Unlocked iPhones for all – Who can afford them


When the original iPhone hit the scene the world was pretty hype about its launch. After a few weeks of it being locked into At&t services it seemed that there was something to complain about. Nearly four years later the iPhone has worked its way onto an additional American network, Verizon. There are still two major networks some American’s would like the iPhone to be released on. A bit of a rumor has started today and it sounds as if they may get their chance, but at a hefty price. As some of you may know, here in America we get subsidized pricing when buying a new phone and signing a new contract with our carrier of choice. Apple may be giving us an open choice, of course without the nice price.

Is an iPhone worth $599 to you? Logically, the answer is yes to anyone using an iPhone, the difference however is the majority of that price tag goes to a good cellular and wireless data connection via the carrier of your choice. Most carriers pay the majority of that 599 price tag and make up the difference from your monthly payments of two years. Over the weekend famed iPhone jail-breaker Chronic Wire tweeted the following “Unlocked iPhones headed to Apple Stores for Wednesday: MC603 (16GB, Black) MC604 (16GB, White) MC605 (32GB, Black) MC606 (32GB, White).” What’s the point you ask? Well freedom of choice. Buying an unlocked iPhone means you can take the device to any carrier you want. So Sprint and T-Mobile customers looking for an official iPhone 4 running on your respective networks in theory could get just that. The catch? Well an unlocked – unsubsidized 16GB iPhone 4 would run you about six hundred bucks. A far cry from the two year contract induced $199. While wrapping your head around this you might think well, what about the cellular radios? Well the last time the Verizon iPhone 4 was ripped apart it was discovered that the device uses a Qualcomm MDM6600 processor that will “theoretically” work with both GSM and CDMA networks, this then covering all major carriers stateside.

The idea of this becoming true is seemingly irrelevant at this point as the iPhone has made its way to both Verizon and At&t and is set to launch under Sprint and T-Mo’s branding sometime this year. So if the rumors are true and you do choose to pick up an unsubsidized iPhone you may want to start booking some international trips to make the most out of your new toy. Let us know what you think of the unlocked iPhone 4 rumor. Looking forward to picking up an iPhone 4 at $600? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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