Apple to sell unlocked iPhones tonight in the US?

Apple may begin to sell an unlocked version of its iPhone 5 to US consumers tonight, maybe as soon as 9PM, according to retail sources.

The sources tell 9to5Mac that the unlocked iPhone 5 will come in at $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB, and $849 for 64GB storage. Apple's retail stores have also reportedly started to receive unlocked devices and plan to start selling them to customers soon, but no date has yet been provided. Apple may even be planning an Apple Store Personal Pickup program so that customers can reserve an iPhone 5 at any time of the day and then pick it up.

Source: 9to5Mac Image: Apple

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I don't get this as the phones are still tied to a specific carrier here in the US. For example, an Verizon Unlocked iPhone will not work on sprint.

bankajac said,
I don't get this as the phones are still tied to a specific carrier here in the US. For example, an Verizon Unlocked iPhone will not work on sprint.

What don't you get? Unlocked means not tied.

bankajac said,
I don't get this as the phones are still tied to a specific carrier here in the US. For example, an Verizon Unlocked iPhone will not work on sprint.

Thats not unlocked then, are you getting rooted and unlocked mixed?
Rooting usually allows you to install any applications etc on the phone you want
Unlocked means that the sim is not locked to a specific carrier. I try to make sure that all my phones are unlocked now so I am not tied to a specific carrier, this makes it easier to switch providers

Unlocked Verizon phones are unlocked for GSM not CDMA.

Unlocked Apple phones are also unlocked for GSM only. They won't work neither on Verizon nor on Sprint.

In other words you can use these unlocked phones on T-Mobile or AT&T or any other GSM network abroad with the SIM card you get from the network provider.

i had posted "wait for the ibabies to come along and whine and cry" but the admin deleted it but, as predicted, 2nd post, and there will be more to come. Lets see if the admin delete this post too lol.

Jimmy422 said,
The fact that somebody out there is going to spend $849 on a phone makes me sick.

Works out much cheaper than in the UK, even if it still is super expensive. Converted it's about £529.33 for 64GB in the US, in the UK £699.

Jimmy422 said,
The fact that somebody out there is going to spend $849 on a phone makes me sick.

Well if you buy it through a contract you're actually paying much more for it, which is even sicker when you could buy it once and decide where the heck you want to have it when the heck you say so.

Lucas said,

Well if you buy it through a contract you're actually paying much more for it, which is even sicker when you could buy it once and decide where the heck you want to have it when the heck you say so.

Agreed. However it is good to have the choice of contract in my opinion.

xstex said,

Works out much cheaper than in the UK, even if it still is super expensive. Converted it's about £529.33 for 64GB in the US, in the UK £699.

It's not quite that bad though.

Main price differences sadly are due to the fact that in Europe we have to bend over and take it up the arse on tax.

Take of the VAT and that becomes ~£559.20 add on average US sales tax of around 9% and that comes out at ~£600 still a difference but not as bad.

wish we'd just sell all phones unlocked to start with at full price, or lower if locked to a carrier... give us choice!

neufuse said,
wish we'd just sell all phones unlocked to start with at full price, or lower if locked to a carrier... give us choice!

You can buy unlocked iphone when it's released, all you have to do is to go to apple retail store and ask for device only option.

Tarazena said,

You can buy unlocked iphone when it's released, all you have to do is to go to apple retail store and ask for device only option.

not just apple, but everyone, no more "exclusive" phones if you are willing to pay full price you should be able to get it for any carrier