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iPhone 5c pre-orders open via Apple, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint
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Sep 13, 2013, 06:12 AM
Pre-orders have commenced for the multi-colored iPhone 5c through Apple's online store, with the four major US carriers also offering it at the same time. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile are all selling the new smartphone, with customers in ten other countries also able to pre-order the iPhone 5c before its September 20th shipping date.

The iPhone 5c is priced at $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB when bought on a two-year wireless service plan, both from Apple's store directly and via AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. The unlocked and contract-free version costs $549 and $649 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively, though T-Mobile also offers the 16GB device under its monthly payment plan for no up-front cost and 24 payments of $22, or alternatively the 32GB version for $99 up-front and $22.91 for 24 months.

Yesterday, RadioShack revealed it is accepting iPhone trade-ins towards the cost of a new iPhone, as well as other contract phone brands, offering up to $250 in credit. Walmart stores will be selling the iPhone 5s at a discount, charging $79 for the 16GB 5c on a two-year contract, though this will require visiting a store to sign up.

The iPhone 5s, announced at the same time as the 5c, will also ship on September 20th, but will not be available to pre-order.
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Sep 13, 2013, 10:25 AM
What I want to know is that, with all these businesses buying used iPhones, who is going to be selling them to the public, particularly fully unlocked, carrier-independent versions.

Buying a locked phone is a bit like buying a car that can only use gas from one company.
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Most people don't routinely change carriers in the course of two years -- and sadly most Americans rarely travel outside the US, providing even less incentive for an unlocked iPhone. But for those who do need that, most of the US carriers now unlock the iPhone for you if you've been a customer in good standing for 90 days or six months, depending on the carrier (usually with some small fee attached).
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