Apple released ‘biggest’ iPhone yet on September 12 and the pre-orders for iPhone 5 just started to buy it under a contract from official carriers. iPhone 5 will be shipped with iOS 6 which will have these 200+ features.

The biggest question is – Why is factory unlocked iPhone 5 not available yet on Apple Store? and how much is its price? The answer is – we might have to wait for another 2-3 weeks before (or may be less) to see Apple selling factory unlocked iPhone 5 online.

I really kinda don’t like this policy where they hold buyers to wait for unnecessary reasons. Wonder, why pre-ordering an unlocked iPhone is not possible right away! It’s about time that Apple rethink about it! Isn’t it?

Apple iPhone 5 (Black)

Apple might put up similar price tag on iPhone 5, which they did for unlocked iPhone 4S.

See Expected Prices

iPhone 5 Model Black & Slate White & Silver
16 GB $649 $649
32 GB $749 $749
64 GB $849 $849

Factory Unlocked iPhone 5 will only be available to buy online from & within United States. All other countries including India will have to wait a lot longer to get it.

Many readers are asking me, how can they get unlocked iPhone 5 in India? As I said, it’s not going to be quick & easy. Once, Apple decides to sell it online – you will have to request your friends from United States to buy it for you & send it to you through a common friend or a relative.

What would be other options to buy factory unlocked iPhone 5 online? I will update this page – so don’t forget to bookmark it – as soon as, multiple options to buy iPhone 5 are available.

Update: iPhone 5 Price & Availability in India

iPhone 5 is expected to launch in India on October 26, 2012 & the price would be approx. Rs. 50,000. Vodafone,  Aircel and Airtel have reportedly placed orders for Nano-SIM cards for iPhone 5. I am expecting iPhone 5 sold in India to be a factory unlocked handset however, if you’re not going to buy it as part of a bundle from your carrier, you might have to pay extra money upfront to waive-off the talk-time offer.

Update: Factory Unlocked iPhone 5 now available in US Apple Store

Well, the wait is now over. Apple Store is now all ready for this year’s holiday season & for that, they have made available the most-awaited factory unlocked version of iPhone 5. Prices are same as I mentioned earlier in table above.

Factory Unlocked iPhone 5 now available in US Apple Store

So, which one are you buying? 🙂

Stay tuned and ask your questions through comments.

Happy iPhone 5 🙂


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