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Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:19

Jobs’ mob flogs unlocked iPhone 4 in US

Written by Fudzilla staff


But it makes hardly any sense
Apple has finally given in and started offering unlocked iPhone 4 handsets in the Land of the Free, but there is a twist, actually a few twists.

First of all the prices are just as obscene as you would expect from Apple, $649 for a 16GB unit and $749 for the 32GB model. Obviously, the phones can be used on any network in the US, but they are GSM only, which basically means they can be used on AT&T or T-Mobile. However, T-Mobile’s data network doesn’t really support the iPhone 4, so users will be stuck using Edge connectivity, at lower speeds and higher costs. Basically it makes more sense to just go for a two-year deal with AT&T and get it over with.

Although the phones are unlocked, they are still stuck with Apple’s strict content restrictions and Apple approved apps, which are about as puritan as something okayed by Ayatollah Khamenei. On the bright side of things, the ability to change carriers while abroad does come in handy for frequent travellers, although anyone with willing to spend $750 on a phone could also get a dirt cheap prepaid phone bundle at any half decent airport.
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+7 #1 chyll2 2011-06-15 10:41
nah. people would still buy them regardless of what you and other say.
 
 
+3 #2 Exodite 2011-06-15 11:00
It might not make sense in the US market, as you're basically paying for the phone on the overpriced plans anyway, but presumably it's for using overseas.

Given that the dollar is at a tremendous low and the lack of any notable VAT in the US I suppose it's a good deal for people visiting the country as well.

Anyway, the pricing isn't surprising as the 16GB iPhone4 is still more expensive than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation or other superphones in many other markets as well.
 
 
+4 #3 robert3892 2011-06-15 11:13
I can only assume that someone who's stuck with an old phone and a long contract can now just buy the iPhone 4 and stick their sim in it or if their old phone uses a normal sim they can cut the sim to micro sim size. I've got a micro sim cutter myself.
 
 
+5 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-06-15 21:30
Quoting chyll2:
nah. people would still buy them regardless of what you and other say.




Proof of human idiocy.
 
 
+4 #5 bardenck 2011-06-15 22:05
or you could a buy an android that offers as much or more than the iphone on any carrier.......
 

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