1. CT9AJ's Avatar
    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 10:54 PM
  2. Fausty82's Avatar
    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.
    09-12-2012 11:00 PM
  3. CT9AJ's Avatar
    Ahh ok thanks. I really hope it isn't long. I sold my 4S so I'm kinda bored right now haha.
    09-13-2012 12:03 AM
  4. krossant's Avatar
    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.
    09-13-2012 03:18 AM
  5. Timhewitt's Avatar
    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.
    Yes. Contract obligations give the carriers first shot at new unit sales. They in turn commit to a very high number of sales in a year.
    09-13-2012 04:35 AM
  6. nitinparmar1985's Avatar
    i always found it stange that USA are tied to a contract, in the UK from day one you can buy sim free. which is what i will be doing tomorrow
    09-13-2012 04:45 AM
  7. Timhewitt's Avatar
    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 05:16 AM
  8. TheMaccaUK's Avatar
    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?

    Thanks
    09-13-2012 05:32 AM
  9. nitinparmar1985's Avatar
    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?

    Thanks
    why not just order it yourself in the UK on the 14th ? UK and US preorder and shipping dates are the same, correct me if im missing the point.....
    09-13-2012 05:41 AM
  10. TheMaccaUK's Avatar
    Purely price.

    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 05:51 AM
  11. JoRddZeCkO's Avatar
    So the Sim free iPhone 5 will be available to Pre Order here in the UK tomorrow? Has anyone got a link to where this information is please or has it been the same with every release? Thank You.
    09-13-2012 07:14 AM
  12. TheMaccaUK's Avatar
    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.
    09-13-2012 07:25 AM
  13. CT9AJ's Avatar
    Looks like I shouldn't have sold my 4S! Dammit!
    09-13-2012 10:08 AM
  14. Xm_jdm's Avatar
    With the 4S, the unlocked version did not hit Apple stores until late November...
    09-13-2012 11:27 AM
  15. sting7k's Avatar
    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.
    All the carriers have been selling phones this exact same way long before the iPhone. Nothing has changed regards to getting your cell phone for less in exchange for signing a two year service contract.
    09-19-2012 04:23 PM
  16. mannar's Avatar
    Is this real?
    09-21-2012 02:21 AM
  17. LCW's Avatar
    Question is which version would it be if sold unlocked is the US? The 1428 or 1429 ?
    09-21-2012 08:01 AM
  18. dcsr23#IM's Avatar
    How are people selling the phones on ebay as factory unlocked when Apple hasn't announced a release date on these? I thought apple needs to unlock these but obviously these are still new in the box and haven't been activated yet. Can someone elighten me?
    09-21-2012 03:18 PM
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