As of today, customers in the United States can get a brand spanking new iPhone XR, fully unlocked and unassociated with any carrier, by purchasing a full-price SIM-free variant that’s now available from Apple retail and online stores, as well as from wireless carriers.
iOS 12.1 includes support for eSIM on the new iPhones, but you’ll need to wait until your carrier flips it on before being able to enjoy the benefits of dual-SIM functionality, like using two different plans and phone numbers at the same time, or keeping your phone line while using a local data plan when traveling.
For this year’s iPhone launch, Apple will be offering SIM-free models of the Xs and Xs Max on day 1. This means you will not be forced to pick a carrier when ordering either of the two new handsets, and can instead choose to activate them on the [compatible] network of your choice, at your leisure.
The rumored 6.1-inch next-gen iPhone with dual-SIM feature may be exclusive to China, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News. Citing sources within Foxconn, the outlet reports that the rumored model is “regarded as a unique model” to the mainland market.
Learn how to enable and disable a SIM PIN on your iPhone. Securing your SIM card with a Personal Identification Number is a great way to add another level of security to your phone and make sure that even if the device itself becomes compromised, your cellular plan can remain somewhat protected.