Only yesterday we reported that Apple will start selling factory unlocked iPhone 5 at Apple Retail Stores in USA, soon. The reports have turned out to be true and you can now buy factory unlocked iPhone 5 at Apple’s brick and mortar stores, stateside.
It took Apple over two months to launch unlocked iPhone 5 in USA. Initially only carrier subsidized models were being sold by AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Now customers have the option of just walking in to an Apple Store and buying an iPhone 5 without any contract hassles.
The iPhone 5 is off to a strong start, rather it has broken all sales records set by previous iPhones. The latest model brings some amazing changes such as the 4 inch screen, thinner and lighter profile, Lightning connector and an 8 megapixel camera. Millions of units have been sold around the world already and it is expected that Apple will sell at least 50 million units in Q3, 2012.
USA is one of the first locations to receive any new Apple product. That makes perfect sense given how Apple is an American company. Since the first iPhone was released in 2007 it has always initially been sold by carriers. AT&T had the monopoly on iPhones till 2010 when Apple finally added Verizon Wireless to the list of carriers that sold the iPhone in USA. Basically a carrier subsidized iPhone can be bought at a lower up front cost of $199 for 16GB. This subsidized unit comes with a two year contract with any of the three carriers mentioned above. It’s also locked to the carrier you purchase it from.
Locked iPhones are not always everyone’s cup of tea. Surely many prospective customers will rejoice now that they can buy factory unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple Stores in USA. A factory unlocked iPhone offers freedom to use any network anywhere in the world. Sure the up front cost may be substantially higher, but in this case, freedom doesn’t come cheap.
Right now you can buy factory unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple Retail Stores across USA. Factory unlocked models can also be ordered online where currently a one week shipping estimate is being shown. Be ready to part with some serious cash if you’re indeed willing to buy factory unlocked iPhone 5. The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models come with a price tag of $649, $749 and $849 respectively.