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Apple's iPhone 5 is Now Available Unlocked

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 24 comments

Apple's iPhone 5 is now available unlocked (but it'll cost you).

Late yesterday evening, word got out that Apple was to start selling its iPhone 5 smartphone unlocked in the United States. Sure enough, the option to purchase the iPhone 5 off-contract cropped up on Apple's website sometime last night.


Those shopping on Apple's website should now see the option to buy an unlocked iPhone 5 right underneath the carrier selection step in the purchasing process. Pricing is as was rumored yesterday. It ranges from $649, $749, and $849 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, respectively. Still no word on when the unlocked version of the iPhone 5 will arrive at retail stores, though 9to5Mac says stock is already arrived at stores, so we imagine it won't be long.

If unlocked isn't your thing, yesterday also brought news that the iPhone 5 is now in stock on Apple's website and that the waiting times for online orders have improved.

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    fyend , November 30, 2012 5:32 PM
    Pass. I'll stick with my S3.
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    masterasia , November 30, 2012 5:51 PM
    Why would anyone want to pay that kind of money for a phone?????? I know people in the UK do, but the people here in the US buy most of their phones with the 2-year contract. That's why I'm thankful for the Nexus line. You get a better phone at 1/3 of the price of an iPhone. Just in case you didn't know, the Nexus 4 has a disabled LTE chip which can be turned on pretty easily.......but only in Canada will it work. It should work for AT&T and T-Mobile next year.
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    atminside , November 30, 2012 6:00 PM
    "the unlocked iPhone only works on supported GSM networks, such as AT&T in the U.S. When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5 from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint. Limit two per customer. Learn more about the unlocked iPhone"
    --Straight from apple website.

    Notice how it only applies to GSM carriers and not CDMA. Therefore the "unlocked" needs to be further explained in this article.
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    bllue , November 30, 2012 6:00 PM
    Seems like a ripoff
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    samwelaye , November 30, 2012 6:14 PM
    atminside"the unlocked iPhone only works on supported GSM networks, such as AT&T in the U.S. When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5 from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint. Limit two per customer. Learn more about the unlocked iPhone"--Straight from apple website.Notice how it only applies to GSM carriers and not CDMA. Therefore the "unlocked" needs to be further explained in this article.


    This is always what unlocked has meant... I dont see what needs to be explained
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    eternalkp , November 30, 2012 6:17 PM
    $649, what a deal. :p 
    too bad i already ordered my Nexus 4 for $349
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 7:36 PM
    thats because your stay at home mother, is a whore. and gets gangbanged by 50 guys in 4 weeks, in the computer chair.
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    zzz_b , November 30, 2012 7:51 PM
    You are still locked in the Apple echosystem.
    No thanks!
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    icemunk , November 30, 2012 8:26 PM
    It amazes me that people still buy this phone. It's so ugly...
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 8:54 PM
    What I think is really funny is how the 5 will be outdated in just 6 months by the 5S and people about to buy one for Christmas and into next Spring dont have a clue...lol
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 8:55 PM
    Meh Galaxy Note 2 ftw.
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    atminside , November 30, 2012 9:10 PM
    @Samelaye

    I guess I didn't get the memo on the actual definition of "unlocked" like the rest of the kids. I was actually excited about this article until i visited apple's website and read the fine print. Not every one has the same information as you so I believe any further information is warranted to prevent ambiguity. Unless you like ambiguity and like to hold knowledge over people and has the "didn't you know?" smug hipster attitude. I kind of get irate at people who act like that. Really gets on my nerves. End rant.
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    livebriand , December 1, 2012 12:01 AM
    Now why would I buy this over a Nexus 4? Sure, you gain LTE, but at double the price?
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    chibiwings , December 1, 2012 2:08 AM
    wow that's innovation. lolz
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    bejabbers , December 1, 2012 2:34 AM
    why is this newsworthy? Almost every other phone on earth is available unlocked. I guess if apple does it then it's revolutionary, regardless of the fact that nearly every other company does this.
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    icemunk , December 1, 2012 9:19 AM
    bejabberswhy is this newsworthy? Almost every other phone on earth is available unlocked. I guess if apple does it then it's revolutionary, regardless of the fact that nearly every other company does this.


    The so-called "news" you read, is often advertising disguised as a new article.
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    misterawsome , December 1, 2012 3:35 PM
    "unlocked"
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    nebun , December 1, 2012 4:17 PM
    fyendPass. I'll stick with my S3.

    lol....you my friend can stick with your mediocre OS and battery life....ont he other hand, i love my iphone5...my daughter plays games on it, almost 5 to 6 hours a day and the battery never drops below 25 percent, try that with any android device then you can speak
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    Anonymous , December 1, 2012 4:24 PM
    how ISN'T unlocked your thing?
    who doesn't want an unlocked phone?
    who the hell writes this stuff?
    more sensationalist junk
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    chibiwings , December 1, 2012 7:34 PM
    Quote:
    ol....you my friend can stick with your mediocre OS and battery life....ont he other hand, i love my iphone5...my daughter plays games on it, almost 5 to 6 hours a day and the battery never drops below 25 percent, try that with any android device then you can speak


    say that to Motorola Droid Razor Maxx
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