Buying phones through a carrier has undoubtedly many advantages, the biggest of which is the subsidy that lets you get the device at way cheaper price. However, there are some drawbacks too. For example, in order to buy the phone at subsidized price, the carrier requires you to sign a contract, usually for two years in the US. If you are familiar with how often new models are released, you know that two years feels like a entire century. For instance, Apple launches new iPhones each year, so it would be a shame if you had to wait twice that long to upgrade your device.
Apple iPhone 5S unlocked and contract free
Luckily now the iPhone 5S, which is one of the hottest phone of the last months, is available in the US unlocked and without contract through the Apple Store. The most basic model with 16 GB of storage costs $649. Apple is also selling 32 GB and 64 GB versions for $749 and $849, respectively.
There is no restriction as of the color, so you can have your iPhone 5S in space grey, gold or silver. The phone should arrive at your doorstep within 1 and 2 weeks. If you prefer to grab your handset from Apple brick and mortar store, it will be possible in the weeks to come.
Along with contract free option, the huge advantage of the unlocked iPhone 5S is that the device can be used globally. Thanks for the quad-band compatibility you can take it with you on a trip abroad and still be able to use with no problem. Of course, the device is compatible only with GSM carriers. For instance, the GSM carriers in the US include AT&T, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Net10, meaning that in order to use your unlocked iPhone 5S you will have to purchase a nano-SIM card from one of these carriers.