With the in-store stock of the iPhone 5 finally leveling out, 9to5mac reports that Apple is planning to start selling unlocked models online as soon as today.
This is likely going to interest those who travel often, and want the ability to take their iPhone wherever they want. The prices of the unlocked devices are high, as is expected: carriers heavily subsidize the device, as they make up the cost over the contract time. 9to5mac reports that the price ranges are likely to be $649, $749, and $849 for either 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage, respectively. That’s obviously a high barrier for entry for many consumers.
The cheaper alternative is jailbreaking, and unlocking your device that way. Unfortunately, there isn’t a jailbreak available for the iPhone 5 (yet), so this option isn’t viable.