Apple Now Officially Selling iPhone 5 Unlocked In The U.S.

Apple Now Officially Selling iPhone 5 Unlocked In The U.S.

The iPhone 5 is now available for purchase unlocked at an unsubsidized price on Apple’s U.S. online store. Customers should also be able to pick up an unlocked iPhone 5 in U.S. Apple Retail stores as well. Pricing starts at $649 for the 16GB model.

It typically takes Apple a couple months before it starts selling a new iPhone model unlocked. Today a new option has appeared in the online store for selecting an unlocked model without a two-year carrier contract.

Apple Now Officially Selling iPhone 5 Unlocked In The U.S.

Unfortunately, GSM carrier customers need only apply—that means AT&T or T-Mobile in the U.S. and any other GSM international partners. The regular $199 iPhone 5 is unlocked out of the box on Verizon already. A pro of buying from Verizon is that you can use your unlocked iPhone 5 on AT&T’s HSPA+ network as well.

Here’s how Apple explains buying an unlocked iPhone 5:

The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment. You can activate and use iPhone on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States. The unlocked iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It does not come with a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5, so you’ll need to get one from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.

Apple released the iPhone 5 back in September, and two months later supply is just now starting to catch up with demand. Shipping estimates for regular iPhone 5 orders are now at one week.

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  • raking

    Trying to find out from Apple which LTE frequencies the GSM unlocked phone will work on. Pointless. The answer: AT&T. Now why would anyone pay $800 for an unlocked phone which only works on AT&T’s LTE network?

  • TeachMeiOS

    This will be nice for those who need to travel oversees and want to use local sim cards.

  • HerbalEd

    Trying to find out from Apple which LTE frequencies the GSM unlocked phone will work on. Pointless. The answer: AT&T. Now why would anyone pay $800 for an unlocked phone which only works on AT&T’s LTE network?

    Evidently a lot of people would … esp. people like me who do extensive international travel. Did you read the article?

  • HerbalEd

    Trying to find out from Apple which LTE frequencies the GSM unlocked phone will work on. Pointless. The answer: AT&T. Now why would anyone pay $800 for an unlocked phone which only works on AT&T’s LTE network?

    Evidently a lot of people would … esp. people like me who do extensive international travel. Did you read the article?

  • raking

    I did read the article and that’s why I am asking. If you read the article carefully, based on these facts, this version of the unlocked phone would only work on AT&T’s LTE network and would just drop down to HSPA+ elsewhere. So, the question becomes why put out an unlocked LTE/4G phone which only works on AT&T’s network? The whole point of getting an unlocked phone is so that you can use outside the US on other LTE networks . . .

  • CaityNicki

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)
    http://goo.gl/u8i0P

  • crackerpie

    its a good thing for usa users to have unlocked iphone 5 in their hands
    crackerpie.com

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