Anyone else surprised there wasn't an unlocked iPhone 5 announced this time?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by meder87, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. meder87 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2010
    It was done for the 4S but not the 5. Although the 5 uses LTE, wouldn't the hardware used in the 4S to make it a world phone also make the 5 a world phone? Maybe I don't fully understand the technologies. If there isn't one coming now, I assume the 5S will get the unlocked version. I apologize if this has been discussed before. Couldn't find anything about it and someone else's thread about not being able to really use 5 over seas useless.If there isn't LTE in the area, wouldn't it revert back to 3G speeds or 4G.
  2. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Likely had to do with supply and demand. All the major carriers worldwide got an allocated stock. 90% of buyers will be buying through a contract but you can still expect unlocked versions to be released within the next 1-2 weeks.

    And yes, it is still a world phone and you wont need to wait for a 5S.
  3. southfrisco macrumors member

    May 24, 2009
  4. jdblas69 macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2012
    On the Canadian apple store unlocked is the only option you have to purchase, Iam not sure if you will be allowed to buy unlocked at the retail store though

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