Apple Brings Unlocked iPhone 5 Sales To The US

Yesterday, we heard that Apple was planning to finally kick-off direct sales of unlocked, off-contract iPhone 5 handsets to interested customers in the US. At the time, that was little more than a rumor, but it looks like the sources behind it were right on the money, as Apple has gone ahead and started those unlocked iPhone 5 sales overnight.

Both the black and the white iPhone 5 are selling unlocked in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities for $649, $749, and $849, respectively. Apple has set a two-per-customer limit, so don’t plan on loading up on a bunch for a little resale venture.

One outstanding question is just what hardware Apple’s selling here. After all, it has a couple different GSM versions of the iPhone 5, with support for different LTE bands. Initial reports suggest that this is the dual-band LTE model, which operates on bands 4 and 17.

Before you snatch up one of these models and get ready for a little globetrotting adventure, your new unlocked iPhone in tow, don’t forget that the iPhone 5 requires nano SIMs, which carriers without an iPhone 5 of their own are unlikely to have readily available – might be time to invest in a SIM cutter.

Source: Apple
Via: Engadget

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!