Consumers in the US may not be able to pick up an unlocked iPhone 5 from the official Apple Store yet, but a recent discovery has revealed that Apple seemingly has plans to make this a reality in the future, with all three unlocked models currently hibernating on the Apple website.
At the moment, Apple are still prioritizing the carrier versions that are available from Sprint, Verizon and AT&T in the US. Shipping times are still set at 3-4 weeks for all new US orders, with demand for the new model still sky high – including a dire situation on the Hong Kong Apple store where consumers can still cannot buy an iPhone 5 online.
If you are waiting for an unlocked iPhone 5 in the US instead, you’ll be interested to know that Apple is planning to sell the models officially on their store, evident in the fact that the information freely resides on their website with consumers able to view the unlocked models by performing a simple search.
By typing in ‘iPhone 5 factory unlocked’ in the search bar, you’ll see that Apple displays entries for the three different storage options, depending on whether you want an unlocked 16, 32 or 16GB model. Pricing starts at $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB option and a pricey $849 for the 64GB beast.
If you continue to click one of these unlocked models, you’ll be redirected back to the carrier versions. It will be interesting to see just how long Apple waits until deciding to put these live on their website, but it is obviously great news that they will offer these up to consumers at a later date.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Apple’s pricing for the unlocked iPhone 5 models are reasonable or not? At least they are cheaper than what some retailers are offering online. Amazon UK are selling the unlocked 64GB iPhone 5 for a staggering £829 – around $1330 in a direct conversion to USD.