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If you are looking to pick up an unlocked iPhone 5, it might be a little tough - or pricey - at the moment. After reports have come out that AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint retail stores are essentially sold out, it looks like prices are getting jacked up via third-party retailers.
The unlocked iPhone 5 has a suggested retail price of $649 for the 16GB model, $749 for the 32GB model, and $849 for the 64GB version. But finding one at that price will be hard due to limited supplies at the moment.
If you're still hungry for an unlocked iPhone 5, reports are stating that a 32GB model can run around $1060, and that a 64GB model is around $1200. Website PopHerald states that a source who has requested anonymity says that the black 64GB model is the most sought after, so opting for a white 64GB iPhone 5 might increase your luck in landing your hands on one.
Verizon's iPhone 5 tops the list in terms of popularity due to the fact that it comes unlocked out of the box. Website CNET confirmed with a Verizon representative that the iPhone 5 is GSM unlocked and will stay that way. Reports have shown that one can use the Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T and T-Mobile networks.
AT&T's iPhone 5 can apparently be unlocked via Apple's iTunes store, and that it can be used on T-Mobile's network.
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Bear in mind that using the iPhone 5 on different networks will result in different speeds and coverage, especially when it comes to 4G LTE.
The 4G LTE Apple iPhone 5 sports a larger 4-inch Retina display than its predecessors. It's dual-core A6 chip runs iOS 6, Apple's latest mobile operating system that features an improved Siri, Facebook integration, and the much-hated Apple Maps. The handset also features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for FaceTime HD.