updated 10:53 am EST, Mon November 5, 2012
Unlocked 5 still being withheld in US
Apple may have inadvertently revealed prices for unlocked iPhone 5s in the US, visitors to the company's website say. Searching for "iPhone 5 factory unlocked" at Apple.com officially turns up no results, but nevertheless shows models and prices in a sidebar. Costs start at $649 for 16GB, and go up to $749 for 32GB, and $849 for 64GB.
Unlike some other countries, the US still without carrier-free versions of the 5. The Verizon model is technically unlocked for GSM networks however, and the AT&T phone can be made to work on T-Mobile after an iTunes reset and replacing the nano-SIM.
Contract iPhones are typically more popular than unlocked ones due to the cheaper upfront pricetag. That may be why Apple has yet to release unlocked hardware in the US; demand for the iPhone 5 remains intense, and the company is likely doing priority management, especially as it may want to keep carrier partners happy.