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The price of the unlocked iPhone 5 has been announced for certain areas of the world.
The smartphone will be available unlocked with Global 4G LTE support and with 3G HSPA+ support. The official prices for the unlocked version are as follows.
The SIM-Free 16GB version will retail at £529 in the U.K. Pre-orders for the unlocked model will start on Sept. 14 and it will be shipped in October.
The European unlocked model will cost €679 with pre-orders starting Sept. 14. It will be shipped in October as well.
The U.S. unlocked iPhone 5 will be released on Sept. 21 with pre-orders beginning Sept. 14. The 16GB model will retail for $849, 32GB for $949, and the price for the 64GB model has not yet been announced.
All the unlocked models should be available directly through Apple's online store once pre-orders begin.
The iPhone 5 was unveiled by Apple yesterday and on-contract prices will be the same as they are for the iPhone 4S. The 16GB will cost $199, the 32GB will be $299, and the 64GB will run $399.
The device will be available on most of the major U.S. carriers including AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. T-Mobile will not be receiving the iPhone 5, but the unlocked model may work on the carrier.
The new iPhone uses a nano-SIM card as opposed to the iPhone 4S which uses a micro-SIM. Old SIMs will not be compatible with the new hardware.
Specifications on the iPhone 5 include a taller 4-inch display, a new two-tone design, iOS 6, an updated version of Siri, an A6 chip, and 4G LTE.
The new Apple device is sure to shake things up this year altering the landscape of the smartphone market which is currently dominated by Samsung's Galaxy Note and S3.