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Apple unlocks iPhone 4 for US consumers

Last updated on: June 20, 2011 16:18 IST

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Yes, you read that correctly. Apple recently released a new unlocked iPhone 4, so that those who prefer not having to be trapped by a two-year contract with AT&T can have some freedom.

This move by Apple was a big surprise, as unlocking iPhones has been a part of the jailbreak community since iPhone's debut in 2007.

Courtesy: TechFreakStuff.com 

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Now as awesome as this sounds, it comes at a high price. For a 16 GB unlocked iPhone, you must pay $649 (Rs 29,205 at $1 = Rs 45); if you want a 32 GB unlocked iPhone, you must pay a whopping $749 (Rs 33,705 at $1 = Rs 45). However, if you have needed an unlocked iPhone all this time, the price may just be worth it.

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Keep it mind that these new unlocked iPhones are for GSM networks (AT&T, T-Mobile) because of the use of a SIM card (Verizon Wireless is a CDMA network).

The jailbreak community experienced a lull in the development of iPhone unlocking solutions, as the jailbreaking community is working on the recently released iPad 2.

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The iPhone Dev Team has shown no sign of any new unlock for recent firmware versions, so this release by Apple is definitely a huge relief for a large group of people.

The iPad 2 jailbreak is "actively being worked on" by the Chronic Dev Team, but iPad 2 users are growing impatient. Also, people have started getting confused whether to buy this unlocked iPhone or wait for 2 to 3 more months for the new iPhone 5.

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There is no news regarding the release of unlocked iPhones for the international community as Apple has shown no signs of offering the unlocked iPhone 4 all over the world.

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