BY | November 30, 2012

This must be a great news to many people in USA as iPhone 5 unlocked release date has finally arrived. Its price starts at $649

American market has finally got the unlocked version of iPhone 5. The GSM only variant of the new iPhone comes SIM-free for the first time in the U.S. Since its release, the latest Apple phone has only been available via carriers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. You can now buy an unlocked variant and use a nano SIM from AT&T or T-Mobile. Users are no longer needed to fly overseas to get a SIM-free iPhone 5 now.

Unlocked iPhone 5 Price
The contract-free iPhone 5 comes pricier. Similar to its precursor, the phone comes at $649, $749 and $849 respectively for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. Well, if you are an Android lover, you will never think of spending such a huge amount to get a new iPhone. But, for iPhone admires, it is the price they are expected to spend for a SIM free iPhone 5. It is available both via the company’s brick and mortar and online stores. If you book it today, Apple can deliver it to you in a week.

Apple iPhone 5 Rivals
It will no longer be a pushover for Apple in mobile market. We have a much competitive market today. The new iPhone is facing threat not only from a set of Android phones, but a new row of Windows Phone 8 devices also. Yes, the market has Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, HTC’s One X and DROID DNA, Motorola’s new RAZR line and a lot more.

Along with these Android phones, we have at least two giant Windows Phone 8 handsets from Nokia and HTC in shelves. Called Lumia 920 and HTC 8S, the Windows Phone 8 phones also poses a threat to iPhone 5. As per reports, thanks to the success of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is slowly gaining foothold in market.

Many Apple fans have scorned at the new iPhone as it doesn’t come up to their expectations. Of course, there is a criticism against Apple that it doesn’t bring wholesome changes to its phone. “This level of hype inevitably leads to disappointment when the device finally comes to light and doesn’t quite live up to the expectations of Apple fans,” says Alastair Stevenson of V3.co.uk. Mr. Stevenson recommends customers to buy Lumia 920 over iPhone 5 for that reason.

Why an Unlocked iPhone 5
Most people don’t favor to use a handset with carrier contract and related limitations. Well, Apple, at the same time, had been selling iPhone only through carriers, first via AT&T and later via Verizon and Sprint in the U.S. In many other countries also, the Cupertino tech makers were mostly selling its flagship smartphone through cellular carriers only. But, brawling competition in market has now led the company to sell iPhone without SIM cards also.

However, high price is still a barrier. Apple sells all its products at a premium. The iPhone also has a premium pricing. As you might have come across, the new iPhone 5 SIM-free starts at a huge $649. It is when you can get a Galaxy S III and Lumia 920 for a price around $500. The latest Google Nexus phone, the LG Nexus 4’s SIM-free basic version comes for just something near $250.

Conclusion
It is the time you can get your unlocked iPhone 5. This 2012 edition of iPhone is equipped with many amazing specs and features. You have a 4-in Retina display, an advanced Apple chipset, better RAM and a lot more. So if you have $649, you can now get the basic model of iPhone 5, which is also 4G LTE compatible. Camera experience with the device, thanks to its 8MP iSight cutting edge cam, is surely awesome. You can simply use it in place of a digital camera while going out for a business trip or picnic.

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