Apple is now selling unlocked versions of its iPhone 5, but they don't come cheap and aren't compatible with all major U.S. wireless networks.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Apple is now offering unlocked iPhone 5 devices via its Store.Apple.com website. Until today, the iPhone 5 was only available via wireless carriers and you had to sign a wireless contract to buy the device at a subsidized price. Now you can pay a bit more for the device and use it on whichever (compatible) network you want. Unfortunately, the unlocked devices only work on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the United States, so Verizon and/or Sprint customers are out of luck.
Here’s the official pricing, from Apple: $649 for the 16GB unlocked iPhone 5; $749 for the 32GB unlocked iPhone 5; and $849 for the unlocked 64GB iPhone 5.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.