The iPhone 5 has finally been launched, and the event itself along with other announcements has been a roaring success. Perhaps one of the most surprising fact is that the iPhone 5 bears strong resemblance to the rumors and leaks that were reported, most especially with its form factor. As widely expected, the iPhone 5 has all the necessary improvements and new features to make it a true contender in the smartphone market. Despite some people airing their disappointments with respect to the new iPhone’s lack of any significant design change, many analysts are still predicting that the iPhone 5 will be the most successful handset of Apple.
During the iPhone 5 event, Tim Cook predictably announced the pricing for the newest iPhone. The iPhone 5 will be sold at a pretty standard pricing we’ve come to expect from Apple. That being said, the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models will cost $199, $299, and $399 respectively. But of course, such pricing is only for carrier subsidized units which of course comes with a two-year contract from any iPhone carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in the U.S. But what about the price of iPhone 5 that does not come with a carrier contract?
As part for the upcoming release of the iPhone 5 (which has been available for pre-order but is now sold out), Apple has updated their official website in order to list the pricing points for factory unlocked iPhone 5s in the United States. The website covers all models of the new iPhone which are the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. The pricing for a factory unlocked iPhone 5 are as follows:
Unlocked iPhone 5 Prices
- iPhone 5 16GB – $649
- iPhone 5 32GB – $749
- iPhone 5 64GB – $849
In essence, if you buy a factory unlocked iPhone, you will not be tied down to a specific carrier, which means no two-year carrier contract as well. Your iPhone will also work with just about any carrier network you choose. However, since the cost of factory unlocked iPhones isn’t subsidized by any carrier, customers will have to pay the full price, which is considered to be expensive by most standards. Carriers are subsidizing smartphones in order to make them affordable for most consumers, but of course there are still monthly fees to expect along with the fact that the device will only work for that specific carrier.
For most people, the most economical choice would be to buy an iPhone in-contract with the carrier that they are comfortable with. But of course, there are merits to buying a factory unlocked iPhone because you can use pretty much any SIM card from any carrier you want. An unlocked iPhone 5 is a good purchase for those who don’t want to have the hassle of dealing with network carriers. If you are frequently traveling abroad, an unlocked device is definitely a good investment. Just keep in mind that the iPhone 5 utilizes the all-new nano-SIM card standard which means that you will have to find a carrier that provides compatible SIM cards.
So will you be buying an unlocked iPhone 5?