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    Unlocked iPhone 5 ?
    So right now I'm in the US but I live in Iceland. I've been looking for the unlocked iPhone 5 but I can't seem to find it. Is there any way that I could buy the iPhone 5 unlocked in the US ? I've heard something about Verizon but I went to their store and asked the about it and they told me that they didn't have it. Any ideas ? (In Iceland it's $1400)

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    Not that i know of in the US.

    Im pretty sure that they are ALL locked to a contract.

    In Australia we have unlocked but the US not so
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    I believe you can buy an unlocked iPhone 5 direct from Apple on line or at one of their stores. I'm not sure of the prices, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I believe you can buy an unlocked iPhone 5 direct from Apple on line or at one of their stores. I'm not sure of the prices, however.
    I asked them and they say that they do not currently have the factory unlocked version... Any ideas ?

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    No, sorry. Unless Apple gets them in stock, there's no other way to purchase an iPhone 5 that's unlocked.

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    Generally speaking, Apple allows the US carriers to have an "exclusive" on locked phones for a time after the release of a new model. Eventually (shouldn't be long now), Apple will start selling a factory-unlocked model (already available in many other countries, such as Canada).

    In Canada, Apple currently sells iPhone 5 units factory unlocked starting at $699 (my preferred 32GB model is $799). Translating that into Krona would equal 101,624kr. (wow!) As you say, buying an unlocked iPhone 5 in Iceland appears to cost around $1,400 (US or Canadian, we're roughly at par).

    If you could arrange with someone with a Canadian credit card to buy the iPhone 5 in Canada for you and ship it over, it would work with your carrier(s). But that's an awfully big IF.

    Otherwise you'll just have to wait until Apple US opens up for unlocked iPhone 5 sales.

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