We started off the month with a little tease about Apple getting ready for sales of unlocked, off-contract iPhone 5 handsets directly to users in the US. While Apple didn’t actually admit to anything, some snooping around on its website turned-up some pricing info for these unlocked handsets, suggesting that Apple was preparing to begin such sales. We still don’t have official confirmation, but some new rumors claim that it won’t be long before we see those sales kick-off, and Apple could get them started as soon as later today.
Supposedly, Apple could start offering unlocked iPhone 5 handsets through its website as early as 9PM tonight. There’s no word on what time zone that’s supposed to be, so that could easily be Pacific time, meaning the sales wouldn’t start on the East Coast until midnight.
Pricing would likely be just what we saw revealed on Apple’s site earlier this month, with the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models going for $649, $749, and $849, respectively.
While online sales would begin tonight, at least according to these sources from Apple’s retail chain, Apple Stores may not immediately follow suit, and though they’d likely start selling the same units soon, there’s no word on a date just yet.
This rumor comes right on the heels of claims that T-Mobile might be about to start its own iPhone sales.