How long before an unlocked version is sold?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Benenstein, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Benenstein macrumors regular

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    My contract isn't up for a while. Does anybody if Apple has said anything about selling the iPhone 5 without a contract?
     
  2. DMHmac macrumors member

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    If you're in Europe then they are already selling them unlocked
     
  3. Benenstein thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. mactmaster macrumors 6502

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    You can buy a locked phone and have it unlocked for $12 bucks via eBay...
     
  5. Benenstein thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can unlock it no prob, it's just buying the phone that's the problem. When I go to buy I need to have a new plan or be eligible for an upgrade; I can't do either.
     
  6. bugout macrumors 6502a

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    bought mine from the canada apple store and shipped to a friend
     
  7. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Apple hasn't officially said, but the word is that it will be in a few weeks, just like last year. If you are on AT&T (the only carrier other than T-Mobile that the unlocked version works on, anyway), you should be able to order a "no-commitment" priced phone for the full price ($649-$849). It won't be "unlocked," but you can request an unlock for it.
     
  8. Benenstein thread starter macrumors regular

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    Am I able to order a no commitment priced one now?
     
  9. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    Either this or it will probably a month from now, as it was with the 4S, for factory unlocked phones.
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Yes, but only directly from AT&T using their "no commitment" option, or from Apple only if you don't qualify for any type of upgrade discount at all.
     
  11. Balibalistic macrumors regular

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  12. silentbob007 macrumors regular

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    The problem I'm running into is ... if I wanted to buy one for a prepaid plan, I have to wait anyway since the BYOD plans don't offer nano-sims yet.
     

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