Apple's "Secret" eBay Store Offering Unlocked GSM iPhone 5

As discovered by AppleInsider, Apple appears to be using an eBay storefront to help move inventory of factory-refurbished, unlocked, GSM iPhone 5 models with a one-year warranty. AppleInsider refers to it as a "secret" outlet, since there's no indication that it's an official Apple store. 

But they conclude it must be, given that the devices are factory-refurbished and offer the same Apple-Certified warranty as Apple does on its website. Their initial inventory last week quickly sold out. Then on Friday they were offering a single model. Over the weekend they added five more models. All of them are GSM (for use with AT&T and T-Mobile networks). The prices range from $449 for a 16GB phone to $499 for 64GB.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.