Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ok sorry for that very cheesy line. In reality I'm absolutely over the moon to have found out today, the first day of pre-ordering for the iPhone 4, that the UK will be selling phones that are factory unlocked!! What this means is that you will not be getting a cheaper subsidized phone that you'll have to then break your head over unlocking or won't be able to upgrade the software till a hack comes out that "jailbreaks" the next version. The factory unlocked versions allow you to put any SIM in from anywhere in the world, and have the device work perfectly each time! Now doesn't that sound like a dream?
When Apple announced the 5 countries that would be launching the iPhone 4 on the 24th of June, I was concerned about France being the only one that sold the unlocked devices. I then heard a rumour that the devices would be locked there too, and only the next batch of countries (including Hong Kong) in July would have any unlocked pieces. So finding out UK has them available is very, very good news, especially since I'm going to be there at the start of next month.
For those in Dubai who want Factory Unlocked units, this is also really helpful as it's much easier to get products from the UK than it is from France.
Go online to the UK Apple store here and pre-order whichever device you want. Unfortunately, only the black iPhones are available for pre-order as of now. Moreover, you DO need a UK, US or a European credit card to make the transaction go through. I don't know any workaround this one, and if anyone knows of one, please email me so I can post it up. After that if you know someone in the UK who can have it sent to you, mail it to them, or open yourself an Aramex Shop & Ship UK account here and they will receive the item and post it to you ASAP.
You should then be a proud owner of the iPhone 4 before the end of the month, as your device (if ordered today) will be received on the 24th, and shouldn't take too long to get to you.
Hope you found this helpful. Happy shopping!!