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Search results tip US prices for unlocked iPhone 5

updated 10:53 am EST, Mon November 5, 2012

Unlocked 5 still being withheld in US

Apple may have inadvertently revealed prices for unlocked iPhone 5s in the US, visitors to the company's website say. Searching for "iPhone 5 factory unlocked" at Apple.com officially turns up no results, but nevertheless shows models and prices in a sidebar. Costs start at $649 for 16GB, and go up to $749 for 32GB, and $849 for 64GB.

Unlike some other countries, the US still without carrier-free versions of the 5. The Verizon model is technically unlocked for GSM networks however, and the AT&T phone can be made to work on T-Mobile after an iTunes reset and replacing the nano-SIM.

Contract iPhones are typically more popular than unlocked ones due to the cheaper upfront pricetag. That may be why Apple has yet to release unlocked hardware in the US; demand for the iPhone 5 remains intense, and the company is likely doing priority management, especially as it may want to keep carrier partners happy.



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  1. SierraDragon

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    Same as the 4s was when new. The iPhones are due for a either a major tech evolution or for a bit of a price drop. Or both.

    Of course when Apple's sales seem to be primarily constrained by material supplies rather than demand there is little incentive for price drops...

  1. blahblahbber

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    crApple's pricing is a bit outdated & will be increasingly difficult to compete in an emerging competitive market(s).... as time goes on, rivals collective efforts will topple a single successful product. crApple is really holding on to old schemes, and as they say: old ways fade (out of existence).

  1. thnikkaman

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    You have to be either a paid Android shill or just a flat out troll. There's no other reason for you to hang around here. Get back under the bridge with Wrenchy, please.

  1. chefpastry

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    Originally Posted by thnikkamanView Post

    You have to be either a paid Android shill or just a flat out troll. There's no other reason for you to hang around here. Get back under the bridge with Wrenchy, please.



    +1

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Apparently, this forum has no solid policy on dealing with trolls.

  1. blahblahbber

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    Yeah, truth does go in the "troll" drawer with a "no-questions-fanbase"....

    Stages of Truth: First stage is ridicule... Second stage is Violence.... Third stage is acceptance.

    Typical responses from typical members.

  1. chefpastry

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    @ blahblahbber:

    Judging by Apple's record profits quarter after quarter, I don't see how Apple's pricing "outdated". Apple is also growing exponentially in emerging markets so I really don't know what you are talking about. What old schemes are you talking about? Other than Samsung, it seems to me everyone else is having difficulty making any money off of Droidtards like you.

    The truth is, you are an uninformed troll who is obviously part of the Droidtard "no-question-fanbase".

    Typical moronic postings from a stupid Droidtard.

  1. blahblahbber

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    Originally Posted by chefpastryView Post

    @ blahblahbber:
    Judging by Apple's record profits quarter after quarter, I don't see how Apple's pricing "outdated". Apple is also growing exponentially in emerging markets so I really don't know what you are talking about. What old schemes are you talking about? Other than Samsung, it seems to me everyone else is having difficulty making any money off of Droidtards like you.
    The truth is, you are an uninformed troll who is obviously part of the Droidtard "no-question-fanbase".
    Typical moronic postings from a stupid Droidtard.

    Typical member, "judging by records profits..." Save face. Check yourself.

    Also your assumptions are a no no. You are quick to shoot, and quick to lose.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by blahblahbberView Post

    Yeah, truth does go in the "troll" drawer with a "no-questions-fanbase"....



    Calling you what you are puts me in the "no-questions-fanbase"….

    Rock on.

  1. chefpastry

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    Originally Posted by blahblahbberView Post

    Typical member, "judging by records profits..." Save face. Check yourself.
    Also your assumptions are a no no. You are quick to shoot, and quick to lose.



    Um... I think you are the one who should check. I made no assumptions. I just stated facts. Looks like you are the one who's quick to lose.

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