Apple now selling unlocked iPhone 5 models in the US

By , Nov 29, 2012

Great news for folks in the US who have been waiting for Apple to start selling unlocked versions of its latest handset. As we were expecting, the company has begun selling contract-free, unlocked GSM models of the iPhone 5 tonight in both its retail stores and online…

The new unlocked option, first spotted by MacRumors, can be found on Apple’s web store underneath the carrier choices on the iPhone 5 page. The link is labeled ”or get iPhone unlocked and contract-free,” and clicking it brings up unlocked iPhone models and prices.

From Apple’s website:

“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.”

As far as pricing goes, there aren’t any surprises. Just like its predecessor, the 16GB version of the unlocked iPhone 5 starts at $649. And the 32GB and 64GB models cost $749 and $849 respectively. Again, these are just GSM units. But CDMA models are already unlocked.

Do you plan on purchasing an unlocked iPhone 5?

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  • Steve

    Isn’t Verizon already selling unlocked ones? Or if you’re on AT&T, just buy an unlock service for like $5.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

      Those are CDMA.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RKT7897 Richard Thompson

        The gsm sim in the CDMA versions are unlocked. So if you needed or wanted to, you could pop an AT&T micro sim in it and have service.

  • JWu

    Just purchased one. However, I wish it had both GSM and CDMA like the Verizon iPhone 5.

    • http://www.facebook.com/denial.v.navalta Denial V. Navalta

      DID YOU purchased online.or went to apple store in get one?

      • JWu

        I ordered it online and it will arrive 12/14. You can order it online and pick it up in store or buy it directly at the Apple store if they have it in stock, which they most likely do.

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        I ordered 2 for co-workers last night, will go pick it up Monday, and it is already ready @ Grand central station.

        You know what is funny… I called Apple CS last night regarding how long they would hold the phone for me since I am still on break… the answer is… they don’t know -.-

        I have asked the same question back to iPhone 5 which is almost 2 months ago… Am I the only one with this concern?

  • Ajh

    Who knows whats the model a1429 or a1428 ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

      The A1428 model iPhone 5 is the Canadian and US AT&T network GSM iPhone, including broad support for UMTS/HSPA+DC-HSDPA (frequencies 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (frequencies 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), and LTE bands 4 and 17.

      The A1429 iPhone comes in two different flavors, one CDMA and one GSM. The GSM model is designed to support LTE in Asia (including Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea). This GSM iPhone will also work on LTE in Australia, Germany, and the UK on bands 1, 3, and 5.

      The CDMA version of model A1429 works on Sprint’s and Verizon’s LTE networks in the US, along with the KDDI network in Japan on bands 1, 3, 5, 13, and 25. The CDMA version also supports GSM bands, making the CDMA iPhone 5 compatible with GSM networks. However, the CDMA A1429 will not support LTE on GSM networks in the US.

      • Ajh

        Which one is the US unlocked ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

        1428 GSM and 1429 CDMA. Did you ready the information?

  • wadjj

    Oh man, 150 dollars cheaper than in AU for every version, f*** this sh**

    • Asaf

      300$ cheaper than in Israel for every verision.

      • wadjj

        wow, that’s harsh

      • Guest

        in Finland the 16GB version costs €689 and 64GB €899. €899 is about ~$1200.. not a big problem, I have 32GB version.

  • Coltam

    Soon you will be paying $1000 for a iPhone. Apple’s getting a bit stupid with the pricing of the iPhone

    • seyss

      you should check your “facts” before posting. Last year’s unlocked iPhone 4S was sold at the same prices. you’re getting a lot of new shit for the old price

      • Coltam

        Well I never said anything about paying more !!!
        All I’m saying is look at the price of iPhones compared to the rest of the phones out their. $150 away from a $1000. No wonder people are going Samsung. And no im not a Samsung fan as I got a iPhone 5.

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        I don’t know when did you start using smartphone…

        Compared with Nokia, Samsung, and SE. iPhone is not that expensive overall.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1659581606 Jacob Noah Wolin

      Yeah but that’s for a factory unlocked 64GB iPhone, that’s what carriers pay for the phone, and then they sell it to you for a huge discount

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        Smart post!

        I don’t think the phone is expensive at all, the monthly fee is expensive…

  • http://www.facebook.com/denial.v.navalta Denial V. Navalta

    THANKS APPLE!!!!

  • f96lrs

    i bought iphone 5 199.00 and had it unlocked 5.00 much cheaper

    • JWu

      That is cheaper if you’re fine with the two year contract and data requirement. Some people are willing to pay for the unlocked version because they will make up the cost from rate plan savings. It depends on different people and their carriers.

      • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

        Exactly, and he did not mention that is a contract-phone.

        Overall, he will have to pay around 2k with 2 years contract.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562666980 Milad Khahil

    Wonder what LTE network !!!!

  • Craig

    I can not find the unlocked version link. Can some one point me to the page.