Apple has now started offering the unlocked version of the new iPhone 5 in the US, this is the GSM model, and prices start at $649 for the 16GB model, if you want the 32GB model this will set you back $749 and the 64GB model is available for $849.
These unlocked GSM models will work with T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, and you will not need to take out a new contract with the carries to use the device on their network.
The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment. You can activate and use iPhone on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States. The unlocked iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
If you don’t want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It does not come with a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5, so you’ll need to get one from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.
You can find out more information about the unlocked GSM iPhone 5 over at Apple.
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