apple unlock iphone 6

As expected, Apple has begun offering SIM-free models of its new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets in the United States this morning. The company unveiled the two devices in early September, and launched carrier versions of them later that month for Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Pricing for the new unlocked iPhones falls in line with Apple’s past behaviors, with the 16GB model of the iPhone 6 starting at $649 and each storage tier jump adding an additional $100. The larger iPhone 6 Plus also adds $100 for each tier, so the 128GB model will cost you $949.

On its web store, Apple touts the benefits of buying a SIM-free iPhone, saying that it’s for “those who don’t want a multiyear service contract, or who prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad.” The unlocked iPhone 6 model is A1586, and the unlocked iPhone 6 Plus model is A1524.

Apple launched the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September of last year with larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, slimmer casings and other improvements. The handsets have been wildly popular thus far, with supply only just now—3 months later—beginning to catch up to consumer demand.

  • Burge

    I do hope Apple going to tell people the difference between sim free devices and unlocked device when they sell these.

    Sim free locks to the carrier of the first sim that is put in to the device.

    Unlocked doesn’t lock to any carrier ever.

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    • Jussy

      I don’t think thats true

      • Burge

        Believe what you want.

        The Car Phone Warehouse in the UK sells sim free devices. These devices lock to the first carrier that the first SIM card put in them is from. I know this because I have to explain this to many people.

        The people who buy these think that they are unlocked and start to complain to the network until you tell them the diffence

        Sim free is not unlocked.

      • Cody

        No. Sim-Free doesn’t mean the phone will get locked. I have bought SIM free iPhones for the last two years (iPhone 5 & 5S) and none of them got locked to ATT and I was able to swap SIM cards with T-Mobile at anytime.
        The big difference here is that, me buying the T-Mobile version one will actually lock me into American LTE bands which most of them aren’t used in the Middle East, China, etc.
        by Apple offering a Sim-Free device it means that you will be able to buy your phone here in the States and bring it with you anywhere you want knowing that you won’t have any issues with connectivity.
        If your carrier in the UK, Middle East or wherever you are blocks the phone right after you activate it, that is another story and Apple isn’t responsible for that.

      • ali_plus

        I will quote the statement from the Apple website and than correct me if I am wrong:

        “The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment or a carrier installment plan. You can activate and use the unlocked iPhone on the supported wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States.

        If you don’t want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. If you choose T-Mobile, your iPhone comes with a T-Mobile SIM card already installed. You will need to contact T-Mobile or visit an Apple Retail Store to activate your iPhone.

        Otherwise, the unlocked iPhone does not come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 5c so you’ll need to get one from any supported carrier worldwide. To start using your iPhone, simply insert the SIM card into the slot and turn on iPhone by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.

        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.”

      • Burge

        All i’m reading there is “unlocked iPhone”

      • Joey_Z

        There isn’t an internationally agreed upon standard for the term “sim free”, therefore you should not apply Car Phone Warehouse, a reseller’s standard in the UK to Apple, the original designer, in the US.

      • Burge

        So for a blog site that is putting threads up that anyone around the world can see should get this right. And what term sim free is in each country. I gave what the term is in the UK.

        I have to tell people who have brought a sim free device from CPW why it’s now locked to a carrier. And all they keep saying is “it’s sim free so that means it’s unlocked..

      • Joey_Z

        well, re-read the title please

      • R N

        There is a difference between carphone warehouse (pretend sim free) and sim free from apple… if you buy it from apple directly, its unlocked, put any sim in and can switch to another sim anytime you want… carphone warehouse tells you that the sim will be locked to the 1st sim you put in… might want to do your research before you say crap.

      • Burge

        So your saying there’s 2 meanings for the words “sim free”

        Unlocked is just that unlocked to use on any carrier.

      • R N

        Apparently so with carphone warehouse… but for normal people Sim Free should mean Sim Free… no hidden lock or BS.

      • Mac_Guy

        I think the SIM-free locking to its first carrier as you’re describing sounds very similar to Verizon iPhones here in the US. They are CDMA but have GSM unlocked to the first carrier they connect to. They only way that the GSM can be unlocked again is by performing a DFU to push the next carrier policy. I do it all the time at work and it works.

    • PhilT

      Incorrect, I buy sim free phones every year and I can and have swapped the sim many times to different networks, people and companies use the terms Sim free and Unlocked interchangeably.

  • Cody

    It’s good to see that Apple actually didn’t just take the T-Mobile model and took out the SIM card. Those iPhone 6 models have all the bands that are available for every iPhone. Yay.

  • ali_plus

    The only thing I was interested in was A1586. In my country (Saudi Arabia), the A1549 does not work well with LTE networks so it is good they offer A1586.

    • Brian Doucette

      I too am looking to purchase an iPhone in the USA with the intention to use it in KSA. Should I purchase the A1586?

      • Ali Mughal

        Yes, the A1586 works perfectly in KSA. It supports all the bands from all carriers in KSA.

      • Huzaifa Ahmad

        Mr Ali i m using iPhone 6 bought from Canada A1549 will it work in Saudia or not ,if not then what is the solution plz let me know .Thanx

      • Ali Mughal

        Huzaifa it will work perfectly in Saudia. There are three main networks in Saudia (Mobily, STC and Zain). Mobily and Zain use band 3 & 38 for LTE and STC uses band 3 & 40. iPhone 6 supports only band 3 for LTE in Saudi Arabia. It works perfectly inside cities but may not support LTE in some rural areas. But you will still have 3G coverage all over the kingdom. It is only LTE which is barely noticable difference. Hope this helps.

      • Huzaifa

        JAZAKALLAH Sir

  • Aviorrok

    What the different between unlocked T-mobile and sim free?

    • Cody

      Nothing really. Both are unlocked if bought from the Apple Store.
      But there’s a difference, the sim free iPhone will for sure be compatible with almost any LTE band in the world (sounds crazy, I know).
      Right now at this point, there is no brainer, it’s better to buy the Sim-Free option than the T-Mobile one. More network and LTE compatibility and probably higher re-sale value.

      • Aviorrok

        I purchased iPhone 6 plus t-mobile unlocked it will work in most countries?

      • Cody

        Yes it will work, but i can’t guarantee you will get LTE internet in Asian countries, that’s pretty much it

  • Ryan

    What’s the difference between this unlocked phone and the U.S. Verizon model. Verizon is unlocked and able to run on GSM networks as well. I bought the Verizon iPhone 6 without a contract and am currently using it with an at&t mvno.

    • m3nphls

      This is basically the Sprint model fully unlocked. Can be used with Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T and supports TD-LTE in Asia. Previously Verizon one was the best model to get, now its this one.

    • Joey_Z

      Basically this phone can run LTE anywhere around the world. The Verizon model is unlocked too, but it doesn’t have all the LTE bands, so you can still make phone calls with any GSM carriers, but you will not be able to enjoy the 4G speed everywhere. Previously, you can get this sim-free version as a contract free sprint phone from Apple only. I bought a contract free sprint iphone 6 at Bestbuy first for 50 bucks more since Apple was out of stock at the moment, but that was locked. So only Apple store sold unlocked sprint phones, which was model A1586 and A1524. Now it’s called sim-free version.


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