Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s online stores contain prices of unlocked iPhone 5 units that are expected to be available later this year.
This is, of course, unofficial but according to AppleInsider, which was tipped off by an alert reader, the unlocked units that appear on the Apple store could be merely, "placeholders in Apple's database, however the prices are consistent with identical models being sold in Canada where all iPhones are unlocked."
Apple has started out mostly selling its latest iPhones as bundled offerings by tying up with network carriers, although in some countries the phones are available on their own as unlocked units.
The company is still delivering the phones which are locked with network carriers.
"While not listed anywhere else on the site, a query for "iPhone 5 factory unlocked" in the Apple.com search bar reveals "Apple Store Results" as seen above. The units are priced at $649 for the 16GB version, $749 for the 32GB model, and $849 for the 64GB iteration," AppleInsider said.
All the details are available only after searching for it on the site. For instance, the prices for the both the GSM and CDMA models of the phones can be found by adding the storage size to the search.
According to the AppleInsider report, "Currently, Apple does not offer factory unlocked versions of its latest handset in the U.S., however the CDMA version sold by Verizon was found to be compatible with the GSM networks of AT&T and T-Mobile. A subsequent report noted that the AT&T version can be unlocked to operate on T-Mobile's network via an iTunes reset and nano-SIM card replacement."