Gold had another explanation as well.
"They understand they need to be more open, more flexible in the face of competition from Android," said Gold. "The competition is really heating up. Plus, they have nothing to lose by doing this."
The unlocked iPhone 4 can be purchased at Apple's online store, which currently shows a delay of one-to-three days between ordering and shipping for the black model, three-to-five days for the white iPhone.
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