Unlocked iPhone 5 Will Not Be Sold in the U.S at Launch

Posted September 14, 2012 at 1:00am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 50683 views

Apple has confirmed that it will not be selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 in the U.S. at launch, reports The Verge.

We spoke with several Apple Store customer service representatives today, who informed us that US customers won't be able to sign up for the unlocked variant of Apple's new flagship phone when pre-orders start early tomorrow morning. The unlocked version also won't be available from either the US online or brick-and-mortar Apple Stores when the iPhone 5 launches on September 21st.

North of the border, Canadian customers will be able to purchase an unlocked device directly from Apple at launch. So if you're close to the border this may be a viable option.

The cost of an unlocked iPhone for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes will be $649, $749, and $849, when the device becomes available in the U.S. The prices in Canada are $699, $799, and $899.

Pre-orders of the iPhone 5 start at 12:01AM Pacific Time tonight!

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tipster - January 20, 2013 at 12:28am
Apple iPhone 5 16GB (White) - Unlocked open this link: http://amzn.to/UX2bj8 Apple iPhone 5 16GB (black) - Unlocked open this link: http://amzn.to/VdzaRU
David - September 26, 2012 at 12:16pm
who cares i already got my iphone unlocked at unlockiphones.info
Arnold88 - February 26, 2014 at 10:09am
The other one great service is http://www.att-iphone-unlock.com/. I have unlocked my iphone 5s att there with no problem)
Arnold88 - February 26, 2014 at 10:11am
Kalito - September 16, 2012 at 6:08am
Damn! But when do you think the unlocked version will be available? In October? It gives my networks where I am time to stockup nano simcards though!
mercok - September 16, 2012 at 6:54am
Wait and see until iphone 5 release on 9/21, if apple doesnt say anything maybe, iphone 5 unlocked will be available november or maybe next year. I don't think apple will be release iphone 5 unlocked in october because on apple website it show like this: If I lose my iPhone, can I buy a replacement iPhone? Yes. You can purchase a replacement iPhone from the Apple Online Store, an Apple Retail Store, or your carrier’s store. Your price will depend on whether you qualify for a carrier subsidy. Some iPhone models are also available unlocked from the Apple Online Store. An unlocked iPhone requires a SIM card that you obtain directly from your supported GSM carrier.
Windows8 - September 15, 2012 at 7:46pm
This policy is to prevent scavengers to buy them in dozens and peddle them for a healthy profit in countries that Apple has not green lighted the release. After October, things should quite down and iPhone 5 should be available in unlocked version.
mercok - September 15, 2012 at 8:06pm
No i think apple too many trick for US customer!! Do you know how much price iphone unlocked in ebay right now from Canada seller? Average price is over $1000 for iphone 5 16gb. When iphone 4S release it show on apple website schedule iphone 4S will be release! But not for iphone 5 At least apple have to let customer know, when iphone 5 unlocked will be release, it's help to make price not really higher!!!
redhat0 - September 15, 2012 at 11:51am
y do u think u r superior? have a look around. ur cars are german, tax payers are asians, cloths are indian, even ur coffee is from africa. u r just anotoher dumb person who dont know about the real america. im white and i believe in only one race-- HUMAN-RACE.
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