Unlocked iPhone 5 now available in the US, priced from $649
That changes today, as Apple has now listed the unlocked version of its latest smartphone for sale on its website. As always though, the prices are incredibly high.
If you want a 16 GB unlocked iPhone 5, you need to pony up $649. The prices go up from there in $100 increments as you add more storage, just like Apple has always done – so the 32 GB model is $749, and the 64 GB unit goes for $849.
Delivery times are currently around the one week mark, but that’s the case even if you want to buy a carrier-subsidized iPhone 5 from Apple itself.
The unlocked iPhone works on AT&T in the US. T-Mobile is an option too, but you’ll get only 2G coverage in most of the country, so that’s probably not worth it. You won’t be able to use the unlocked iPhone on Sprint, Verizon, or any other CDMA carrier. When you travel abroad, you’ll be able to use it virtually everywhere, as casually popping in a local SIM card is now possible.