Apple is now selling iPhone 5s without the usual 2 years bondage with carriers. The gadgets manufacturer made a similar offer about a year ago for its iPhone 5. Unlocking means the device is offered without any SIM. Usually, customers enter into contract with carriers for a two year period. This mandatory requirement gives them the smartphone at much cheaper rate.
Implications of Getting the Phone Without a Carrier
Consequent to such unlocking, buyers of iPhone 5s will have to pay $649, $749, and $849 for 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB for the device. If they were buying the device with two year carrier contract, they would have paid $199, $299, and $399 for those devices.
Such unlocking is good news for AT&T, and T-Mobile, and bad news for Sprint and Verizon, because iPhone 5s can be used on T Mobile or AT&T networks within the US, but not on Verizon, or Sprint networks. This is because iPhone 5s requires an SIM that is GSM compatible.
First such shipment of iPhone 5s without any locking will be done within 2 weeks or so. Apple is also unlocking another mobile, which is a variant of T Mobile. It has a nano-SIM card in it. This variant is expected to be in the market within a week.
This move is not likely to endear Apple and its devices because $649 does pinch the pocket, especially if it is to be paid up front. With none of the other device manufacturers having opted for such moves, Apple is, in all probability, likely to lose its market share.