Although the iPhone 5s has now been around for two months, those looking to grab the SIM-free GSM smartphone online in the US haven’t been able to. But now, the official online Apple Store is playing ball, with shipping in the United States currently showing at 1-2 weeks from the point of sale, so realistically, you could have yours by the end of the month.
Owning a SIM-free GSM iPhone 5s is useful to those who travel often, since one can readily slip in a local SIM when travelling the world and take advantage of cheaper call, text and data costs for the duration of their trip.
The 16GB version of the newly-released flagship handset will set you back $649, the 32GB costs $749, and the costliest model is the 64GB variant, for which you will need to pony up $849.
GSM is the standard in Europe, so if you frequent this territory, the GSM model is definitely for you. Moreover, it will work in the US with the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile, so you needn’t worry about encountering any issues whilst at home.
The iPhone 5s has been the most popular iPhone so far in terms of early sales figures, bringing a whole bunch of exciting new features to the table. As well as the customary bump in processor (64-bit A7 with M7 motion coprocessor), there’s also the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, allowing the lock screen to be bypassed in a very seamless manner.
The introduction of the gold model has been the biggest winner for Apple, with the new variant serving as the main talking point ever since the announcement back in September. Consumers have been flocking to get hold of the very first gold iPhone, and as such, it’s still fairly hard to find, leaving those wanting the shiny hue subject to lengthy waits in some places.
So, there you have it. If you’ve been waiting on that unlocked GSM iPhone 5s, be sure to head over to Apple’s webpage, at which point you will be able to place your order. Although the shipping times probably won’t be pushed up as other iPhone 5s fans head over to secure their unit, it’s advised that you get in quickly to avoid any further delay.