Apple Starts Selling Unlocked, SIM-Free iPhone 5S

Apple is now selling an unlocked, SIM-free model of the iPhone 5s on its retail website. Ditch the normal two-year deal and place your order now for the carrier-free iPhone 5s, which will set you back at least $649. 2 editions of the unlocked top smartphone are available: a SIM-less design – anticipated to deliver within a couple of weeks – and an unlocked T-Mobile variant, which comes with a nano-SIM inside and should leave the factory in 3 to 5 working days.

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T-Mobile this year ditched deals and accepted the “un-carrier” approach. Without a carrier subsidy, the device sells at total shop price: $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB, and $849 for 64GB. For everybody else, the handset will run you $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB with a two-year agreement. An unlocked smartphone breaks the ties between customer and carrier. But the most recent unlocked iPhone 5s needs a GSM-compatible SIM, meaning it will focus on T-Mobile or AT&T in the U.S., but not Verizon or Sprint.

The 3 color choices – space gray, gold, and silver – are available now. Simply visit the Apple Store website, then pick to get the iPhone “unlocked and contract-free.” Apple made the same unlocked-iPhone move recently, offering the iPhone 5 with the same rate and carrier choices.

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