Verizon is offering its customers the iPhone 4S as an unlocked device, but with one small condition. Customers with an account in good standing for at least 60 days can contact a Verizon rep and request for their phone to get unlocked for international roaming, reports Macworld.
Technically, unlocking an iPhone will allow it to work on any wireless carrier’s GSM network, such as those provided by many international carriers. This is a nice benefit for frequent international travelers because it allows them to swap out their SIM card so that they’re only paying local rates for voice and data service.
Contrary to Macworld’s report, Sprint customers who pre-ordered an iPhone 4S won’t receive the device unlocked. However, Sprint is offering its customers the ability to use international GSM networks with the appropriate service plan, reports Ars Technica.
It’s worth noting that the iPhone 4S uses a microSIM card instead of a regular SIM, which means finding one might be a bit more difficult.