Apple (in the US) now offers unlocked iPhone 4 for $649 (16GB) and $749 (32GB). A little too late, I'd say. I don't see the appeal of an overpriced year old technology. I'd probably get one if it's under $500. In the meantime I'll just wait for the next gen iPhone. Hopefully they have an unlocked (unsubsidized) version.
The unlocked version is a GSM phone - and Verizon is a CDMA network... not compatible.
The next version of the iPhone will be a one hardware/one iOS version that will run on Verizon and/or AT&T - and you will be able to take that phone, and use it globally either by getting a SIM card from a local provider where you're traveling, or, via your US provider's global roaming options.
Thanks for the added details. I forgot to mention the unlocked version is only for GSM network. Yeah rumors say the next gen will be all in one (GSM + CDMA) phone but I'll believe it when I see it.
I walked into an Apple store in Munich on Marienplatz a cople of weeks ago, and looked at the unlocked Iphone 4. The two versions were 629 and 729 euros plus 17 something percent VAT! Crazy! The pricing is so far off that if an EU ciitzen needs an Ipad2, a MAC, and a phone, it makes sense for them to come spend a week in Washington DC and buy everything here. Toss the boxes, set it all up, and fly home with your brand new, much, much cheaper toys!
I was going to buy the unlocked Iphone 4, but now I am thinking I might wait for the 5, because on Tmobile, my Nokia N8 is much faster for data. Ovi maps worked quite well in Europe too, allowing me to navigate the trams systems in several cities with ease.
i do like my iphone but not at those prices
I have an ATT RAZR. Can I get an Unlocked phone with a keyboard and just switch the simm card or do I need to know which phones will work on my ATT simm. I guess it's google time for me. My son is into texting and me trying to reply without a keyboard is driving me up the wall.
Any unlocked GSM phone will work with your ATT SIM. You may need to go to a store and have them input the electronic serial number into the network as most US companies work with blocks of EINs and an unlocked from another carrier or manufacturer not in their lineup may not register on the network until the EIN is in the system.
Unlocking something like your RAZR isn't really worth it, the cost is about $40 from one of the shops that can plug the phone in or transmit the proper codes over the air. I have a RAZR I now use as an emergency phone without an active SIM. It can dial 2 numbers 9-1-1 or 6-1-1 and that's it.
Actually, there are no ESN's on GSM devices. ESN's are for CDMA networks. GSM uses IMEI's for device network registration.
Yes, some providers do use whitelisting for devices, so that will stop people from getting 3G provisioning, but 2G (Edge) will still work for the quad bands for data, and calling. It's just a fair bit slower!
GSM phones have something similar (IMEI). The big difference is that GSM carriers do not use it to activate the phone, but to prevent stolen phones from working on the network at all.
EDIT: Didn't notice Juggernaut that you already mentioned IMEI in your post. Makes my post somewhat redundant.
Unlocking something like your RAZR isn't really worth it, the cost is about $40 from one of the shops that can plug the phone in or transmit the proper codes over the air.
I've unlocked all of my phones for around $6 or so. Not sure where you got $40 from. That's way out of line.
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