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Apple will begin selling fully unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the United States this week, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Citing sources familiar with the launch, the site’s Mark Gurman says that the unlocked iPhones will be available starting January 6th via Apple’s online and retail stores.

Currently, Apple sells its new iPhone models in the US configured for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile (which is unlocked). A SIM-free option would mean that customers would be able to choose their own carrier, without having to worry about incompatibilities or restrictions, and use the handset overseas.

Pricing for the unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus should be similar to past models, with the 16GB version starting at $649.

[9to5Mac]

  • Disasterpiece

    I would normally be sooooo excited BUT Swappa (and strangely Craigslist) have really good offers which undercut Apple by a decent amount.

  • 9to5Slavery

    So.. Unlocked then registered to Sprint and get network locked? Or domestic locked? …

    • Rowan09

      Usually unlocked means GSM so Sprint would not be included.

  • Jonathan

    So, if I buy an iPhone through T-Mobile (unlocked of course) that means I can use T-Mobile’s, Verizon’s, and AT&T’s coverage all at once?

    • Buzz { Light:Year; }

      No you can choose urnetwork when u activate your phone at a store

      • Guest

        does it get locked to that one network when you 1st activate it?

      • blu

        no. You can switch sims at anytime between carriers.

    • Not all at once but yes, You can use any carrier. I tried the other day with an unlocked t-mobile phone with a verizon sim and had not issues..

      • Rowan09

        Really a t-mobile phone works on Verizon’s network. Did Verizon switch to GSM?

      • Vince Reedy

        The iPhone has the GSM and CDMA radios included. Carriers lock phones with software to their network. With this, it is not locked to a carrier so whatever sim you install will work.

      • Rowan09

        I just checked and the GSM unlocked Version doesn’t have the CDMA Ev-do REV A and B bands. The only difference is the Verizon model is truly considered a world phone because it has these bands plus all the GSM bands.

      • Yes I unlocked a T-mobile iPhone 6, the 5S and 5 must of had some internal lock that did inhibited this. As I stated above I inserted the Verizon SIM and it just worked..

      • Rowan09

        Oh nice.

      • Jonathan

        But, this is Sim-free, so wouldn’t that mean no sim slot? Probably a dumb question.

      • Rowan09

        No it just means no sim included. When I bought my t-mobile version which is factory unlocked, it came with a t-mobile sim. All iPhones since the 4S has a sim slot.

    • Emmanuel

      Verizon will have a hissy fit when you try to activate a foreign device on their network, but AT&T will accept it no problem. If you’re going to buy an unsubsidised iPhone I’d recommend buying it Verizon-branded, especially if you want VoLTE. It’s still unlocked.

      • Jonathan

        Thanks. One last question. Me and my family are on Verizon, and a family member is leaving the country for a couple weeks. What would you recommend to do? Can he take his basic phone or does he need a smartphone?

      • Emmanuel

        He won’t be able to use his basic phone since it’s CDMA-only and most of the world uses GSM, therefore no roaming agreements. There wouldn’t be a SIM to swap out either. Any unlocked GSM phone will do.

      • Jonathan

        Thanks. 🙂 Will share.

  • Andrieux Querido

    But the one u buy on Apple unlocked with T mobile SIM, works with ANY SIM already. What’s the difference ?

    • Rowan09

      They don’t give you a sim. It’s the same exact thing.

      • A’s Network

        I thought that the T-Mobile iPhone 6 was different than the official factory unlocked version because the unlocked version is compatible with more bands but the T-Mo version can use more AWS LTE bands. Or maybe I have it wrong and I am thinking about the iPhone 5 lolol

      • Rowan09

        No they work on the same bands.

  • Cody

    If the SIM-Free includes Verizon (CDMA) bands as well, then it is an awesome thing and i would probably buy it as the resale value is higher.
    But if what they will do is just not include the T-Mobile SIM card then it’s totally useless.

    • Emmanuel

      Verizon will give you quite a hassle activating if you have a non-Verizon branded device. They’ll check your device MEID. I had such a problem with my T-Mobile iPad Air.

  • Heath

    If I remember correctly, they did this sim-free thing with the new iPads and there was an article about how you cannot move from carrier to carrier as freely as you would think. For instance, if you select AT&T the sim becomes locked to that carrier and you have to get another sim to switch. Of course T-Mobile was playing ball and would not lock your sim. Not sure about the others.

    Can someone correct me if I’m wrong?

    • Rowan09

      With unlocked phones you can do whatever you please. The Apple Sim you are making reference to is different. AT&T didn’t want to follow t-mobile and allow people to switch to whatever carrier with one sim.

    • ck125

      That was with the Apple sim, not a regular sim

  • john diaz

    Good thing i got my T-Mobile iPhone straight from the apple store.

  • Daniel

    why doesn’t my touch id button/ring look like the iPhones in the article?

    • have_gun_will_travel

      Because you aren’t holding it at a slant so the light will reflect on it…

  • Diego Milano

    That’s weird- I know of someone who has sold several unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus months ago.

  • MICKEYBLACKEYES

    I’m so confused when i read t-mobile iphones were unlocked. I got my iphone 6 from the t-mobile phone. So does that mean i could just pop in a different sim and it would automatically work? And i could also use this phone in asia or europe?

  • Fernando

    Can someone clear up some confusion for me? Does this mean I can buy an iPhone 6 from the apple store without actually activating it in store with a company? Can I do this currently with the unlocked tmobile version already? My plan is to connect it to PagePlus so do I need to buy the Verizon variant of the iPhone? Thanks.

    • Justin Rowe

      If it’s like what we have in the UK when we buy SIM free iPhones from Apple then yes you can use any SIM card when ever you like.
      I always buy my phones SIM free as it makes it easier to sell on when then next iPhone model is released.

  • mike

    Correct me if I’m wrong, SIM-free phones, or “unlocked,” are only compatible with CDMA carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile. GSM SIM-cards, being Sprint and Verizon are not known, (to my knowledge), to be compatible with an unlocked phone.

  • ClaudieX X

    So.. i don’t understand… a friend of mine bought one iphone 6 unlocked from the apple store of new york a couple of weeks ago… and another friend just bought one from Mexico apple store 2 days ago… so how they already bought them if Apple IS GOING to start selling them this week ???

    • Emmanuel

      This comes *without* a SIM card, hence it’s SIM-free. Any iPhone 6 or 6 Plus you buy unsubsidised aside from Sprint is unlocked even if it comes with a SIM.

      • ClaudieX X

        but those phones I told… were also without sim card…

  • Razick Rilshad

    Can any one help me in Apple store t-mobile unlocked version can use out side of the United States?

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    they have been selling unlocked iphone 6 and 6+ since release as T-mobile contract-free, and in stores as “no contract”, it’s weird the fact that they still can’t announce it.