Apple’s latest handset has been available for over a month, but those in the U.S. who would like an unlocked version are still waiting. But at least this group now knows what to expect to pay.
Although the iPhone 5 is always advertised as costing $200, getting that price requires a new two-year service contract. This is because carriers heavily subsidize the cost of new smartphones. Customers have a low initial cost, but actually end up paying for their devices in monthly installments.
Those who want to go contract free need to get an unlocked version of the iPhone 5, which is not yet available. Apple hasn’t yet even announced prices.
Still, a search on the company’s website for “iPhone 5 factory unlocked” apparently turns up the list of prices. The 8GB version is going to be $650, the 16GB one will be $750, and the 64GB model will be $850.
These won’t actually be available until demand for this smartphone has slowed down some and Apple can catch up with orders for units bought through carriers. Currently, it is backordered by 3-4 weeks.
Don’t miss Brighthand’s review of the Apple iPhone 5.