You can now get your hands on the unlocked version of the iPhone 5 from the Apple Store in the US. The unlocked handset will cost you $649 for the 16GB, $749 for the 32GB and $849 for the 64GB version. Apple has offered the unlocked device in other countries since it was first launched in September. However it hasn’t been available in the US until now.
Unlocked iPhone 5 hits US Apple Store
Several retail sources said that Apple would begin to start selling the unlocked iPhone 5 over the next few days and handsets have made their way to stores in large quantities since.
The unlocked iPhone 5 works on GSM only and this is supported by T-Mobile and AT&T in the US. However bear in mind that it doesn’t work on CDMA brands. If you want to get the device without contract and you want to travel abroad with it, this could be the perfect iPhone for you. Apple says that they are limiting the deal to two devices per customer.
Apple had this to say:
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.”