SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now available in the U.S.


iPhone 6

As expected, Apple has started selling unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on its U.S. online store.

The unlocked, SIM-free versions cost the same as the unsubsidized iPhone models. So the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 models cost $649, $749 and $849 respectively. Similarly, the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 Plus models cost $749, $849 and $949 respectively.

SIM free unlocked iPhone

When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models went on sale in the U.S. in September, the only unlocked iPhone option came with the T-Mobile SIM in the box, or one had to buy an iPhone with a carrier contract bundled with the device.

There has been a significant delay in selling the unlocked, SIM free versions of  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.

All the unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models are ready to ship in 3-5 business days.

If you have been waiting for the unlocked, SIM-free versions of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, then head over to Apple’s online store now.

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  • Mystic

    isn’t the T-mobile version essentially an unlocked iPhone as well? At least thats what we had imported as we waited for the official launch and it works well with local SIMs…

    • Gautam

      It is essentially the same, just that the T-mobile version comes with the T-Mobile SIM.

      • iPhone 6 Plus Rocks

        Actually there is a fineprint on the website that the sim-free phones model is the Sprint Model A1586 (iPhone 6) and A1524 (6 Plus). So It has the additional band.

        • Gautam

          Thanks for pointing it out! I’ll update the post.

      • iPhone 6 Plus Rocks

        Purchasing an unlocked iPhone means you will not qualify for the lower iPhone price associated with a contract or a carrier installment plan. The unlocked iPhone 6 model is A1586. The unlocked iPhone 6 Plus model is A1524. The T-Mobile iPhone 6 model is A1549. The T-Mobile iPhone 6 Plus model is A1522. For details on LTE network support, please see http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE.

        • Mystic

          True but some of us who reside outside the US don’t get carrier subsidized iPhones, so the unlocked version is the only option. Coupled with the delayed launch, some of us opt to import the T-Mobile version which works pretty well with our local carriers. Only thing is to throw away the sim 🙂

  • jstimson

    Is the US the only country that had to wait? I bought my unlocked 6+ from Apple Canada on launch day.

    • Gautam

      Yeah, it’s strange but US is one of the only countries I know where the launch of the SIM free unlocked iPhone is delayed, probably due to some deal with carriers.

  • ragumaster

    People this is awesome reason why is when you get the T-Mobile “unlocked” It wont work with Verizon to activate a line with them I got the T-Mobile “unlocked” I went to get Verizon and they told me that phone wont register with them( If i had Verizon already it will work this is for 1st time activation) So I went to the apple store and they exchange me to a “unlocked” Verizon phone and bam it worked I put in my T-mobile and Verizon sim and I was able to activate the iPhone with Verizon with no problems. So my guess is this true unlocked phone you wont have the hassle of going threw all that if you are new to Verizon.

    • Kraken

      Verizon uses a different type of network and frequency band from AT&T and Tmobile. You ended up with a pretty different phone in the end.

  • Unlocked

    3-5 Business days really? I just ordered a sim-free 6 Plus (Sprint; Model A1524), today and it already shipped. I will be getting mine tomorrow 😉