So I haven't seen anything yet but is there going to be a factory unlocked version of the iPhone 5 available on the 21st also? I would like to fly up to Miami and buy one if that's the case. We don't have LTE here in the Cayman Islands so that doesn't matter to me. Our 3G/4G bands are the same as AT&T I think.
- 09-12-2012, 10:00 PM #2iPhone Genius
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There will be one... but no clue (yet) when it will be available. Typically there is a lag between the release of the subsidized (read LOCKED) phones and the unlocked phones... but over the past several releases, that lag time period has shrunk.
I'd probably give it a week or two before we hear anything. iPhone 5 (Black.32GB.AT&T) iPad Mini (Black.32GB.WiFi) iPad (3Gen.Black.64GB.AT&T) MacBook Pro (15" 2012.Retina Display.i7) iMac (21.5" 2011.i5) AppleTV (3Gen)
- 09-13-2012, 02:18 AM #4iPhone Nanite
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I would really like to see Apple provide factory unlocked stock from Day 1. They have it being released in many other countries on launch day, so why not the USA? This is a simple fix. My guess is that they have some carrier stipulation that states they can't sell carrier-free (aka unlocked) versions in the USA for a certain period of time, in order to maximize contract sales.
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- 09-13-2012, 04:16 AM #7iPhone Pro
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The contracts in the US go back to the days of AT&Ts exclusive access to sell iPhones. Apple required conditions from AT&T, and in turn they required conditions from Apple. Over time these were relaxed as other carriers came on board, but they still have minimum purchase requirements and initial release guarantees in the latest contracts.
- 09-13-2012, 04:32 AM #8
So if I wanted to order a US iPhone 5 on launch day for my colleague to bring to me in the UK I would have to take it on a carrier? I read elsewhere on the forum that you can pay an "unlocked" price and then get the carrier to unlock it once you've received it. Is this correct?
- 09-13-2012, 04:41 AM #9
- 09-13-2012, 04:51 AM #10
The 16GB unlocked 5 is going to be £529 ($850). Typically the price goes up by £100 per storage increment making the 64GB unlocked 5 $1170!!!
My colleague who is coming over is based in one of the sales tax free states (New Hampshire I think) so $849 versus $1170 is a big incentive!
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- 09-13-2012, 06:25 AM #12
If you compare the order page for the iPhone 5 in the US and UK two differences suggest the UK will be sim-free:
1) The price. Yes we normally pay more but $199+ compared to £529+ suggests this is the off-contract price
2) The US site lists the carriers you will be able to buy the phone on from tomorrow. The UK page doesn't list any carriers.
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