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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Apple to Begin Selling Unlocked iPhone 5 Models in U.S. as Soon as Later Today




9to5Mac reports that Apple is set to begin sales of unlocked iPhone 5 units to U.S. customers as soon as later today. Sales are said to begin in the company's online store, with retail stores currently receiving units ahead of an unspecified in-store launch date.
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Apple will begin selling an unlocked version of its iPhone 5 through its online store as soon as 9 PM tonight, according to our retail sources. The unlocked iPhone 5 price range will likely be $649, $749, and $849 depending on a choice of either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage.
While unlocked devices are the norm in many of Apple's markets, Apple typically restricts sales in the U.S. during an initial time period after launch to devices locked to specific carriers. For the iPhone 4S, it took less than one month for Apple to begin selling unlocked models to U.S. customers, but it has already been over two months since Apple began U.S. sales of the iPhone 5.

Apple is also said to be expanding its Personal Pickup program for the iPhone 5, allowing users to reserve a device at any time for pickup the following day rather than having to wait until 10:00 PM when the stores have closed for the day to place their reservations.

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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Finally. This is a bit later than last year's release of the unlocked 4S.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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Finally. This is a bit later than last year's release of the unlocked 4S.
It took that much longer for supply to catch up with demand. In any case, it's a good sign. Expectations for iPhone sales this quarter are huge, and they'll need all the sales they can get. I also wonder if the T-Mobile rumors are true.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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that seems like a lot of money. but if you buy it unlocked and switch to straight talk, you will save a ton of money !!!
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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'bout f'n time haha

gotta cut down my straight talk sim eek
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:45 PM   #6
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apple making *SNAPPY* decisions today
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:46 PM   #7
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What network does straight talk use?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:46 PM   #8
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What network does straight talk use?
AT&T I believe

Here's what I found (but I could be wrong)...

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The Straight Talk network is pulling from AT&T’s network, so you get full-speed access to nationwide HSPA+, unlimited calling, texting, MMS, and data for less than the cost of a far more limited plan with a post-paid carrier (as well as the convenience of never having to sign a contract). There are a few downsides to using an unofficial carrier, such as the lack of visual voicemail for those who rely heavily on that feature, but the benefits and price seem to far outweigh the downsides.
From...
http://9to5mac.com/2012/07/30/review...straight-talk/

But they also said something about Sprint, so IDK
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:47 PM   #9
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AT&T I believe


I wish it was Verizon. ATT coverage my area sucks. ATT doesn't even have 4G in my area, neither does Sprint for that matter.

Verizon has 4G in my area and it's wicked fast.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:50 PM   #10
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AT&T I believe

Here's what I found (but I could be wrong)...



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http://9to5mac.com/2012/07/30/review...straight-talk/

But they also said something about Sprint, so IDK
If's HSPA+ then why not just go with a Nexus 4 for half the money?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:50 PM   #11
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AT&T I believe

Here's what I found (but I could be wrong)...



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http://9to5mac.com/2012/07/30/review...straight-talk/

But they also said something about Sprint, so IDK
Should be ATT then cause Sprint is CDMA, and it says something about a SIM card on their website. http://www.straighttalksim.com/
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:53 PM   #12
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I bought my iPhone 5 unlocked on day 1 at the apple store

Is this news because they will be doing it online?
And for all of you that wants to know..... Yes iPhone 5 does work with Straightalk, their service is pretty good, I live in Miami and get most of the time between 4 and 6 mbs downloads and about 1mbs uploads. For $45.00 a month it's awesome!!!!!
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:47 PM   #13
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What network does straight talk use?
When you buy the sim you can choose between AT&T or T-Mobile. If you get the free phone deal to get the sim for free then it's a gamble depending on your zip code and the phone model.
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When you buy the sim you can choose between AT&T or T-Mobile. If you get the free phone deal to get the sim for free then it's a gamble depending on your zip code and the phone model.
Straight talk uses the AT&T network.

I got the AT&T sim and I'm using it with my old unlocked AT&T iPhone 4. I think the T-Mobile StraightTalk sim would have been better because a "foreign" SIM might make the APN settings show in the phone's network prefs by default. I'm not sure about that, but the APN info definitely isn't visible with the AT&T StraightTalk SIM.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:53 PM   #16
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that seems like a lot of money. but if you buy it unlocked and switch to straight talk, you will save a ton of money !!!
Straight Talk - no LTE and service is absolute crap. Been there, done that, gone back to AT&T. I pay $20 more but it works.
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 02:15 PM   #17
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Straight Talk - no LTE and service is absolute crap. Been there, done that, gone back to AT&T. I pay $20 more but it works.
Uh you realize Straight Talk is re-branded AT&T cell service provided by Walmart?

lol, nice move switching to the same provider for more money...
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Uh you realize Straight Talk is re-branded AT&T cell service provided by Walmart?

lol, nice move switching to the same provider for more money...
Straight-Talk is a subsidiary of TracFone and is an AT&T MVNO.
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Straight-Talk is a subsidiary of TracFone and is an AT&T MVNO.
End result, it's AT&T cell towers and service which is what I was implying...
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Uh you realize Straight Talk is re-branded AT&T cell service provided by Walmart?

lol, nice move switching to the same provider for more money...
Yes I do realize that, I did my research before going through all of it.

Had ATT first, then switched to Straight Talk. Straight Talk often had severe problems with their data connection making it unusable. I was essentially paying $45 for something that didn't work half the time and when it did, it would work slowly. Also, no LTE, no visual voicemail.

I rather pay $65 and have it work all the time, have LTE and visual voicemail.

Question for you - you do realize ATT cripples Straight Talk and doesn't offer their best to Straight Talk customers?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 07:41 PM   #21
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I rather pay $65 and have it work all the time, have LTE and visual voicemail.
What AT&T contract plan are you on for $65?
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 01:58 PM   #22
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that seems like a lot of money. but if you buy it unlocked and switch to straight talk, you will save a ton of money !!!
how much do you save on straight talk? x24 - $450 = ton?
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how much do you save on straight talk? x24 - $450 = ton?
thats a ton for a college student!!!
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thats a ton for a college student!!!
probly not a math major
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