We reported a recent rumor that Apple was going to start selling factory unlocked versions of the iPhone 4 in its U.S. retail stores this Wednesday, and that rumor has already come true.

Already, both the 16GB and 32GB GSM versions of the iPhone 4 are available as unlocked devices on Apple’s online store. Sources still confirm that the devices will hit retail locations across the country tomorrow.

These factory unlocked iPhones will allow for SIM-swapping on international carriers, as well as operation on T-Mobile’s EDGE network in the U.S. There isn’t much of an incentive for purchasing an unlocked iPhone for use in the United States only, as you would still be limited to AT&T’s network for 3G speeds.

“Get all the features of iPhone 4 — FaceTime video calling, Retina display, HD video recording, and more — in a phone that you can activate and use on the supported GSM wireless carrier of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States.1

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone 4 is the best choice. It arrives without a micro-SIM card, so you’ll need an active micro-SIM card from any supported GSM carrier worldwide.”

These unlocked devices aren’t cheap either. The 16GB iPhone 4 sells for $649, and the 32GB model sells for $749. You will, however, receive the benefit of owning an iPhone without a binding carrier contract if you do pony up the cash for one of these unlocked devices.

There’s been no word on if Apple will unlock previously purchased, carrier-locked iPhones, but that seems unlikely. If that service is offered, expect a heavy fee to cover the carrier contract termination.

You can order an unlocked iPhone 4 on Apple’s online store. In our recent poll, most of you have already said that buying one of these devices is worth the price.

Apple is set to announce a new iPhone this September, so to would be wise to wait a few months before dropping all that cash on an unlocked iPhone 4.

  • Ryan S

    First bitches

  • The devices arent cheap??
    Compared to other countries they are very cheap and the fact that they can be bought from the stores unlocked is a huge advantage for tourists in us

  • Damn that just killed the value of my iPhone 4. They really need to come out w unlocks for the iPhone 4 basebands. It’s been over a year.

  • John

    Just buy a hole bunch and sell them in china!

  • Eddie

    Just called apple tech support to see if they will unlock my iPhone 4 because I am not in contract with AT&T. The person that answered did not even know that Apple is now selling unlocked iPhones on the USA website. He told me that you can unlock the iPhone only using third party software that we do not offer/support. I asked what software? He sad some sotres you can goto offer it. Then I asked since the iPhone is now sold unlocked in the USA can you unlock it he said it is not offered unlocked, I asked can you check Apples website and he was surprised to find they are selling the phone unlocked. I asked can you check if the phone can be offically unlocked because it is sold unlocked? He said he will check and said no the phone is locked to carrier. I think he did not know what he is talking about.

  • c0esx

    My contract with ATT finished last year. If I call ATT and ask them to unlock my iPhone 4 wil they do it.

  • KLX

    They should allow those who bought the i4 in the Apple retail store without the AT&T contract to unlock it, thats almos the price I paid for mine and still stuck using it as a very expensive iPod Touch >.> and no word about an unlock from devteam either

  • KLX

    They should allow those who bought the i4 in the Apple retail store without the AT&T contract to unlock it, thats almos the price I paid for mine and still stuck using it as a very expensive iPod Touch =(
    And no word about an unlock from devteam either

  • Manuel

    Its very much safe to say that Muscle nerd is no longer needed in the unlocking iPhone department. I’m thinking I should just cut off my iPhones with Verizon, sell them for 500 each and go back to T-Mobile. I never used my 3G like that any ways.

  • f3n1x187

    I hope you guys get better luck with ATT, The iphone 4 in mexico is on the three major carrirers and its sold unlocked from the apple store. However NONE of the carriers unlock the phone if you buy it on full (prepaid) and when you describe the process in baby steps the reps just say:

    “Doing such modification to the phone will make the device to lose functionalities”
    Or something like that

  • Ashfaq

    Better get a gevey sim n unlock ur phone…. Its under $10… Search it on ebay…. I hav been using it for over 3 months…… No problem detected……

    • gunther

      That’s what I was going to say! No matter the DEV team doesn’t give us unlock for iphone 4, just buy a gever sim dudes.

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  • sum tin wong

    MusckeNerd and Sherif Hashim is now out of work….they hold the unlock i4 just like comex hold ipad2 JB….apple always win

  • q1

    how mush is the other locked iphone ?

  • getasew birhanu

    please tell me how can i use my iphone 4gs which comes from cannada bell arrier to
    ethiopian network service