Factory unlocked iPhone units not only provide flexibility in terms of choosing carriers, but they are also popular among international travelers who may need to frequently switch SIM cards to avoid the exorbitant international roaming charges and residents of countries where the device isn’t yet available.
We took a quick tour of all of Apple’s country specific websites where the iPhone 5 was available and made a chart comparing factory unlocked iPhone 5 prices across these countries.
Apple is currently not offering unlocked iPhone 5s in U.S. and Japan, out of the nine launch countries. Unlocked iPhone 5 should be available in the U.S. sometime over the next several weeks. Last year, unlocked iPhone 4S was available in the U.S. only on November 11th, four weeks after it was launched.
Apple did put up a listing for factory unlocked iPhone 5 on the US Apple Store website, but took it down later on, as TechCrunch notes. TechCrunch did, however, manage to grab a screenshot of the prices, which we’ve added in our chart below.
The prices shown in the chart do not take into account additional taxes, and are for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively:
Before making the purchase, though, make sure your carrier provides Nano-SIM cards, without which you won’t be able to activate your iPhone 5. Also, make sure that amongst the three iPhone 5 variants available, you choose the right one depending on whether your carrier is CDMA or GSM based and which LTE frequencies it supports.