updated 01:00 pm EDT, Wed October 12, 2011
'World' use limited to network roaming
Sprint representatives are now reportedly denying that its version of the iPhone 4S will have an unlocked micro-SIM slot. "That is correct," comments Sprint spokeswoman Michelle Mermelstein. "I believe Verizon's device works the same way." The carrier's customer service workers are reportedly elaborating on the situation for people who ask.
"iPhone 4S has World Mode Capabilities with the pre-inserted SIM card," one statement reads. "However, you will not be able to use non-Sprint SIM card with it, due to technology differences. If you purchase iPhone 4S you will be able to use it internationally with Sprint Services.
"Note: International capabilities will be locked and you will have to call Sprint to activate," the response concludes. Effectively this limits the 4S to international roaming under special Sprint plans. Since Sprint is normally a CDMA-only carrier, however, it should at least let more people travel with their iPhone.