In a rather surprising move, Apple’s begun selling an unlocked GSM iPhone 4 in its U.S. online store — independent of carrier contracts. Available in both black and white, the unsubsidized iPhones are priced at $649 for 16GB and $749 for 32GB ($450 pricier than the AT&T and Verizon versions). Free shipping is included, estimated delivery is 1-3 business days for black and 3-5 business days for white models.
The main attraction of an official unlocked iPhone: You don’t have to commit to an expensive two-year plan. That’s especially appealing to those who can barely use the bundled minutes, texts and data. With today’s extensive Wi-Fi coverage, a pay-as-you-go plan could save more than $1,000 in the two-year period.
Frequent travelers should also appreciate the fact that they can simply purchase a local SIM card and save good money on roaming fees. Carriers aren’t gonna like it, but Apple couldn’t care less, as shown when it introduced iMessage without their prior knowledge.