With the iPhone 5 expected to land at retail locations and customer homes on September 19, the team at Apple has announced pricing for the unlocked version of the sure to be best selling smartphone.
While Apple has not yet announced a US release date for the iPhone 5 unlocked version, the company has finally revealed pricing. Customers can expect to pay $649 for the baseline 16GB version, $749 for a 32GB model, and $849 for the 65GB units.
If you live in Canada, the prices are slightly higher at 699, $799, and $899 respectively. The price increase in Canada comes at a time when the Canadian dollar is pretty much on par with the American dollar.
An Apple rep speaking to TechCrunch claims that the unlocked version of the iPhone 5 will not be available for at least several weeks from the time of the locked versions release, a pattern Apple also followed with the iPhone 4S.
By delaying the unlocked version of the iPhone, wireless carriers will have a slight advantage over T-Mobile and other smaller regional carriers who do not have direct access to carrier specific iPhone 5 based smartphones. In some cases, larger carriers have even begun offering small discounts on the new devices to entice customer loyalty.
With Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) support, WiFi 802.11n compatibility, new maps, better Facebook integration, and various other new features, the iPhone 5 unlocked version is sure to be a hit, that is, the moment it finally arrives state side.
Will you pick up an unlocked iPhone 5 instead of a carrier tied device?