Apple to start selling SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the U.S. tomorrow


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As it stands right now, buying an unlocked iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in the U.S. from Apple means buying a device that’s unlocked but includes a T-Mobile SIM card in the package.

According to a new report published by 9to5Mac, and citing several unnamed sources, Apple will broaden the unlocked variants to choose from a bit, and begin selling SIM-free, unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units on Tuesday, January 6. According to the report, new iPhone buyers will be able to pick up the SIM-free devices both from Apple’s physical retail stores, as well as Apple Online.

As aforementioned, the only unlocked iPhone option at this point comes with the T-Mobile SIM in the box, or buying a device with a carrier contract bundled with the device. This move from Apple simply means that those who don’t want to use a T-Mobile SIM, or even bother with throwing one away after they open the box, will not have to. The report does not seem to indicate that there is any difference between these SIM-free unlocked models, and the one that’s currently available from Apple. (The unlocked variant with a T-Mobile SIM can also be used on supported carriers around the world, with a different SIM card.)

The pricing will be the same, with the SIM-free variant starting at $649 for the 16GB iPhone 6.

There has been a significant delay in selling unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the U.S., as Apple usually launches the unlocked version of the new iPhones in November. It probably indicates that Apple is still struggling to keep up with the demand for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Do you plan on picking one of these up?

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • Eduardo Dos Santos

    not is Apple Sim? using on iPad Air 2

    • Gautam

      No, only cellular iPad Air 2’s come with Apple SIM.

  • filthyjason

    I bought the Tmobile model but I’m using it on AT&T. Seemed dumb to me it was packaged with a SIM, but you have to open the tray to put in another carrier SIM anyway, it didn’t take long to bin the Tmo one.

  • Kdawg

    In the UK you can buy it sim free no issues

  • gaucho

    thank you

  • 8lias

    People feel better with the word “Unlock” attaches to it.

  • Paulius

    I am

  • Paulius

    I am actually still waiting to get iphone 6 64GB black from my Carrier…
    This model is still back-ordered here in Lithuania. So buying one unlocked might be a quicker although all the $ upfront option for me.