GSM version of the SIM-free new iPhone 5S does not require carrier contract and can be used anywhere in the world
Apple Balla reports that newly released American version of the unlocked iPhone 5s is now being sold in Apple’s online store. The GSM SIM-free iPhone 5s has the same features as the regular, non-unlocked version of the iPhone 5s, except that it comes without a SIM card. The user has to purchase a SIM card separately, in the country where he intends to use his iPhone. An unlocked iPhone works on many GSM networks in many different countries and does not require any contract. This unlocked version of iPhone is very attractive to international travelers who often have one SIM card for every country they visit.
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The American version of the SIM-free model works on T-Mobile as well as AT&T without a contract. The GSM version of the iPhone 5s can be purchased with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB and is priced at $649, $749, and $849. It comes in the same colors as its regular versions – gold, silver and gray. It is already available in Apple’s online store and can be shipped in one to two weeks. The Apple’s retail stores will start selling it in the next couple of weeks.
Apple has been selling an unlocked iPhone 5s for T-Mobile with a T-Mobile SIM card for quite some time, but that version could be potentially linked to a T-Mobile account. There is also an AT&T/GSM version of the iPhone 5S, with an AT&T contract. The phone can be manually unlocked to be used with a different carrier, but that makes it the same as any locked iPhone 5s.
The unlocked iPhone 5s has been available in several countries since its launch in September.