There seems to be so much discussion going on about the unlocked iPhone 4, such as why it would not be worth buying the handset to Apple’s marketing strategy. However, not once have we considered Verizon and iOS 5 implications, as this is only something for the GSM model in the U.S.
One of the main reasons why the Big Red version was not offered up for this new unlock deal is because of guidelines that has been set out by Verizon Wireless, which means that an unlock is not allowed. There are so many reasons to have an unlocked iPhone, but only for those who travel outside of the U.S.
We now have to wonder if there will be any implications when it comes to jailbraking these phones (which are two are totally different things something that people often confuse). Now we cannot see any reason why an unlocked handset cannot be jailbroken, but there is always that doubt. However, the real trouble comes with iOS 5, which we will discuss a little later.
With rumors that the iPhone 5 being a “World Phone” we cannot be certain what kind of impact that will have on Verizon and AT&T, or even Sprint come to that matter, as they to are expected to have the new iPhone later this year. Now that the iPhone 5 could support GSM and CDMA we wonder if they will finally make them all unlocked — although there are always implications with carrier settings?
Having said that, Verizon’s need for an unlocked phone will become more important once the world phone is launched, as customers will finally be able to use their Big Red Phones in other countries. This is something that cannot happen at the moment, as they work on the CDMA infrastructure and not GSM like most other countries.
Next up comes iOS 5 for not only Verizon but also AT&T and all other carriers in the world. There is no guarantee that devs will be able to jailbreak iOS 5, as Apple is working harder to stop this kind of thing. Also, being an OTA update will make things a little tougher as well.
The whole business with iOS 5, Verizon, unlocked iPhones and jailbroken ones is a little overwhelming, and we can see things coming to a head in later this year, so watch this space.
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