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Rumour: Unlocked iPhone Coming To US Stores This Week

Rumours are doing rounds that Apple plans to offer unlocked versions of its iPhone device from its retail store starting Wednesday.

According to an article on CNET (opens in new tab), the rumour was started by an anonymous Twitter user named ‘chronicwire’ who set up the account merely a week ago.

The rogue Twitter user, who claims to have an uncanny insight into Apple’s plans, informed that 16 GB and 32 GB versions of iPhone in white and back have already arrived on Apple’s retail outlets.

In the US, Apple has always gone for a carrier oriented approach, initially opting for AT&T and later Verizon for its iPhone partners. However, selling unlocked iPhones from its retail outlets is not new for Apple as it already offers unlocked devices in Canada and some European cities.

If Apple decides to sell unlocked version of its iPhone device in the US, it is most likely to run on GSM networks offered by AT&T and T-Mobile, CNET speculates.

Many blogs are claiming that “chronicwire” is indeed an authentic source with the knowledge of Apple’s plans but that can be questioned after the user retracted his/her prior claims that Apple was planning to launch a MacBook Air refresh on Wednesday.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.