Sprint’s iPhone 4S Will Be Unlocked, And So Will Verizon’s After 60 Days [Update: Too Good To Be True]


iPhone 4S

If you’re buying your new CDMA iPhone 4S through Sprint, then you’ll be pleased to know that the device will come unlocked — allowing you to stick in any SIM and use the device on any network. If you’ve ordered a Verizon device, however, it will come locked to Verizon, but you can request to have it unlocked after 60 days.

The news comes from a Macworld report, which cites a Verizon spokesperson:

Sprint plans to sell the iPhone 4S with its micro-SIM slot unlocked; Verizon’s will be initially locked, but if you’ve been a customer in good standing for 60 days, you can call Verizon and ask for an “international unlock.” (A Verizon spokesperson told me that this is Verizon’s standard policy for all world phones—it’s just the first time it’s manifested itself on an iPhone.)

Of course, you’re not going to buy an iPhone 4S with a carrier commitment just to stick another SIM card in it when you get it, but for those of you who want to use your device outside of the U.S., having it unlocked is a must.

Apple’s website confirms that customers cannot buy unlocked CDMA devices without a carrier commitment. Unlocked GSM devices will be available from November in the U.S., but CDMA devices won’t be, bizarrely.

Update: This seemed way too good to be true, and so it is, with Sprint officially denying the report now.

  • MisterJonjon

    OMG! Thanks for this article! I’ll be calling my uncle at the US and have him sign-up on Verizon and I’ll take the iPhone. :D Of course I will pay him.

    Uhm, just to be sure. If someone signs-up on Verizon, the GSM *feature* of the iPhone will work with ANY carrier, right? Hoping for a reply. Thanks very much.

  • Chris

    gsm means it works anywhere…outside the US we have gsm phones only. does verizon have gsm networks at all? if not, the phone must work with any gsm carrier

  • cliqsquad

    With Verizon he will have to wait 60 days before requesting the unlock and it has to be approved. I am sure the 4S will be available in your country by the time it takes him to go through the process. 

    If he buys the Sprint version it will be unlocked day one, he would have to pay a termination of $325-$350 if he doesn’t want the Sprint service. If you do this, be prepared to pay $500+ depending on the model of iPhone 4S you choose. 

  • disuse

    Does having an unlocked SIM card on a Sprint phone mean you can actually run two lines on the device at the same time?

    Like… 1 for work and 1 for personal?

  • hyde

    ???? Verizon runs on CDMA, we are talking about iPhone 4S which is dual band….

  • Don Pope

    Can you get an AT&T iPhone 4S “officially” unlocked?

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Yes, they have LTE, but the important thing is that all iPhones has dual CDMA-GSM chipsets inside.

  • Isaiah Cruz

    Did Sprint only deny it? Or does the denial apply to Verizon as well?

  • CharliK

    Sprint is Sprint and Verizon is Verizon. So no, the denial is neither here nor there for Verizon

  • CharliK

    in November when Apple starts selling them.