Unlocking AT&T iPhone 5 & its price?

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    I've checked many websites for the information about launching date of unlocked iPhone 5. But haven't got the satisfactory information. So, may be this site could help me.
     
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    I would be very surprised if Apple started selling unlocked iPhone 5 before the end of November. Last year it was 4 weeks. But this year they had higher demand, releases in more countries and manufacturing problems. Apple said in its quarterly report that the manufacturing "problems" felt earlier in the month are abated and supply has improved and they want to get iPhone 5 phones in to the hands of any customer who wants to buy it. I expect the huge backlog of the big 3 wireless providers will be reduced by end of November. Apple might then start selling unlocked iPhone 5 to the rest of American not using the big 3, like T_mobile, Straight talk etc.

     
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    I had waited almost 4 weeks since the iPhone 5 came out in stores for the unlocked version. With such a high demand from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint customers, I'm guessing it's still going to be a few weeks more.

    I just decided to get a Verizon iPhone 5 full price + $50 extra at Fry's Electronics.
     
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    Nobody knows.
    It hasn't been announced yet.
     
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    Unlocking AT&T iPhone 5 & its price?

    As for now, Apple isn't selling the factory unlocked iPhone 5. I've read that if you buy an iPhone 5 with contract from AT&T, sites like eBay unlock it for $10. If you do so, what would be the total price of 16gb, 32gb, 64gb variants? Will it be $199+10 for 16gb, $299+10 for 32gb & $399+10 for 64gb or different?
     
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    Well dont forget that you will need a 2 years contract! And yes apple does sell full price iphone 5, and unlocked out of the box.
     
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    Where
     
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    At Apple! If you lucky that they have some in stock just walk in and ask for a full price iphone 5. I reserved 3 iphone 5 got there told them i want them at full price and not at upgrade price! They cancel my reserved, and resell them back to me at full price.
     
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    OP....Of course it would be those prices plus the $10 for unlock. Why would it NOT be? (those are of course new 2 year contract prices)
     
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    What is new 2 year contract?(IDK cause I am from India)
     
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    Ohhhhh I see. The $199/$299/$399 price is only the contract price for a 2 year renewal here in the states. I don't know how it works in India with their carriers.
     
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    What is the full price iphone 5? Please, can you make it more clear?
     
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    $450 more than contract price (e.g. $199+$450=$649 for 16GB, etc)
     
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    16Gb starts at $649 plus tax which came out about $703 here in texas! $50 cheaper than last year when I bought the 4S on launch day full retail price at $699 plus tax which came out arund $75x and for the 4 it was the same price at $699! Previous years before for 3G/3GS were i believe $599 if i remember correctly. I buy my iphones at retail every year since the first gen!
     
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    You dont just buy an iphone for $199.
    There's a 2 year service that you have to sign up for. If you're not a US resident with social security and such they wont open an account for you.
     
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    I haven't personally checked the apple store, but I've checked their site and they do not offer it unlocked on the site...why would they offer it in-store and not online?
     
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    Buy it from someone who honestly doesn't care about their upgrade. I bought my 32gb for $600 + 3.50 unlock on ebay:)
     
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    This is true. I bought a full price iPhone and currently using it on tmobile.

     
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    Because of supply and demand! If apple was selling full retail price online you will see scalpers buying them in masses. They would not bother going to the store and check daily. It would be so much easier for them to make that money!

    Look at how Hong Kong online apple store? They have to have a lottery system, and you can't even walk in to buy one. So that sucks for local customers, and tourists.
     
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    My brother lives in Newark, DE. I've read that there is no sales tax. So, if I am gonna get my 32gb AT&T ip5 from him, will it cost me $749+10?($10 extra to unlock from eBay)
     
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    No if you buy full price there is no need for an ebay unlock!
     
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    Buying an unlocked iPhone 5

    Many people are discussing here about buying unlocked iPhone 5. (me too!) So, I just wanna ask you guys which unlocked iPhone 5 would be a good buy: Verizon or AT&T? If I have to buy either one of these, which should I prefer? Please, also mention the problems in buying unlocked AT&T or Verizon.
     
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    I believe either one will have the GSM portion (the SIM slot) unlocked, but the LTE frequency it would be of preference to you. I don't know much yet about the LTE frequencies, but I think AT&T is class 17 and Verizon class 14. Find out if both LTE bands are supported.
     
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    Which band does T-Mobile plan to support?
     
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    Tmobile does not have LTE yet. In the meantime they are transitioning from the HSPA+ 1700Mhz (non iPhone compatible) to 1900Mhz (iPhone friendly) bands. HSPA+ is not 4G LTE, but it is fast enough to get great 3G speeds.
     

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