While the United States was the first market to get the iPhone 5 on launch day, the devices available were locked to carriers and only available on a new two-year contract. Things have changed now, which may just encourage more sales. Although, it is expensive!
No need to look at purchasing the iPhone 5 unlocked from other countries now. The unlocked iPhone 5 devices have just hit both online and retail stores in the United States. While I doubt we’ll be seeing any extensive lines for the unlocked variant of the smartphone, there definitely will be a few consumers headed to the store today to pick up a iPhone off-contract. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 models are available, but it will cost you $649, $749 and $849, respectively. These are essentially the same prices as the iPhone 5’s predecessor, the iPhone 4S (off-contract, that is).
If you’re someone headed to the Apple store today to grab an unlocked iPhone 5, allow me to ask you this: Is it really worth it? Especially considering the fact that you can buy two 16GB Nexus 4’s at the same price as the 32GB iPhone 5? If you went with the 8GB Nexus 4 you could get almost get 3 for the same price of 64GB iPhone 5.
Are you headed to the Apple store today to pick up an iPhone 5 off-contract? You should really check out the Nexus 4 before you do that, there are a lot of users reporting that they sold their iPhone 5 to pick up a Nexus 4 simply because it saves them a boat load of money.
Regardless of the price, the iPhone 5 is a really good phone (aside from a few software issues). Spending $850 on a 64GB unlocked iPhone 5 may be worth it to you, while it may be a waste of money to someone else.