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Q: I’m living in Italy right now but I’m visiting family in the U.S. next week and will be around when the new iPhone 4S comes out. If I buy an iPhone 4S in the U.S. next week will it work when I get back to Italy?

- Sabina

A: An unlocked iPhone 4S will work on any iPhone-compatible GSM network worldwide regardless of what country the device was purchased in. Unfortunately, however, Apple will not be selling the iPhone 4S unlocked in the U.S. until November, so even if you were to purchase one next week you would end up with a locked iPhone that could not be used on any other carrier. 

Note that the iPhone 4S is being sold unlocked in most other countries where it is being launched, specifically Canada, Australia, the U.K., France, Germany. Should you be visiting one of these countries, you could purchase the unlocked iPhone 4S and would be able to use it in Italy.


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This whole ‘world phone, unlocked’ business is confusing. As I understand it, the forthcoming UNLOCKED 4S will not be usable on CDMA networks. Okay, that’s screwed up but simple to comprehend.
However, if I purchase the 4S through Verizon or Sprint I can still somehow use it with a European GSM carrier when I travel, but not with an American GSM carrier like AT&T? Is that correct?

Posted by Paul in Toronto on October 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM (CDT)


IPhone 4S I have repeatedly gone over the instructions for custom vibration. I successfully create a custom vibration but when I tested it does not play out to its full length. When I hit the buttons during create it does. When I tested out it vibrates for a second and then stops. It does not play out the full custom vibration. I have re-created various custom vibrations I have used different phones and profiles all resulting in the same.


Posted by paul williams in Toronto on October 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM (CDT)

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