Unlocked iPhone 5 Now Available In Apple’s Online Store In The U.S.

As reported earlier, Apple has started selling unlocked GSM iPhone 5 in its Online Store in the U.S. It has taken Apple a lot more time to launch the unlocked iPhone 5, which went on sale in September, due to production issues. Last year, Apple had started selling unlocked iPhone 4S on its Online Store less than a month after it was launched.

If you visit Apple’s U.S. Online Store, you will now see an option to “get iPhone unlocked and contract free” while buying an iPhone 5.

The unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models are available for $649, $749 and $849 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively and will be shipped in 1 week. Just like the unlocked iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, the unlocked iPhone 5 only works on supported GSM networks such as AT&T, T-Mobile in the U.S. It won’t work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon or Sprint.

The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment. You can activate and use iPhone on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States. The unlocked iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It does not come with a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5, so you’ll need to get one from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.

Have you been waiting to buy the unlocked iPhone 5? Let us know in the comments.

Hat tip: 9to5Mac

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  • Koomoo

    Woohoo! about time!

  • moe22

    seems as though another piece of news leaving me unaffected -.- Canada is already unlocked iPhones on the online store

  • Alfredo

    Is the VAT included in this price? Seems low compared to Europe: 749$ / 1,3 = ± 576€ for the 32 GB model

    • genXhippie

      No, in America the taxes are never included in listed prices of anything. Imo, it’s idiotic and frustrating, because it gives the appearance that items are cheaper than they actually are, not to mention one must always figure the tax in before purchasing.

      • Alfredo

        Well, that’s really idiotic an if i read right, then the tax can differ from state to state. But even with let’s say 10% of tax it would be cheaper compared to Italy for instance: 749$ * 1,1 = 823,9 / 1,3 = ± 634€. In Italy the 32GB model costs 839€(!)…. and it’s not only the 21% VAT which makes it expensive here…… but yeah… we do not have to buy it :-)

  • hwa

    I ordered one, despite “ships in 1 week” delivery estimate is Dec 17.

  • HHBlades

    The iPhone 5 cost $649 no contract base model?!?! That is crazy. One AT&T, no contract GS3 cost $549 and the Note 2 goes for $649. You just got Samsung-ed.