Apple Now Selling Unlocked GSM iPhones in the U.S.

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has begun selling unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models in the United States, some two months after it originally went on sale. This is similar to the delay that preceded sales of the unlocked iPhone 4S last year.

    The launch follows the drop of the iPhone 5's estimated shipping times to one week just a few days ago. The unlocked GSM models are available for $649/$749/$849 for the 16/32/64 GB models and also have an estimated ship time of one week. In the U.S., the unlocked models will work on both AT&T and T-Mobile.
    Article Link: Apple Now Selling Unlocked GSM iPhones in the U.S.
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    So what sort of prices does AT&T charge the customer if you bring them an already-unlocked iPhone 5?
  3. macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Hope to be purchasing one soon and cutting my straight talk SIM card.
  5. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Haven't they always been these prices?
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2012
  7. macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2012
    When will Google start selling unlocked GSM Nexus phones at these prices?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2008
    Same price as it's always been. I don't know why it would be more expensive.
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    This is why I love MACRUMORS. Two confirmed rumors in ONE WEEK!!!:D
  10. macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    Sorry, I dont know what ive been smoking. I always thought it was more expensive than that.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2003
    United States
    Wasn't there some issue where the locked AT&T iPhone 5 wouldn't work on t-mobile? Or, was that only with respect to LTE?

    I vaguely recall that you had to get the Verizon model to ever hope to use iPhone 5 on T-Mobile.
  12. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Same as if you didn't. You just don't get an ETF when you leave.

    Frankly I still say the FCC, DOJ etc need to change that. Subsidy repayment should be its own line item
  13. macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    So the article keeps referring to this as an "unlocked GSM model." Does it not carry any LTE capability at all, or is it the AT&T version sold SIM unlocked and SIM free?
  14. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    No 3G, possibly no LTE. No visual voicemail. And if you go to Apple with reception complaints don't expect to get a new phone.

    But otherwise it works

    The Verizon thing was that the SIM cards are all unlocked no matter what. So folks were buying the iPhone on a virgin line, waiting a day or two and cancelling the service but not returning the phones. And had a phone they could use on tmobile. Or doing things like upgrading a family members number that uses Verizon and then switching that line back to their old phone (great trick if you have a parent/grandparent that only wants a cheap flip)
  15. macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2012
    is it GSM Model A1428 or A1429?

    anybody know which GSM model A1428 or A1429?
  16. macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I am going to get the locksmith to cut me a key, so I can unlock my phone too. Probably will save me alot of money. How big is the keyhole on the iPhone?
  17. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Gsm and LTE are two different things.

    These are unlocked, no activation required to purchase, bring your own sim.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    It's the AT&T model sold SIM unlocked.
  19. Deanobear, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    I can't understand the situation in the US. I live in Australia, and I bought my iPhone 5 outright from Apple, as it has always been - with iPhone 3, 4, etc., you can order from the online site, it's unlocked and you put in the sim of your mobile provider of choice. What hold do US carriers have over Apple? Perhaps someone can enlighten me ... :)

    I forgot to mention we have a provider here called Amaysim - they're big in Europe too ... $39.90 (aussie dollars) for unlimited calls to land-lines, mobiles, text and 4gb of data per month, and they use one of the largest telcos here, wide coverage all over the country, why do US telcos charge so much?
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2012
    What's the big fuss about? Anyone who wanted to get a sim-lock free iPhone could have already gotten just the Verizon version.

    Not to mention the fact that this is probably the AT&T Version unlocked, which means for all the people getting abroad: No LTE (unlike the Verizon version).

    So what?
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    Amazing how you can buy an iPod Touch for a fraction of the cost of an iPhone. May as well just get an iPad and a cheap phone or iPod Touch / cheap crappy phone and have the best of both worlds


    well you can get an iPhone in US for about $100 carrier locked. The one advertised in this article is the unlocked one which is same price as Aussie.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    I know they seem to be predicting a pretty solid re-bound of the US Dollar.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    iphone 4/4S were $699 plus tax! So this is indeed cheaper!
  24. macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    I would like to know this too. My guess is that it will be A1428 because the only GSM provider in the US that it works on is AT&T and AT&T is on band 17 which is 700MHz. I wish they gave both options as A1428 will not work internationally at LTE speeds.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Well if the T-Mobile rumor turns out to be true, then the demand for unlocked iPhones within the US will drop significantly anyway. The majority of people in the US do not travel internationally very much.

    Also Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile will unlock devices for customers traveling abroad if they request it. Not sure about Sprint.

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