Consumers are now facing a difficult choice for the unlocked iPhone 4, as they do not know if it is still worth it or not. Apple made this open phone available earlier this month and already there seems to be talk that this was a pointless move. Now that the iPhone 4 has finally been set free current Sprint and T-Mobile customers wonder if they will now have a chance to use the number one handset.
In theory you should be able to use your unlocked iPhone on other networks, but as always there are always issues. The thought of not wanting AT&T or Verizon is a nice one, but it is not as easy as we had hoped. We know that the unlocked version has been made for AT&T, which means that it is set on its GSM 3G radio frequencies.
This becomes a problem when you go to use the handset on T-Mobile, as it means that you cannot use their 3G, it will only be able to use EDGE, which we know is much slower. Having said that, if you are always in an area that has Wi-Fi hotspots then this will not be a worry to you. This is something that people will be trying to do all the more, especially as Verizon is about to implement its tiered data limits.
CNet has also pointed out another interesting issue, one that we did not even think about. If you were to use your iPhone 4 on T-Mobile, then you had better be prepared to chop up that SIM card, as it needs to be micro-SIM size. However, there are a number of tools on the Internet that makes this a simple process.
It’s as of the news keeps getting bad here, as the unlocked iPhone 4 will not be able to work on Sprint, as they use different technology to GSM. Having said that, latest rumors suggest that the iPhone is Sprint bound – although that is all they are for now.
So there you have it, if you want an unlocked iPhone 4 you will have to pay the full price, as it is not subsidized by the networks, and that it will work on T-Mobile (with limited features) but not Sprint. Now some of you may wonder what is the point? Well it is more for those who travel outside of the U.S.
Most carriers outside the US use GSM so will be a lot like T-Mobile. Not having 3G is not an issue, because most people turn data roaming off to keep costs down when abroad. The choice is yours, but we would say it’s not worth it.