1. blast33's Avatar
    So guys, I am about to buy a new Iphone 5s. Since there is no retail store near the place I am currently living, is there another option for buying it ( i need it contact-free/unlocked) from somewhere or from one of the carriers. I know i can order it from aplle.com but i leave the country on sep 30 and i am little scared about if my phone will arrive before that date.
    09-13-2013 01:25 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The other option is to travel to a retail store that is not near where you're currently living and make a purchase. Other than that, you will have to order it online or via telephone from Apple, another online retailer or your preferred wireless carrier. . Alternatively, you can have a friend or family member purchase it for you and then ship it to you when it arrives.
    09-13-2013 02:03 PM
  3. blast33's Avatar
    I have to travel whole day to get to a retail shop so i guess i am screwed
    09-13-2013 02:04 PM
  4. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I'm almost sure there will be blackmarket sellers on ebay etc. selling it.
    09-13-2013 02:33 PM
  5. Eileen89's Avatar
    I'm almost sure there will be blackmarket sellers on ebay etc. selling it.
    True. They are there every year. The price isn't cheap, though.


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    09-13-2013 06:05 PM
  6. CT9AJ's Avatar
    So there will be a factory unlocked version of the 5S available on the 20th? There never usually is.
    09-14-2013 10:41 AM
  7. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    So there will be a factory unlocked version of the 5S available on the 20th? There never usually is.
    The tmobile one is unlocked (GSM/LTE). I don't know if they'll let you purchase it on launch day and swap the SIM card out to a different carrier though.

    Likewise the Verizon variant has CDMA locked to Verizon but the GSM/LTE SIM is not locked. Again not sure if you'll be allowed to purchase this full price and switch it to a different carrier though.

    ATT version will be locked (GDM/LTE).

    Sprint will be locked on CDMA and GSM/LTE.
    09-14-2013 11:38 AM
  8. ajsberrybold's Avatar
    Just out of curiosity, has anyone actually been able to purchase a phone on release day off-contract and pay full price? Does apple or the wireless carrier allow you to? Thanks!
    09-14-2013 12:02 PM
  9. WhiteSpir1t's Avatar
    So there will be a factory unlocked version of the 5S available on the 20th? There never usually is.
    Yes there is. Verizon.


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    09-15-2013 07:09 PM
  10. Eileen89's Avatar
    Yes there is. Verizon.


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    There will also be an unlocked T-Mobile 5S as well.


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    09-16-2013 07:07 AM
  11. mustangboy88's Avatar
    I called 1-800-myapple the other day cause I had the same question. According to the person on the phone the model A1530 is supposed to be the factory unlocked iPhone 5s that Apple will be selling in the stores. (and talked to an Apple Store sales person here at a mall and they said it would be available on the 20th). My concern is I am getting ready to travel to the UK for the next 4 yrs and wondering if I would be able to purchase the TMO phone since it look like it has more bands available. Don't know if that would be a factor being in the UK.

    Reference this link for the different iPhone 5s models. Apple - iPhone 5 - View countries with supported LTE networks.
    09-16-2013 08:45 AM

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