Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4′s, No AWS Bands In Sight

Early this morning Apple announced the availability of the iPhone 4 Unlocked edition. It’s a big development from yesterday when this was all just rumor and many never expected Apple to actually consider releasing the iPhone 4 unlocked in the United States. Well it’s available but it’s not coming cheap with the 16GB version going for $649.00 and the 32GB edition going for $749.00. You have your choice between black or white and it’s completely unlocked. For those of us in T-Mobile land this doesn’t change the fact that the iPhone 4 will give us anything other than EDGE bands as the phone only comes with AT&T compatible 3G frequencies. Still, if you’re like me the data speeds are a trade off for using iPhone on the Magenta network. It’s not always the most acceptable tradeoff but it’s the price you pay for unlocked freedom.

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  • MC

    I have to wonder if all these people dissing the iPhone have actually used one before? I have used an iPhone on T-Mobile since 2007. It is a quality device that has an amazing app store.Why is it always a fight between Android and Apple products? Can’t people get a life and accept that there is room for both in this world. 

    • http://twitter.com/flaw ♥ Eleni

      I agree with you, it’s annoying that there are constant fights.  I am an Android person but owned a 2g, 3g, and 4 before switching to Android.  The iPhone is nice and all but it was lacking features that I’d always had on previous phones, like MP3 ringtones, drag & drop, etc.  That’s why I PERSONALLY could never switch back.

      People just need to realize that not everyone has the same taste as them.  I don’t like the iPhone anymore but I respect that others do.  It’s a fact of life that other people will be different than you.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      For me , it is not the Apple product, but the Apple Corp. that I dislike.

  • Djgabriel1

    I agree there’s room for both Android and Apple. If you can deal with a controlled device, Apple is for you………If you enjoy freedom to do whatever you like with your device, Android is where is at……….

  • Anonymous

    I hope this means that T-Mobile will get the iPhone 5 so it can be subsidized. I do image they will be selling it unlocked. There’s also the whole thing about the quad band or something so it should allow for T-Mobile 3G.   I own a G2, bought one on launch. It’s a really nice phone. There’s just something really great about the iPhone. I think it’s to cohesive, smoothness to everything. 

    If I was in the financial situation to buy it, I totally would. Right now I’m just going to hold out until September and see what Apple has in store. I really hope it get’s some T-Mobile loving.

  • Anonymous

    I hope this means that T-Mobile will get the iPhone 5 so it can be subsidized. I do image they will be selling it unlocked. There’s also the whole thing about the quad band or something so it should allow for T-Mobile 3G.   I own a G2, bought one on launch. It’s a really nice phone. There’s just something really great about the iPhone. I think it’s to cohesive, smoothness to everything. 

    If I was in the financial situation to buy it, I totally would. Right now I’m just going to hold out until September and see what Apple has in store. I really hope it get’s some T-Mobile loving.

  • tommytmo

    Does out really cost over $350 to add phone capability to an ipod touch. Or am I missing something?

  • Rclubine

    I am really surprised and as well pleased. T-Mobile Hungary (EU) had the iPhone available with contract, non-contract, pre-paid or unlocked. The unlocked version was expensive as well. It puzzled me upon returning to California that T-Mobile did not offer this phone. I mean since AT&T and Verizon are now offering them. T-Mobile Europe is a strong and reliable Brand in the EU as well as surrounding Countries. It would reason to logic that all carriers in the U.S. could take advantage of the profit shares and a more broaden options for all different providers customer base. I mean it would open up to a serious rethinking of the separate types of customers per carrier provider. In my experience while living the EU (Hungary) and having a chance to experience GSM, I prefer this type. Having the monies to afford a unlocked GSM mobile is always a plus. I could practically pay my bill, reload my phone at most ATM’s while traveling within the EU or online. Or simply just purchase a re-loadable/SIM card from any provider. More and more places in the EU you may purchase a dual SIM card unblocked GSM mobile, thus you can have two SIM cards but you can switch between the two on the fly. A lot cheaper for you as the paying customer.

    Now I am getting eager for the completion of; or and the Merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. There is huge amounts of monies for either carriers but whom will be the Victor. AT&T is coughing up a huge amount monies to get this deal approved. T-Mobile I feel could get a huge money injection if the deal fails. There is more behind this than meets the eye.

  • Rclubine

    I am really surprised and as well pleased. T-Mobile Hungary (EU) had the iPhone available with contract, non-contract, pre-paid or unlocked. The unlocked version was expensive as well. It puzzled me upon returning to California that T-Mobile did not offer this phone. I mean since AT&T and Verizon are now offering them. T-Mobile Europe is a strong and reliable Brand in the EU as well as surrounding Countries. It would reason to logic that all carriers in the U.S. could take advantage of the profit shares and a more broaden options for all different providers customer base. I mean it would open up to a serious rethinking of the separate types of customers per carrier provider. In my experience while living the EU (Hungary) and having a chance to experience GSM, I prefer this type. Having the monies to afford a unlocked GSM mobile is always a plus. I could practically pay my bill, reload my phone at most ATM’s while traveling within the EU or online. Or simply just purchase a re-loadable/SIM card from any provider. More and more places in the EU you may purchase a dual SIM card unblocked GSM mobile, thus you can have two SIM cards but you can switch between the two on the fly. A lot cheaper for you as the paying customer.

    Now I am getting eager for the completion of; or and the Merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. There is huge amounts of monies for either carriers but whom will be the Victor. AT&T is coughing up a huge amount monies to get this deal approved. T-Mobile I feel could get a huge money injection if the deal fails. There is more behind this than meets the eye.

  • http://twitter.com/flaw ♥ Eleni

    I used both the iPhone 2g and 3g on T-Mobile.  It wasn’t too bad, but then again I’d never used a 3g-capable phone before that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-LeCompte/47912789 Lucas LeCompte

    in all fairness, i think apple will have let the iphone to go sprint and tmobile.  Word on the street is that the next iphone will be a global phone, so im thinking it will have the AWS bans in it.  Im to the point it doesnt matter what OS is running on Tmobile, as long as we stay afloat and stay away from ATT. 

  • Anonymous

    Tempting, but no way. It’s too late.

    September will be iPhone 5 launch. Add couple months to that… You have Google’s NEXUS 3, which will be fully t-mobile compatible. And just awesome all together.

    I already have an iPad. I want an iPhone too, but I’ll wait the 2-3months til september for iPhone 5. If a hassle, then NEXUS 3 .

  • Anonymous

    Tempting, but no way. It’s too late.

    September will be iPhone 5 launch. Add couple months to that… You have Google’s NEXUS 3, which will be fully t-mobile compatible. And just awesome all together.

    I already have an iPad. I want an iPhone too, but I’ll wait the 2-3months til september for iPhone 5. If a hassle, then NEXUS 3 .

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I suspect the majority of these unlocked phones will be resold overseas, with a smaller portion being sold to customers who will actually deploy them in the US.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I suspect the majority of these unlocked phones will be resold overseas, with a smaller portion being sold to customers who will actually deploy them in the US.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I suspect the majority of these unlocked phones will be resold overseas, with a smaller portion being sold to customers who will actually deploy them in the US.

  • Ryan

    You android people suck! Why does there have to be a competition between these two brands! Nobody cares, in all reality it comes down to opinions. Geez! android is great but the android market is just useless. Apple is also great but the app store just dominates the android market. Also please android people stop being such haters I’m pretty sure you guys read the title, didn’t even read the article, and just came down to write a hate comment, so please just stop!

    • G18industries

      I agree,  both devices are great,  one is not better than the other.  Its all personal preference.  I prefer android, because I don’t like feeling like apple has control,  others don’t mind because they don’t use everything that I do,  They just like the simple easy to use Iphone.  To each his own.

  • http://tmonews.com David

    The iPhone 4 doesn’t work on T-Mobile 3G, period at all, not ever. It’s HARDWARE, not software and it won’t work. End of discussion.

    • Meagan

      It does in UK and Germany…

    • Meagan

      It does in UK and Germany…

      • http://spritemoney.myopenid.com/ Andrew A

        That’s because T-Mobile UK and Germany use frequencies that the iPhone supports. They do not use AWS like how T-Mobile USA does. Honestly T-Mobile USA is ran by a bunch of clowns compared to T-Mobile UK and Germany, but I still love T-Mobile but that’s my honest opinion.

    • Meagan

      It does in UK and Germany…

  • macman37

    Although there is a compromise of data being available only on EDGE for T-Mobile USA customers,this is really a great sign that iPhone 5/4S will more than likely fully compatible with T-Mobile USA. The Boy Genius Report a few months back showing the iPhone being tested on T-Mobile USA’s network supports this; as well as rumor news that it may also be available to Sprint, since there was a recent report of Apple testing the iPhone on Sprint’s network as well.  Anyone who is having a tough decision between choosing an iPhone or an Android phone should always keep in mind that iOS is UNIX, and Android is based on a Linux kernel. UNIX has never had a hard tine dual-booting Linux; therefore, people who like both platforms and are having a hard time choosing between the 2 should buy an iPhone and dual-boot Android on it for the Android exclusive apps.  The warranty will be voided since this is not officially allowed; and the only concern people will have is if they are happy with the speed after dual-booting the device.  This is basically what RIM is doing with their Blackberry Playbook; and soon more than likely with their smartphones once QNX is used across all of their devices.  Hopefully, with the iPhone available now on T-Mobile, this will generate good profit results and a good reason to prevent the AT&T merger.

    • Anonymous

      Though a T-mo version of the iPhone would most likely be a big seller for the company, nothing is going to “prevent” a merger with AT&T unless it is the government. DT has lost too much money for too long to suddenly change its mind because of strong sales of iPhones.

      If the Feds find a way to nix the sale, then DT gets some lovely consolation prizes (billions of $ plus bandwidth from AT&T), and maybe THEN DT might decide to take another swing at the US market. But one of the biggest problems T-mo has in the US is its designated 3G band, which doesn’t penetrate buildings as effectively as those used by other carriers, creating a perception of poorer service overall. My personal experience with T-mo coverage has been generally very positive, both in urban and suburban areas on both coasts (I don’t spend any time in corn country, and I expect their coverage to be less than stellar there), but that isn’t necessarily the experience of others.

      If I was a betting man, my bet would be that the Feds will squeeze additional concessions out of AT&T, force them to divest themselves of some assets, and approve the transaction sometime in 2012. Hoping for a call from the Governor to the Warden at this point is a loser’s game.

    • Anonymous

      Though a T-mo version of the iPhone would most likely be a big seller for the company, nothing is going to “prevent” a merger with AT&T unless it is the government. DT has lost too much money for too long to suddenly change its mind because of strong sales of iPhones.

      If the Feds find a way to nix the sale, then DT gets some lovely consolation prizes (billions of $ plus bandwidth from AT&T), and maybe THEN DT might decide to take another swing at the US market. But one of the biggest problems T-mo has in the US is its designated 3G band, which doesn’t penetrate buildings as effectively as those used by other carriers, creating a perception of poorer service overall. My personal experience with T-mo coverage has been generally very positive, both in urban and suburban areas on both coasts (I don’t spend any time in corn country, and I expect their coverage to be less than stellar there), but that isn’t necessarily the experience of others.

      If I was a betting man, my bet would be that the Feds will squeeze additional concessions out of AT&T, force them to divest themselves of some assets, and approve the transaction sometime in 2012. Hoping for a call from the Governor to the Warden at this point is a loser’s game.

    • Anonymous

      Though a T-mo version of the iPhone would most likely be a big seller for the company, nothing is going to “prevent” a merger with AT&T unless it is the government. DT has lost too much money for too long to suddenly change its mind because of strong sales of iPhones.

      If the Feds find a way to nix the sale, then DT gets some lovely consolation prizes (billions of $ plus bandwidth from AT&T), and maybe THEN DT might decide to take another swing at the US market. But one of the biggest problems T-mo has in the US is its designated 3G band, which doesn’t penetrate buildings as effectively as those used by other carriers, creating a perception of poorer service overall. My personal experience with T-mo coverage has been generally very positive, both in urban and suburban areas on both coasts (I don’t spend any time in corn country, and I expect their coverage to be less than stellar there), but that isn’t necessarily the experience of others.

      If I was a betting man, my bet would be that the Feds will squeeze additional concessions out of AT&T, force them to divest themselves of some assets, and approve the transaction sometime in 2012. Hoping for a call from the Governor to the Warden at this point is a loser’s game.

  • Aerofanbig

    So, except when you have access to a wifi network, you are paying +/- 700$ for a FEATURE phone? I mean, really??

  • Aerofanbig

    So, except when you have access to a wifi network, you are paying +/- 700$ for a FEATURE phone? I mean, really??

  • ao5050

    I think a fair price from apple for the unlocked iphones should have been 399.00 for the 16gb and 499.00 for the 32gb this way it would be competitive and move the market further.

  • ao5050

    I think a fair price from apple for the unlocked iphones should have been 399.00 for the 16gb and 499.00 for the 32gb this way it would be competitive and move the market further.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9607492 David Haas

      Considering the carrier-locked, unsubsidized versions are still selling for the same prices and the unlocked version, it won’t happen.  As far as pricing, once you add in warranty support, R&D, royalties to patent holders (now add Nokia to that mix), and such the price is understandably high for a no-contract phone.  
      Nokia’s unlocked, no-contract phones sell for at least $500 bucks retail.  The Nexus S costs ~$500 off contract unlocked, so it’s all a matter of vendor appeal and the iPhone being a ‘premium’ product according to some.
      Also, having a price as low as you believe would kill the carrier subsidies/ETF (hey, I can buy a phone without tying up myself for two years for only $200 bucks more?) and then VZW (especially being the new one in town with the iPhone) and at&t would be complaining and threatening to stop selling the iPhone.  That’s not a good thing as Apple really rakes in sales through carrier subsidies.  Remember how poorly the 2G sold vs. every model since?  I believe at&t is still offering an ‘early upgrade’ option for current customers for the prices you quoted… still with a 2-year contract.  So your ‘fair price’ is definitely not happening.This is only being sold to appease those wanting a warranty-supported unlocked option (who are internationally bound, can’t get service on AT&T or Verizon due to location, etc).  Apple’s playing a smart game doing this now, especially with the pending carrier murd…merger.Just wait, when the [rumored pentaband WCDMA] next gen comes out, then this model’s retail price will come down.  But then the new model will be priced this high so it won’t really matter anyway.I will wait for the rumored AWS-compatible phone w/ an unlocked option (I have a 3GS on T-Mobile and ST so I’m fine for now.  LOL).  Then merger or not I will have myself a ’4G’ phone and a cheap grandfathered ’4G’ plan.  That sounds like a great idea to me and I’m sure many others.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9607492 David Haas

      Considering the carrier-locked, unsubsidized versions are still selling for the same prices and the unlocked version, it won’t happen.  As far as pricing, once you add in warranty support, R&D, royalties to patent holders (now add Nokia to that mix), and such the price is understandably high for a no-contract phone.  
      Nokia’s unlocked, no-contract phones sell for at least $500 bucks retail.  The Nexus S costs ~$500 off contract unlocked, so it’s all a matter of vendor appeal and the iPhone being a ‘premium’ product according to some.
      Also, having a price as low as you believe would kill the carrier subsidies/ETF (hey, I can buy a phone without tying up myself for two years for only $200 bucks more?) and then VZW (especially being the new one in town with the iPhone) and at&t would be complaining and threatening to stop selling the iPhone.  That’s not a good thing as Apple really rakes in sales through carrier subsidies.  Remember how poorly the 2G sold vs. every model since?  I believe at&t is still offering an ‘early upgrade’ option for current customers for the prices you quoted… still with a 2-year contract.  So your ‘fair price’ is definitely not happening.This is only being sold to appease those wanting a warranty-supported unlocked option (who are internationally bound, can’t get service on AT&T or Verizon due to location, etc).  Apple’s playing a smart game doing this now, especially with the pending carrier murd…merger.Just wait, when the [rumored pentaband WCDMA] next gen comes out, then this model’s retail price will come down.  But then the new model will be priced this high so it won’t really matter anyway.I will wait for the rumored AWS-compatible phone w/ an unlocked option (I have a 3GS on T-Mobile and ST so I’m fine for now.  LOL).  Then merger or not I will have myself a ’4G’ phone and a cheap grandfathered ’4G’ plan.  That sounds like a great idea to me and I’m sure many others.

  • http://pernecky.blogspot.com Mike

    Using the iPhone on Edge is like using a Porsche only in the suburbs.  You’re crazy David, Managing Editor.

    • Meagan

      If you’re in locations with WiFi (work and home), then Edge is not a big deal, because you usually jump on a WiFi network for speed.  But then again, you probably have a puter at work and home, so again speed isn’t a real issue for you.

      Most of the time, when you are in a Car, you don’t worry about fast data speeds, because you’re driving.

      You can’t argue that the Music app is way better on iOS.  I like the Rhapsody iOS app myself for unlimited music.  Way easier than klunky buggy Android version of the app.

    • Meagan

      If you’re in locations with WiFi (work and home), then Edge is not a big deal, because you usually jump on a WiFi network for speed.  But then again, you probably have a puter at work and home, so again speed isn’t a real issue for you.

      Most of the time, when you are in a Car, you don’t worry about fast data speeds, because you’re driving.

      You can’t argue that the Music app is way better on iOS.  I like the Rhapsody iOS app myself for unlimited music.  Way easier than klunky buggy Android version of the app.

      • Patmvaldez

        Sometimes EDGE is all you get anyways. I’m a regional haul truck driver in the Southwest US and many times I’m lucky to get EDGE at all. I noticed that a lot of T-mobile’s network in Texas is just GPRS, sometimes no data at all. I also roam a lot too on EDGE only (Plateau Wireless is the best T-mobile roaming partner IMO) so if my MT4G was on E all the time I wouldn’t lose sleep over it LOL!

  • http://pernecky.blogspot.com Mike

    Using the iPhone on Edge is like using a Porsche only in the suburbs.  You’re crazy David, Managing Editor.

  • http://pernecky.blogspot.com Mike

    Using the iPhone on Edge is like using a Porsche only in the suburbs.  You’re crazy David, Managing Editor.

  • http://twitter.com/KingKongthong Kenne

    High pricing + EDGE + iPhone 5 in Sept = Not worth the buy. 

    Even if I had the extra money and didn’t care about the iPhone 5, EDGE is the break for me. I rather just buy an iPod Touch and use the WiFi from my G2 to save a few bucks or keep my unlocked first gen iPhone. But, thanks Apple anyways. 

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile should get smart now and offer an EDGE data plan to attract low-bandwidth iPhone users to its network. 

    Also, it won’t be long before AT&T agrees to unlock customers’ iPhones after they have completed their 2-year contracts. These customers can then dump AT&T and switch to T-Mobile if they only need EDGE speeds.

  • Qball82

    I am sure ATT is worried about people out of contract leaving Tmobile and going to Verizon for the iphone because of the merger. It would be a good move for Att and Apple to allow Tmobile users to do a contract for the iphone 5 if it means they can continue to use it on Att once the acquisition goes through.

  • Qball82

    I am sure ATT is worried about people out of contract leaving Tmobile and going to Verizon for the iphone because of the merger. It would be a good move for Att and Apple to allow Tmobile users to do a contract for the iphone 5 if it means they can continue to use it on Att once the acquisition goes through.

  • None

    If I get Dad an iPhone for Fathers Day, where can i get the mini cards (without cutting one).  I read on this site a long time ago that tmo was selling them but I called and they said they carry no such thing.

    • Paulnisimov

      its called a micro sim they have it on ebay i believe

    • Paulnisimov

      its called a micro sim they have it on ebay i believe

  • None

    @David Aren’t the SIMS different than TMO Sims..  I don’t want to cut it.  Does TMO or Apple sell replacement mini-SIMS for the phone?