“You already can buy Apple’s latest smartphone [unlocked], meaning you can use it with any compatible wireless carrier in the U.S. or elsewhere,” Rob Pegoraro reports for USA Today. “But it’s easy to be led astray by the phrasing at Apple’s online store.”
“There, you’ll see the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus offered in four editions, one for each of the four major carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless,” Pegoraro reports. “The first three can be purchased at the deeply-subsidized $199-and-up prices you see in ads; the T- Mobile version comes at the full starting price of $649.99 and is described as ‘contract-free’ but not unlocked.”
“So does that mean that the contract-free iPhone 6 is locked to T-Mobile? Nope,” Pegoraro reports. “As Apple users have reported after taking these no-contract phones home, they work with such other carriers as AT&T; just pop out the T-Mobile SIM and use whichever one you want. Apple confirmed that this model comes unlocked but didn’t explain the labeling mismatch.”
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