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Report: Apple to Start Selling Unlocked iPhone 5 Tonight

By - Source: 9to5Mac | B 19 comments

Earlier today we reported that the iPhone 5 is now in stock on Apple's website and that the waiting times for online orders have improved. However, it seems Apple also has plans to start selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5.

9to5Mac cites sources that say Apple will begin selling the unlocked iPhone 5 via its online stores as early as 9pm tonight. Pricing is said to be $649, $749, and $849 for the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, respectively. If you're not big into online shopping, these sources apparently said that this unlocked iPhone 5 will also be hitting retail stores, though the release date is not yet known.

Apple currently sells the iPhone 5 on contract through AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Customers have a choice between 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, which are priced at $199, $299, and $399, respectively.

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    xpeh , November 29, 2012 11:23 PM
    I'd rather spend that much cash on a Galaxy Note II
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    xpeh , November 29, 2012 11:23 PM
    I'd rather spend that much cash on a Galaxy Note II
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    bustapr , November 29, 2012 11:29 PM
    i dont really think these unlocked phones would sell much at all like previous gens. if people here remember a year ago, everyone and heir mothers had an iphone. today I was in college wondering about this, I look around me and I see everyone and their mothers have galaxy S3s. its rare to see an iphone 5 in my area. a more expensive off contract phone wouldnt really help sales in my area.
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    adgjlsfhk , November 29, 2012 11:34 PM
    It's not Zach! I feel stupid, because when I saw "unlocked phone", my first thought was overclockable.
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    heffeque , November 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    xpehI'd rather spend that much cash on a Galaxy Note II

    I'd rather spend that much cash on a Galaxy Tab.
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    yorgos , November 30, 2012 12:04 AM
    heffequeI'd rather spend that much cash on a Galaxy Tab.

    I'd rather get a dual GPU or 2 single GPU cards with that much money and get a simple phone to make calls with the change.
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    danwat1234 , November 30, 2012 12:09 AM
    I'd rather get a super fast laptop instead
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    ivanto , November 30, 2012 12:11 AM
    bustapri dont really think these unlocked phones would sell much at all like previous gens. if people here remember a year ago, everyone and heir mothers had an iphone. today I was in college wondering about this, I look around me and I see everyone and their mothers have galaxy S3s. its rare to see an iphone 5 in my area. a more expensive off contract phone wouldnt really help sales in my area.


    I know dozens of people with iPhone 5 and 3 with Galaxy 3. One of them got it because Blackberry died 2 month before iPhone 5 release and he could not work without a phone for that long.

    Wondering how many iPhone 5's were sold this quarter, likely between 40-50 million devices.
    -IvanTO
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 12:42 AM
    damn these "phones" are mighty expensive. That's like a couple of car payments or rent for a month
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    livebriand , November 30, 2012 1:11 AM
    jrm78damn these "phones" are mighty expensive. That's like a couple of car payments or rent for a month

    No doubt they don't cost that much to make, if the Nexus 4 is any indication. (even though Google might be subsidizing it a bit)
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    livebriand , November 30, 2012 1:12 AM
    jrm78damn these "phones" are mighty expensive. That's like a couple of car payments or rent for a month

    No doubt they don't cost that much to make, if the Nexus 4 is any indication. (even though Google might be subsidizing it a bit)
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    shikamaru31789 , November 30, 2012 1:51 AM
    Far too expensive for me. Not when I can get the S2 from Boost for $369 with no contract, as well as the cheapest unlimited everything plan I know of.
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    digiex , November 30, 2012 2:19 AM
    These damn thin bricks like phones with rounded corners are expensive!
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    clownbaby , November 30, 2012 2:36 AM
    hmmm...iphone 5, Galaxy note 2, or a nexus 4 and 7?
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    bustapr , November 30, 2012 3:19 AM
    shikamaru31789Far too expensive for me. Not when I can get the S2 from Boost for $369 with no contract, as well as the cheapest unlimited everything plan I know of.

    virgin mobile has galaxy s2 at 300 with the cheapest data plan ive seen.
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    madjimms , November 30, 2012 4:43 AM
    My prepaid phone is $20 for 200 minutes, it makes calls & can text, OH & it plays Battle Reversi.

    I don't understand WHY anyone would spend hundreds of dollars on a device to make & receive phone calls.
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 7:29 AM
    Is this only the AT&T model? I want to buy a Verizon model for EU 4G support, when will they be selling that one at the apple stores?
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    bllue , November 30, 2012 12:26 PM
    What a ripoff
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , November 30, 2012 1:42 PM
    xpehI'd rather spend that much cash on a Galaxy Note II

    Amen, dude...

    Sent from my Galaxy Note 2 :p 
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    sliem , November 30, 2012 2:01 PM
    Ripoff indeed. Spec is similar to nexus 4 8GB and it's $299 no contract.