Sprint's iPhone 4S to come unlocked for international use, Verizon can unlock it for you after 60 days

Sprint's iPhone 4S to come unlocked for international use, Verizon can unlock it for you after 60 days
UPDATE: Sprint debunked the rumor that it will offer the iPhone 4S unlocked, without even specifying a path to do so while traveling, while Verizon reconfirmed the handset will be subject to its regular "60 days in good standing" unlock policy, and you will have the right to free it up for international travel once every ten months.

It seems that both Sprint and Verizon will be applying their current "world phone" policies to the Apple iPhone 4S on their networks. Sprint's phones will come unlocked, so when traveling internationally, you can pop any GSM card in the microSIM tray of the iPhone 4S, and it will hook you up to the respective network. It's not clear yet if Sprint will unlock all GSM frequencies, so you can insert an AT&T or T-Mobile SIM, or just the 900/1800 MHz bands for international travel.

The downside is that you will be using a different number than your US one, so you have to plan accordingly. Of course, you can stay with Sprint's "roaming SIM" card in, but then the international roaming charges are no picnic.

A Verizon spokesperson has commented that the carrier will apply its regular "world phone" strategy to the iPhone 4S, so after 60 days of good standing with bills and such, you can ask Verizon for the handset to be unlocked for international travel.

So far Verizon's unlock applied to the 900/1800 MHz bands, not the 850/1900 that AT&T or T-Mobile use, and it is to be determined if the carrier will keep the same scheme.

via Macworld & SlashGear

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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5 inches
    960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 9.x



4. jabrecer

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

I asked verizon to unlock two phones, a blackberry storm2 and a htc trophy. they unlocked both 30 day after I got them. they never told me to wait after 60 days. BTW they work with a mexican sim card (telcel) and also with AT&T sim card with no problem at all. I hope I got the same experience with this iPhone!!!

3. 8TrackPlaya unregistered

I wonder if US 3G bands will be something that could be "unlocked" via jail-breaking? From what I have read, Apple will basically be releasing one iPhone in the US, but may disable the US 3G bands via software on the Sprint/Verizon versions.

2. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

This is a great feature and if I wasn't waiting for the nexus prime I would prob go with sprints iphone version.

1. bb_user unregistered

I'm sorry i can't upgrade to i4s... my BBM is down now.... faitfull BB user

5. d_scott

Posts: 4; Member since: May 31, 2016

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