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Apple Now Selling Unlocked SIM-Free iPhone 5s for $649 in U.S.

by Jacob Kleinman | November 22, 2013November 22, 2013 1:30 pm PST

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Earlier today, Apple started selling an unlocked and SIM-free version of the iPhone 5s through its online store. The unlocked device is available in the U.S., compatible with GSM SIM cards, and starts at $649 for the 16GB model—the same price as T-Mobile’s contract-free version.

The biggest reason to buy an unlocked iPhone 5s is the ability to use it around the world. Instead of being tied to a single carrier, the device will work on any GSM network across the globe, though you’ll have to pick up your own SIM card. If you’re in a rush, the T-Mobile version will ship in just 3-5 business days—compared to 1-2 weeks for the unlocked phone—and the “UnCarrier” also offers free data and texting around the world for its U.S. subscribers.

As a quick refresher, the iPhone 5s comes equipped with a 4-inch 1136 x 640-pixel Retina display, an A7 64-bit processor, an M7 motion co-processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a built-in fingerprint scanner. It runs iOS 7 out of the box and comes in gray, gold and silver models.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...