted price ($199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB) and locked to the specific carrier.
Supposedly Sprint’s iPhone 4S is GSM unlocked buy they are going to lock it down. This has yet to be verified. We are waiting for Alan to give us confirmation. Verizon’s iPhone 4S comes locked but you can request an unlock after you have been in good standing for 60 days. Lastly AT&T’s iPhone 4S comes locked if you purchase it at the subsidized price. If you pay the full retail price which is also a non commitment or no contract iPhone 4S you will receive an officially unlocked iPhone 4S.
The best way to make sure that you get a factory unlocked iPhone 4S before Apple’s official release sometime in November is to follow these steps.
1. Go to the Apple Store and ask for a no contract iPhone 4S. An AT&T model. I told them that it was a gift for my brother and did not want to extend his contract.
2. They will then sell you the iPhone 4S at full retail price ($645 for 16GB, $745 for 32GB, and $845 for 64GB).
3. Before you turn the iPhone 4S on make sure to swap the included AT&T sim card with a different sim. I used T-Mobile USA.
4. Plug the iPhone 4S into your computer and open iTunes 10.5+.
5. Go through the setup without selecting wifi, and click connect to iTunes.
6. iTunes will then go through the setup process and you will get the message Congratulations. Your iPhone is Unlocked.
Here is a video of my process. Sorry there is currently no sound. I will try and re-upload it later.
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If you are currently on the $30 iPhone data plan you can keep it as long as you want even if you are eligible for a new iPhone 4 upgrade. You will however lose the $30 plan if you want to tether your iPhone.
AT&T now has 2 data plans to chose from, Data Plus and Data Pro. If you want the tethering option, which will cost you another $20, you have to ditch your unlimited $30 plan for the $25 data pro plan. Data Pro offers only 2GB of data per month. All new customers will only have the Data Plus or Data Pro option.
Now, iPhone 4 hardware pricing.
AT&T customers: To find out when you can upgrade without a penalty you can dial: *NEW# on your iPhone which will generate a text message telling when you can upgrade. AT&T bumped up a lot of people to an early upgrade. They are taking off up to 6 months so be sure to check to see when your contract ends.
If you contract ends after January 1, 2011, you can still get a discounted price but you will have to renew your contract another 2 years still. If you do not want to renew your contract you can buy the iPhone 4 with no commitment. Please see the pricing below:
iPhone 4 16GB with NEW or eligible upgrade $199
iPhone 4 32GB with NEW or eligible upgrade $299
iPhone 4 16GB with upgrade date after January 1, 2010 $399
iPhone 4 32GB with upgrade date after January 1, 2010 $499
iPhone 4 16GB with no commitment $599
iPhone 4 32GB with no commitment $699
The iPhone 4 will be available for preorder on June 15 and in stores on June 24th.read more
A leaked internal document states that anyone can now purchase an iPhone without signing a contract with AT&T. You are limited to purchasing 10 in a lifetime though. That seems a little weird, but as soon as we receive more information we will let you know.
Pricing is:$499 for the iPhone 3G 8GB, $599 for the iPhone 3GS 16GB, and $699 for the iPhone 32GB.
We are being told that these are not unlocked, so you can still only use these on AT&T and will not be able to use them overseas.read more