1) For all the times I've seen internet petition and soapbox grandstanding over Apple not supporting stupid crap like matte displays this is an issue that needs to be dealt with in the US. Hopefully this new quasi-world mode iPhone 4S will make lawmakers see just how fractured and silly the carrier locking is in the US. I take no issue with locking a phone whilst on contract but I should be able to get the vendor and/or carrier to unlock my device once my contract is fulfilled.
2) So the Verizon and Sprint iPhones will have all four GSM '2G' bands unlocked and all but the UMTS '3G' bands used in the US unlocked, by default?
3) I really hope the SW-based, SIM card-less iPhone comes next year. Nothing would be as efficient than having virtual SIMs in your device at all times. If you jump from country to county you don't need to fiddle with little plastic chips and paperclip, but simply input your passcode and switch the country and carrier in Settings. Even better would have it prompt you for a switch of virtual SIM switch if it detects you're in a new country and you have a vSIM on the ready.
Originally Posted by anantksundaram
Makes sense, since most (not all) of the world is on GSM and that's what international travelers usually want. Might as well save a few bucks on CDMA components....
Originally Posted by AppleGreen
This is disappointing. I was hoping for an unlocked world phone. This means Apple will be manufacturing 2 versions of the 4s - world phone and GSM only. Does not make sense. Anybody have an explanation?
I'm thinking Apple is putting all the components in each model now so there will be a single HW version, not two. It's just the baseband that is locking out certain cellular features for different carrier destinations.
Originally Posted by bigdaddyp
Why the hell do you need a credit check for a pre paid contract free phone?
It seems shitty at first glance but it might be to keep people from buying up the lot of these pre-paid devices which I'm all for.
Originally Posted by hittrj01
Yeah, I noticed this is well. But all the other battery stats seem to be better or at least the same. Seems like the combination of the new processor, world-mode chip, and intelligent switching antennae are just as efficient in use, but don't power down to the lower levels that the iPhone 4's chips can.
You get 1 hour more of '3G' talk time and 1 hour fewer of data over WiFi.
Based on the (assumed) Qualcomm chipset MDM6600 I would have thought those would be reversed. Glad to see that isn't the case.