The three largest U.S. wireless carriers have just begun taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S, the latest smartphone from Apple. This model will begin shipping a week from today.
Apple’s new CEO announced the device on Tuesday, taking many by surprise. Rumors had indicated that an “iPhone 5” was on the docket. Instead, the iPhone 4S is going to be a moderately updated version of last year’s model, with a faster, dual-core processor and a better 8 MP camera.
The 16GB version of this smartphone is priced $200 with a two-year contract, the 32GB one costs $300, while the 64GB model will set you back $400. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon are all charging the same, as Apple doesn’t allow carriers to compete with each other on pricing.
In addition, these companies are also taking pre-orders for a less-expensive version of the iPhone 4 with 8GB of storage capacity. This sells for $100 with contract.
An Unlocked Version
Apple is going to begin selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 4S at some point next month. This device will work with any carrier that uses the GSM standard. This includes T-Mobile, although the device won’t support this carrier’s 3G or 4G services.
Because this version will be sold without a contract, it is going to be relatively expensive: the 16GB version will cost $650, while the 32Gb and 64Gb version will be $750 and $850, respectively.
A feature conspicuously absent from the iPhone 4S is support for any version of 4G. It can’t connect to Verizon’s or AT&T’s LTE networks, nor can it use Sprint’s WiMAX network.
It will launch running iOS 5, a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system. This will include a new voice-control system called Siri, as well as the iCloud online backup service.