This is unexpected but some of the Apple Retail stores across US have already started selling factory unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S which were otherwise scheduled to go on shelves sometime in November.
Once you buy a factory unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S and connect it to your computer and starting up iTunes, the following message will display on the screen: "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked." This is completely legit because 9to5Mac, a popular Apple-only blog has confirmed it.
Although Apple says that they will begin selling unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S units in the United States in November, we have learned otherwise. Select Apple Stores in the United States have begun selling contract-free versions of the iPhone 4S, which our friend Steven Troughton-Smith was able to both verify and purchase.
The confirmation also comes from Steven Troughton-Smith (the person who ported Siri to iPhone 4) who successfully used T-Mobile’s EDGE network using an O2 SIM card on his unlocked iPhone 4S.
If you are looking for a factory unlocked, contract free iPhone, you might get lucky to order one in one of the Apple Retail stores near you. However, it will take weeks for the iPhone to land up in your hand, thanks to the high demand of the device. All wireless carriers in the United States are sold out with pre-orders hitting 1 million mark and counting in the first 24 hours. We mentioned the pricing of the factory unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S in our previous post. Take a quick glance at it again:
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