When will unlocked iPhone 5 be sold?

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  1. hello12 macrumors regular

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    I know its being sold in Canada... But its not being sold in the United States yet. Anyone have any idea how long it will be before apple will release the factory unlocked version in the US?:confused:
     
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  4. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    Or just buy the AT&T version from an Apple Store as device only and it is already unlocked. It is the exact version the unlocked version will be sold as.
     
  5. auero macrumors 65816

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    Search. AT&T models are unlocked at retail price and so are verizon.
     
  6. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    or verizon. it has more LTE bands. just doesnt have att 4 and 17
     
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    Isn't the Verizon version unlocked? I thought that was the big deal around the blogosphere yesterday.
     
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    Ryan Block just that he bought his iPhone device-only and it wasn't unlocked, so maybe that isn't the case?
     
  9. iExpensive macrumors 6502

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    This is my main question. Which one is the most universal?
     
  10. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    statistically verizon. it has more bands of LTE, but realistically im not sure what bands most overseas carries use
     
  11. iExpensive macrumors 6502

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    So it's safe to say with Verizon I will be able to connect to any US network and most international?
     
  12. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    He didn't plug it into iTunes and do a restore. Once you do that it will be unlocked.
     
  13. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    im not sure, i dont know much about other carriers..

    i know it wont work with LTE for att and im pretty sure T-Mobile is going to be on the same bands as att.
     
  14. RNVarma macrumors regular

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    He may have bought it unsubsidized, but if Apple associated an AT&T account with his iPhone, it may have remained locked.

    When I bought my 4S last year on the second day of availability, I made sure to mention device-only and was careful not to give out any account information or phone number information. It was a little easier for me, though, simply because I was already on T-Mobile and hasn't had an AT&T account anyways.
     
  15. hello12 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone know when the 4s was available factory unlocked? Maybe that will give a good estimate as to when the iphone 5 factory unlocked will be available in stores?..
     
  16. IO01 macrumors member

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    2011-11-11

    And it was released in the US on 2011-10-14, I believe.
     
  17. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    All international, but only HSPA+ in the US, unless you're actually going to use it on Verizon.
     
  18. hello12 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Im just frustrated that they dont release it unlocked from the start... I mean they are just losing out on potential customers...
     

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