A version of the iPhone 4 that isn’t SIM-locked to a wireless carrier is now available in the U.S. Users will be able to plug in the SIM card from any carrier, even T-Mobile, and start making calls. But there’s a catch…
This new version of Apple’s latest smartphone isn’t SIM locked to AT&T, but it still offers only the wireless frequencies used by AT&T. This means that T-Mobile customers will be able to make calls and get a 2.5G (EDGE) data connection, but not a 3G (HSPA) connection. AT&T customers might consider getting this version because it will be easier to use when traveling outside of the U.S. than the regular one.
An Overview of the Apple iPhone 4
Whether it’s sold through a carrier or not, this smartphone has a tablet shape with a 3.5-inch, 960 x 640 touchscreen. Its rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel resolution and an LCD flash. The front-facing camera allows for video conferencing. In addition to 3G, it offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
The iPhone 4 runs iOS 4.3, which comes with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging email, and playing music and video. In addition, users can access the hundreds of thousands of apps available for this mobile operating system.
Anyone considering buying a new iPhone 4 now should consider that the next model is expected to be released in a few months. Apple hasn’t revealed when this will be, but unconfirmed reports say it’s going to be in September.
The replacement for the current version will supposedly be the iPhone 4S, which will be a moderate update with a faster processor and possibly a better camera. Improvements like 4G LTE are reportedly going to wait until next year’s model.
At least one analyst has predicted that the iPhone 4S will be offered by all the top U.S. carriers. If this report is correct, customers of Sprint and T-Mobile will be able to buy it, in addition to AT&T and Verizon subscribers.