So, if you’re reading this, chances are you’re thinking about an unlocked iPhone. Is there a benefit to getting one? That depends on your needs. We posted Apple’s FAQs earlier today, which you can check out here.
The new handset seems like an unusual move for Apple, given that they tend to be controlling with their products. Oh well, it’s here. Let’s take a look: Is the Unlocked iPhone for you?
1) I frequently travel internationally
Don’t wanna pay those roaming fees? This is a GSM phone, which means it’s compatible with most carriers around the world. It’s a great choice for world travelers.
2) I don’t like contracts
So you don’t want to be tied to a carrier. 2-year contracts can be pretty crappy. You have to stick to a a contract for the whole time paying a monthly fee. If you decide you don’t want it anymore, you have to pay a fee to cancel the contract. It’s expensive, and it’s designed in the carriers favor. Well, not anymore.
3) You’re on T-Mobile
T-Mobile works on a GSM network. This means that if you’ve been waiting for that iPhone on T-Mobile, this is about as close to official as you’re going to get at this point. Whether there will be an iPhone on T-mobile at this point is hard to say. The real bummer, however, is that you can’t use the 3G antenna. Nice slow connection for you. This isn’t a big deal if you are at home near a wifi network, but will totally suck if you are trying to download or browse on the road. However, it works well enough for making calls and may be able to handle streaming audio well depending on your area.
Are you picking up the unlocked iPhone?
For many of us, there is no need for an unlocked iPhone. If you are any of the above, the case may be different for you. I can’t speak for everyone at iSmashPhone, but it’s not something I need. How about you, the reader, is an unlocked iPhone right for you?