Apple has revealed the prices for its unlocked iPhone 5 variations, a day that also marks the beginning of preorders, as detailed in our earlier articles. The unlocked iPhone 5 will cost you $649 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB model will be available for $749. The most expensive model, the 64GB will require you to part with $849, for an unlocked iPhone 5. In Canada, the device will go for $699, the 16GB, $799, the 32 GB, and $899 for the 64GB.
However, it is not clear yet when consumers can get hold of the devices, as the company has yet to reveal the schedule for that. Nonetheless, this comes as no surprise for Apple’s iPhone lovers, as the same happened to the iPhone 4s. Actually, the unlocked iPhone 4s was never available for consumers until November 2011, almost a month later.
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While the new iPhone 5 is expected to start retailing in a week’s time, this will only be for the carrier contracted iPhone 5s, and the consumers could actually have to wait for several weeks before they can finally get access to the unlocked devices.
Notably, as detailed in our previous articles, Japan and Hong Kong are shortlisted countries for the original launch, however, there seems to be twists and turns which never cease to surprise. The Japanese, as well as the Hong Kong consumers will have to wait a little bit longer, at least 7 days, as they will be able to preorder the contracted devices that range from $199, to $399 each, in September, along with the rest of the world. Currently preorders are available in US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK.
iPhone 5s LTE ability has triggered this years iPhone launch to new heights, as contracted partners can offer the device on their 4G networks. The main companies contracted by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) include, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), and Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S), based in Canada, the U.S., and Japan’s KDDI, as covered in our earlier article.
Also, iPhone 5 will now be available from 5 other carriers in Canada, including KT, T-Mobile Germany, and more in Asia, SK Telecom Co. Ltd (NYSE:SKM), and Everything Everywhere in the UK.