While the first million of the new Apple iPhones 4S have been sold so far that even had Steve Wozniak waiting in line for (video), many enthusiasts outside of the USA are anxious to get the iPhone 4S unveiled as 'world phone', but it seems to only be available to Americans at the moment.
High time for some clarity on the subject! These are the facts currently known to us:
What does 'world phone' mean?
It means that the iPhone 4S is compatible with both GMS and CDMA networks. However, customers who want to benefit from this feature will need to buy the phone locked to a two year contract and request the phone to be unlocked. To buy the locked version you need a US social security number and a credit check is performed before the phone is sold to you. In short, the locked version is not available to the non-US costumer.
Will there be an unlocked iPhone 4S?
Yes, in November the iPhone 4S will be released that is not locked to any carrier at these prices:
When clicking on this link: Learn more about the unlocked iPhone, it says 'a credit check may be required'. The iPhone 3GS is sold without any credit check that we know off so we will need to wait until November to find out what this note means.
Hopefully, we were able to clear up any confusion regarding the unlocked iPhone 4s. If you have any questions or have more information, do let us know!