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Sprint Locking iPhone 4S SIM Card Slots

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Starting today, Sprint is now locking the SIM card slots of each iPhone 4S they sell upon activation. This means that customers won’t be able to use SIM cards from other networks in the smartphone, a move that will mostly affect those who travel abroad.

Prior to today Spring wasn’t locking the SIM slot, and for now it looks like anyone who bought an iPhone before won’t have to worry about this limitation.

But woe betide those who are late to the iPhone party.

iPhone 4S

Apparently Sprint said it will allow “customers in good standing” to unlock for international travel. So new customers are out of luck, then? Way to welcome them to your service! Maybe it just means anyone who’s paid their bill.

If this is a major concern, Apple is now selling unlocked iPhone 4S units in the U.S. You won’t get that beautiful carrier subsidy that keeps the price at $199 or so and you can only use it on GSM networks, not CDMA.

It’s a shame that carriers always have to do something to ruin a good time or to make things more difficult for their customers.

K. T. is a lover of technology, gadgets, and all things geek. She has the enviable job of playing with evaluating mobile tech and apps all day. Follow K. T. on Twitter @KTBradford, on Google+ and Tumblr or email her via her website, KTBradford.com.

10 Comments

  1. Margaretpaoli

    11/13/2011 at 6:23 am

    Well, I have been with sprint over 10 years and eligible for upgrade again, so online my account showed I could upgrade to the new iPhone 4S 16GB for the low, low price of $649.99 while a new customer can get the same phone at……. $0.00, WTH?
    Years of Bad Service, Dropped Calls, High Cost….enough already, time to get with a company that appreciates their customers!!!!

    • Guest

      11/17/2011 at 11:24 pm

      Mine said that I was eligible for $649 too and I went to the store and it was only $199, I’d try that first.

    • guest 2

      11/27/2011 at 2:45 pm

      There is never $0.00 upgrade for iPhone 4s! Go to the store and find out more info!

      • Guest 3

        11/27/2011 at 2:51 pm

        If you know how much Sprint spent on iPhone phones, the price you are getting for upgrading ($199-399) is ridiculously cheap compare to the original price you are supposed to pay. Also you are being treated very nicely by Sprint for not being charged for the data you are using on iPhones due to its unlimited usage! Let’s hope the Unlimited Data usage doesn’t change at all… Verizon is charging additional $80 for Unlimited Data as well as AT&T.

    • Brian Pla

      12/14/2011 at 8:18 am

      I am not sure what your particular situation is but I have been with Sprint since they took Nextel and I upgraded to a 4S 16GB for $199.

    • Juanm6142

      12/26/2011 at 7:11 pm

      Stupid ass try actually going to the store

  2. world traveller

    02/27/2012 at 6:17 pm

    Go to Dubai and have fun instead of this argument..and may be you can get an unlocked iphone over there. ck it out at http://www.Emirates365.com

  3. Augusto Espinal57

    03/14/2012 at 3:35 pm

    i have sprint this company is bullshit they send me a bill of 300$ first month i try to unlock my iphone and i didnt know that was no simcard on my iphone i just got regret it to have an iphone with this company

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