Even though the iPhone 5 debuted in the US market, until now those who wanted to get their hands on a SIM-free device had to order one from abroad, as the smartphone was only available through one of the carriers. That’s no longer necessary though, as Apple has just started taking orders for unlocked iPhone 5 smartphones. Of course the SIM-free device is more expensive — $649, $749 and $849 for the 16, 32 and 64 GB versions respectively. Your money will get you a GSM-only device, so it won’t work on any of the LTE networks. Notably the device costs exactly as much as the iPhone 4S did at launch. Probably in an attempt to avoid reselling, Apple will only take orders for two handsets per person. If you choose to opt for the unlocked iPhone 5, make sure to get a nano-SIM card.
iPhone 5 debuted back in September, and initially users have been reporting various problems with the device. Now though the buzz seems to have calmed down, and the smartphone has been selling pretty well. It features a new chipset designed by Apple itself — Apple A6, with two cores clocked at 1.2 GHz. The screen is relatively small by current standards at 4.0 inches, but has an impressive resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. The screen is an IPS TFT unit with LED backlight and is one of the best performers in the industry.
The iPhone 5 features a new type of connector called Lightning, which means the accessories for older devices won’t work with the new one, at least not without an adapter. The device runs on iOS 6, which is mostly great but does have a few flaws, such as the heavily criticized Apple Maps.