Oct 14 2011
There’s been a lot of confusion going around about the Unlocking policy of the iPhone 4S carriers, for Verizon the doubts already have been cleared with their 60 days policy for unlock, that is they will unlock the Micro-SIM slot of iPhone 4S if the customer is in good standing for 60 days. There were some confusions about Sprint though, earlier Macworld reported about how both the carriers will tackle the Unlocking, but later on some other media reports said that Macworld’s reports were inaccurate.
But now Sprint has officially issued a new statement regarding the iPhone 4S unlocking policy. It says,that sprint will initially ship the Micro-SIM slots unlocked iPhone 4S but later on they will push an update to lock those slots. Then they will only allow the unlock by request for the customers with good standing for the phone to be used internationally with other carriers.
Here’s what the official statement of Sprint Spokesperson Mermelstein verbatim read:
Sprint’s policy is to have the iPhone 4S SIM locked to our network domestically and internationally. At launch, the International SIM will be unlocked. We do expect a SIM lock to be pushed to the devices shortly after launch. We will then allow existing customers in good standing to unlock the SIM for international use if needed in the future.
Customers can sign up for one of our international rate plans and use this phone all over the world. When traveling internationally, there is a setting that must be turned on within the device to connect to GSM. The phone will work with a SIM that is provided within the device out of the box. International voice and data charges are on a pay-as-you-go basis and vary based on the country where the customer is using their phone; a list of rates is available at www.sprint.com/international.
Sprint offers two international voice plans that customers can subscribe to for discounted voice rates:
The Canada Roaming add-on is $2.99 per month and all calls placed from Canada are only 20 cents per minute. Without this add-on, calls from Canada are 59 cents per minute.
The Sprint Worldwide Voice add-on is $4.99 per month and offers discounted rates in countries around the world. For example, calls from Italy are $1.69 per minute with this add-on or $1.99 per minute without the add-on; calls from Peru are $2.29 per minute with the add-on or $2.49 per minute without it.