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Apple Store now selling unlocked iPhone 4 in U.S.

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June

iphone-step1-prodselect-iphone-4-large.jpgApple now is selling unlocked versions of the iPhone 4 in both 16 and 32GB versions, white or black. Since using the iPhone without a designated carrier requires a SIM card, only the GSM version is available as a carrrier-independent and contract-free phone. The CDMA version remains available on the Verizon network.

Those who travel internationally or don't wish to be committed to an AT&T contract are the target audience for unlocked phones. And while unlocked phones have been available through various unoffical jailbreaking techniques, this provides an Apple-approved way of owning an iPhone that can be used on multiple carriers through the swapping of SIMS.

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Prices for the unlocked phones with no contract are steep, however, with the 16GB version coming in at $649 and the 32GB one at $749. Those prices also may attract international buyers, though, since prices for the iPhone are typically much higher in Europe and other regions.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:15am]

    

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