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iPhone 5S price, release date and where to buy

Updated Everything you need to know about buying Apple's latest flagship smartphone
Fri Nov 01 2013, 15:54

APPLE UNVEILED its latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S, in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Despite speculation that the iPhone 5S would be little more than an incremental update, the handset introduces some fairly impressive new specifications. Chief among these is its new 64-bit A7 chipset, which Apple claims makes the handset up to "five times faster" than its predecessor, and ideal for mobile games.

Apple iPhone 5S front

The handset also boasts an upgraded camera, and while this still weighs in at 8MP, Apple has increased the size of the sensor, and has added a bunch of new features - such as burst mode and image stablisation - to the iPhone 5S handset. Perhaps the most talked-about new feature is the handset's Touch ID sensor, a fingerprint scanner built into the smartphone's home button.

For those eyeing up Apple's iPhone 5S, we've collated all the pricing, release date and availability updates. Keep this page bookmarked as we'll be updating this as soon as we hear more. 

Apple is of course selling the iPhone 5S directly, although it's website has clearly seen lots of demand with a delivery date for the flagship phone now showing as October. 

In terms of pricing, it's more expensive than last year's model, with the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models priced at £549, £629 and £709 respectively. Apple stores will also offer the phone on pay monthly contracts, although the firm is yet to disclose tariff pricing.

4G mobile operator EE has revealed its pricing for the iPhone 5S, and the handset is now on sale online, in store and over the phone.

EE is offering six different tariffs depending on how much data you're after, priced at £26, £31, £36, £41, £46 and £51, respectively, and offering with 500MB, 1GB, 1.5GB, 2GB, 10GB and 20GB data.

Of course, you'll first have to hand over some cash to get your hands on the phone. For those after the smallest 16GB model, these tariffs come with a £259.99, £209.99, £149.99, £99.99, £49.99 and £199.99, respectively, whereas the 32GB model will cost £349.99, £289.99, £269.99, £199.99, £149.99 or £129.99 depending on which contract you choose.

Pricing for the 64GB model is even more expensive, with EE asking £419.99, £359.99, £349.99, £279.99, £249.99 or £229.99, respectiely.

As for stock levels, EE has admitted that it has a limited number of iPhone 5S handsets, but it's unclear exactly how many it has got.

Bubbly network O2 has been quick to reveal that it too will be selling both the iPhone 5S, but it has since been revealed that the firm might not have stock until as late as November - with the network promising to ship within "three to six" weeks. This could be due to the network's delayed 4G rollout for the new iPhone, with this also set to be switched on in November. 

As for pricing, the 16GB model will start from £119.99 when picked up with a 24 month contract costing £37 per month, but that doesn't include 4G connectivity.

For LTE, you'll need to sign up to a two year long £47 per month contract instead, which comes with unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 5GB of monthly data.

Three has undercut its rivals in terms of pricing, which is likely why it has promptly sold out of the gold and silver models - which wil now start shipping on 18 December. The space grey model is currently still in stock in all storage versions. 

Three is offering three different tariffs for the iPhone 5S. For those after the 16GB iPhone 5S, the handset can be picked up on a £37, £39 or £41 contract, each of which has an upfront £99 cost. All of these tariffs come with unlimited data, which sees Three substantially undercutting its rival networks.

For those after the 32GB model, the tariffs available come in at £42, £44 and £46, each with an upfront £99 cost, while the 64GB model is available on £47, £49 and £52 contracts.

Virgin Media
Virgin Media is a bit late to the game, announcing on 1 November that it will start offering the iPhone 5S from 22 November. There's no details on pricing yet. 

Vodafone is now selling the iPhone 5S, and the handset is currently showing as in stock.

It will offer the iPhone 5S on a choice of three 4G tariffs, priced at £47, £52 and £57, respectively, and come with 6GB, 7GB and 12GB of data. It is throwing in unlimited minutes and texts, as well as free Sky Sports or Spotify Premium.

Of course, that won't get you a free iPhone 5S, with each tariff having an upfront cost for Apple's latest flagship smartphone. For those after the 16GB iPhone 5S, expect to pay £79 for Vodafone's cheapest £47 tariff, or £19 if you opt for its more expensive plans. The 32GB iPhone 5S will cost £149, £99 or £49, while the 64GB model has been priced at £229, £159 and £99. 

The handset is also available on cheaper 3G tariffs. µ 


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