It was reported that Apple’s US online store started taking orders for factory unlocked version of their iPhone 5 last Thursday. This suggests that supply of the latest handset has finally caught up demand.
Unlocked iPhone 5 costs $649 for 16 GB, while the 64 GB version is priced at $849. As posted on the company’s online store, all unlocked models are shipped after a week, similar to Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. However, each customer is only allowed to purchase two handsets maximum. As posted on the online store:
The unlocked iPhone only works on supported GSM networks, such as AT&T in the US. When you travel internationally, you can also use a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5 from a local GSM carrier. The unlocked iPhone will not work with CDMA carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint. Limit two per customer.
How Unlocked iPhone 5 Version Works
Aside from the shipping information, also posted on the website are further explanations on how the unlocked devices work. The company pointed out that users will receive all iPhone features without the need to sign a wireless contract.
It also supports any GSM network in the US, although it doesn’t support CDMA networks like those run by Verizon and Sprint. As posted on Apple’s information webpage:
It you don’t want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when travelling 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.
The news follows earlier reports that see Apple retail stores to be mostly caught up with the demand for the iPhone 5. It appears that company has finally enough supply, enabling walk-in customers to buy their iPhone 5. And now that the company was able to overcome supply issues, it is expected that their latest handset will bring in more revenues as the lucrative holiday shopping season is now in full swing.