Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Unlocked iPhone 4 now on sale in Apple Store, prices start at $649

Yesterday we reported that unlocked iPhone 4 are making their way to Apple Stores in the US. The date we heard was Wednesday but Apple has released them a day in advance and the iPhone 4 is now available on Apple’s online store for purchase, in all its unlocked glory.

The prices are slightly higher than what we expected. The 16GB model is available for $649 and the 32GB model is available for $749, in both black and white colors.

Now before you head out to buy one do remember that the iPhone 4 only works with micro-SIM cards. That problem was taken care of with locked handsets as the carrier would provide the micro-SIM card but now you would have to get your own. Make sure the operator you choose has a micro-SIM card to offer you or else you would have to rely on some online tutorials, such as this one, for cutting out your own micro-SIM out of a regular SIM.

Now if you are thinking that Apple is probably doing this to get rid of old stock before the next iPhone comes out, do remember this isn’t going to stop with the current iPhone and will continue with the next generation iPhone. Also, unlocked iPhones are in great demand worldwide and those markets which sell them are often out of stock, so they are definitely not doing it to get rid of old stock. One can only wonder then what took them so long to do this.

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