After Consumer Pressure, Apple Will Start Selling UnLocked Phones Tonite
In response to some pretty heavy political and consumer backlash about forcing people to go with one service carrier, Apple has decided to sell unlocked phones starting tonight. The issue had even caught the attention of the White House after an online petition was sent to WhiteHouse.gov to change what consumer groups considered ‘forced servitude.’ TheUnlocked iPhone 5s could be arriving at Apple’s online store as soon as tonight at 9 p.m. PST. The same models are also expected to show up in Apple retail stores in the near future, according to 9to5 Mac.
These higher priced unlocked units will sell for $649, $749 and $849, for the 16GB, 32GB, and 65GB models, respectively. Unlocked phones aren’t attached to a specific carrier. In other words, you pay the full price for your iPhone up front and then decide which carrier you’d like to use. This choice can be changed as often as you, like depending on where you live.
Although unlocked iPhone 5s are available elsewhere, they have remained elusive here in the U.S. The iPhone 5 launched on Sept. 21.
Although Legislation was being put in place to make it illegal for people to unlock their phones manually, Apple has decided to cash in on the market share that wants the choice what carrier to go with. Other Phone Manufacturers may soon follow.