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Apple to Begin Selling Unlocked iPhone 5 Models in U.S. as Soon as Later Today

9to5Mac reports that Apple is set to begin sales of unlocked iPhone 5 units to U.S. customers as soon as later today. Sales are said to begin in the company's online store, with retail stores currently receiving units ahead of an unspecified in-store launch date.
Apple will begin selling an unlocked version of its iPhone 5 through its online store as soon as 9 PM tonight, according to our retail sources. The unlocked iPhone 5 price range will likely be $649, $749, and $849 depending on a choice of either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage.
While unlocked devices are the norm in many of Apple's markets, Apple typically restricts sales in the U.S. during an initial time period after launch to devices locked to specific carriers. For the iPhone 4S, it took less than one month for Apple to begin selling unlocked models to U.S. customers, but it has already been over two months since Apple began U.S. sales of the iPhone 5.

Apple is also said to be expanding its Personal Pickup program for the iPhone 5, allowing users to reserve a device at any time for pickup the following day rather than having to wait until 10:00 PM when the stores have closed for the day to place their reservations.

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26 months ago
I don't care just give me itunes 11!

oh wait, people can't complain about that anymore. I wonder what people will whine about next
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago
Apple to Begin Ripping You Off as Soon As Later Today.
Rating: 4 Votes
26 months ago

thats a ton for a college student!!! :rolleyes:


probly not a math major
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago
Finally. This is a bit later than last year's release of the unlocked 4S.
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago
I've always wondered this, but why are unlocked or off contract smartphones more expensive than iPad/tablets?
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago

I don't think some people realize how expensive it is to design, build, distribute and support such advanced devices. There's tons of costs that need to be covered that you don't *see*.


And executive bonuses to consider!
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago

I've always wondered this, but why are unlocked or off contract smartphones more expensive than iPad/tablets?


You don't know?

Apple's iPhone twice as profitable per unit as iPad (http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/07/27/apples_iphone_twice_as_profitable_per_unit_than_ipad)

iPhones make :apple: 49-58% profit.
iPads make :apple: 23-32% profit.

While you might be paying $199 upfront for a contract iPhone, the carrier is paying the rest ($650 – $199 = $451) to Apple. In other words, you're indirectly paying Apple the remaining ~$451 over the course of the duration of your contract.

With an unlocked iPhone, Apple is looking to make the same amount of profit, thus charging the entire $650.

It's not exactly rocket science.

Contracts, at end of the day, especially in the USA, are absurdly expensive. Why the hell would I want to blow $100+ per month on a cell phone connection? Americans don't know any better. Mobile networks are MUCH cheaper outside of the USA.
Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago

probly not a math major


Probably not an English major either... :rolleyes:
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Rating: 3 Votes
26 months ago

It's been well documented that many Apple stores would not simply sell you an unlocked off contract iPhone outright.


And that's what I was telling my wife right after it came out. Then she comes home with one and I'm like, well, wtf do I know? :D
Rating: 2 Votes
26 months ago

If you knew how to do math, you would know that even if you break the contract a month in, you still come out ahead with the contract. Not to mention, you can still sell the device.

Secondly, Android is just as capable as the iPhone, if not more capable, and it is certainly not a "dumb phone" as your patently false statement claims. Also, with the Nexus 4, you'd get to use the latest version of Android and Google Maps when roaming, so you'd get to use both, which is always better than having just one.

In case you haven't noticed, iPhones also don't work well in NYC, yet for some reason every freaking person on the street seems to have one.

I use an iPhone because it fits perfectly into my work and home computer ecosystem. iTunes, iCloud, iMessage, everything synch between more than 15 Apple computers and iDevices. One of my devices is an iPod Touch running iOS 5 so I still have Google Maps. An Android device would not work seamlessly as an Apple device does for me.

As far as resale value an unlocked iPhone sells for a significantly higher resale value than an iPhone locked to a network. AT&T recently started allowing unlocks once the contract is over. They didn't offer it before.

I travel to Canada, Spain, Trinidad and Brazil regularly and I like being able to swap a SIM card and be able to use all of my apps and contacts where ever I am. Not swapping phones and OSes with different apps.

Either way, you don't understand why we buy no contract unlocked iPhones and nor will I try and convince you that you should. Please don't try and convince me that Android doesn't suck. Because that's my opinion from using Android and you won't change it.
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