It has only been a couple of days since Apple announced iPhone 5. Already the excitement for the release of this product is building up. Apple will begin shipping iPhone 5 to customers in select countries from September 21. If you prefer not having a carrier locked iPhone, you can always dish out more money and get an official factory unlocked iPhone. Today Apple has announced the factory unlocked iPhone 5 prices for USA.
It was on September 12 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco when Apple finally unveiled its sixth generation iPhone. The new iPhone drew some mixed responses with some criticizing the device for being too evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Nevertheless we know that Apple will sell countless iPhone 5 units around the world regardless of whatever they end up doing to it. Price is obviously an important factor and not everyone is a fan of mobile carrier subsidized plans that come with a two year contract.
Apple has retained previous price points for this device meaning that an iPhone 5 with two year contract on AT&T, Verizon or Sprint would cost you $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB. Mobile carriers subsidize these plans and while you don’t have to put up too much money upfront, you are locked to that particular carrier for two years. Factory unlocked iPhones are the alternative which allow you to use any carrier you wish, anywhere in the world. Its a great option for those who travel a lot with their iPhones, because having an iPhone abroad locked to AT&T or any other network is just a pain in the sitter.
This freedom, for lack of a better word, does come with a hefty price. Official factory unlocked iPhone 5 prices in USA are as follows: $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB and $849 for 64GB iPhone 5 in either black or white. Be that as it may there has always been a substantial market for factory unlocked iPhones primarily because they offer more convenience then carrier locked iPhones apart from the fact that you’re not stuck with an iPhone on contract for two years.
The future of iPhone 5 in this market certainly looks good. Apple has now ceased taking pre-orders for the device. Pre-orders were started today but all units available were sold in just under one hour. Judging by this, regardless of the fact that iPhone 5 is not revolutionary, it is safe to say that Apple will definitely make some big green lines on its balance sheets due to the iPhone 5.