Apple started taking pre-orders for the new iPhone 4S earlier today in both the US and the UK, the US version is only available at the moment with a contract with either Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.
Whilst the UK version is available to purchase SIM free direct from Apple, and now it would appear that Apple will start selling a SIM free version of the iPhone 4S in the US from November, although it would appear that it will only be available on GSM networks, which would mean AT&T.
The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a contract commitment. You can activate and use it on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.* The unlocked iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you’ll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the micro-SIM card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.
You can find out more information over at Apple.
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Apple has now announced the iPhone 5, have a look at our article on the difference between the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 to see all about the new iPhone 5.
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