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?