Feeds

Unlocked iPhone 5 on sale in US, cheaper than UK - but not cheap

Cost of being British is a high one for fanbois

Boost IT visibility and business value

It has only taken three months, but from last night, Americans will now be able to buy an unlocked iPhone 5, and it will set them back $649.

Available online since last night and in physical Apple Stores from today, it's a sign that the supply pressure on the flagship phone is easing off.

Apple iPhone 5

Slim, aluminum and now without a multi-year contract

Unlocked it's pretty pricey: $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB model, and $849 for the 64GB model. But that's still a whole lot cheaper than unlocked models in the UK, which start at £529 for 16GB ($848), which means buying an unlocked 64GB in the US costs roughly the same as an unlocked 16GB model in Blighty. An unlocked 64GB iPhone in the UK costs an eyewatering £699, equivalent to $1,120: the cost of being a British fanboi is a high one.

The iPhone 5 has been available in the States since October, for $199 on a minimum two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
Things are looking up in Flappy Bird sequel
'Swing Copters' offers the same gameplay but in a different direction
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.