Apple Starts Selling Unlocked iPhone 4s

Black and White iPhoneMacRumors and 9to5 Mac have both confirmed that Apple will start selling unlocked versions of the iPhone 4 starting on Wednesday, June 15th. Although these rumors surfaced over the weekend, most tech blogs were skeptical since Apple has always frowned upon unlocking (AKA "jail-breaking") their devices to be used with any carrier. The unlocked versions only apply to the GSM versions (the ones compatible with AT&T). Verizon versions of the iPhone (CDMA versions) will still be incompatible with other carriers. This move is poised to benefit T-Mobile, who uses GSM phones, as new users can now sign up with them without having to jail-break the iPhone. If the T-Mobile-AT&T merger goes through, however, it'll end up making little difference to the end-user.

Unlocked versions of the iPhone 4 (in both black and white color) will retail for $649 for the 16GB, and $749 for the 32GB version. 

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Alex is marketing consultant, regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and the host of a web series called Social Good Now, where he highlights social issues through short animated videos. Formerly, he was a Marketing Exec at Cisco, and Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine. His projects have been featured on TEDx Houston, CNN, TIME, ABC News, CBS, Univision, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post.