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Unlocked iPhone 4S coming in November

Along with contract versions of the iPhone 4S, Apple this morning slips in the fact that it will begin offering an unlocked version of the device next month.


Amid this morning's iPhone 4S preorder meltdown on Apple's online store, the company quietly announced that an unlocked version of the device is coming next month.

Beneath the options to get the iPhone 4S on either AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, the company teased that users can also wait until November to get an unlocked and contract-free version of the device.

"The unlocked iPhone works only on supported GSM networks, such as AT&T in the U.S.," Apple says in its description. "When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone 4 will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint."

Apple began offering a similar unlocked version of the iPhone 4 in June, though made no mention of such an offering during Tuesday's unveiling.

In other countries, Apple has started taking preorders for unlocked iPhone 4S phones now. In the U.K., the phones cost 499 pounds for 16GB models, 599 pounds for 32GB, and 699 pounds for 64GB. In France and Germany, those three models cost 629 euros, 739 euros, and 849 euros, respectively.

Updated 1:39 a.m. PT with international pricing information..

CNET News writer Stephen Shankland contributed to this story.