For those of you that can only use your iPhone unlocked, we have good news. As of today, Apple is selling unlocked iPhone 5 models, both online and in their retail stores. This news came with little surprise, and has been an expected move for the past few days.
The pricing on these is pretty steep, although not more that Apple’s usual for unlocked phones. The basic, 16 GB iPhone is selling for $649, with each step up from there costing $100 more. Go check it out for yourself on the store. If you want an unlocked phone but dont want to pay such an expensive price, be sure to check out our giveaway.
Apple has this to say on the topic of unlocked phones:
“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.”