Apple to start selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the U.S. tomorrow

“Apple will start selling fully unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the United States beginning tomorrow, January 6th, according to several sources,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “The unlocked iPhones will be available both via Apple’s physical retail stores and online store.”

“The pricing will be the same as an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus,,” Gurman reports, “starting at $649 and going all the way up to $949 depending on screen size and choice of storage space.”

Read more in the full article here.

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    1. Unlocked SIM-free iPhone are for the groovy and savvy international traveler (like me!) 😉

      If you never leave the US, it doesn’t mean that much, other than you can go contract-free and move to any GSM carrier.

      If you travel abroad, it is worth it. And there is no work to it, unless finding a paperclip to pop out the little tray is called work.

      Only the clueless masses would turn on their US carrier-locked phones in another country.
      I’m in Bangkok right now with my groovy unlocked iPhone 5s.
      The difference in price.
      Voice: locked, $2.50/minute sending & receiving… Unlocked with local SIM, 9¢/minute sending, FREE receiving.
      Data: The big killer. When you land, the moment you turn on your phone, you’ll get the warning TXT that data is $19.97 per MEGABYTE for US locked phone. Have a local SIM (you pick up at the desk in the airport or local 7-Eleven), buy a data pack at the AIS desk 900MB for ฿300 ($10) and off you go.
      SMS: US locked is maybe 25¢ per TXT. Unlocked it’s so low I’m not sure how much it is, maybe 3¢.
      For those poor people who forgot to flip that little toggle to turn off Data Roaming on a US locked phone, those are the horror stories where they come home to be greeted by a $2,000 phone bill.

      Also they make nice xmas presents because of the import tax. That iPhone for $650 in US is $900 in Thailand. They’re great stocking stuffers for your expat buddies.

        1. You need to get out more. Population US 350 million, population world 7 billion.

          I never buy a locked phone as in my country Apple has always sold unlocked phones as well as network locked ones. Just the thought of being locked into a contract without the ability to move if my carrier pisses me off is too much. I regularly travel overseas and dougbromac above has clearly illustrated the advantages of an unlocked phone for this. You also end up paying more with a network locked phone in most cases. Apple doesn’t give carriers much discount for the hardware and the networks sure aren’t taking a bath on those heavily upfront discounted phones – you pay for the “convenience” one way or another. Lastly, my old network unlocked phones can be passed on to my kids, or sold easily or passed to overseas visitors to use in-country with whatever temporary carrier they choose.

      1. If you contact AT&T prior to travel they have options to avoid the overpriced tolls.

        Another option is to use an “Over The Top” Voice Over IP app like TruPhone that allows you full phone functionality over WiFi which is commonly available for free in many places.

        The final option is a local throwaway phone.

    2. the point is to pay for the phone up front in full, get it off contract, and then set up service with an MVNO subcontracting a network from one of the big 4 carriers. Should save big $$$. In 2 years I will have saved nearly 2X the cost of the phone altogether after switching from AT&T ($1370, if I recall right).

      do your research, though. The big 4 carriers will license different parts of their network to the MNVOs — some license only their old networks, others license their most advanced. If voice or data matter to you, go with the MNVO who contracts for one of the better networks for that.

      1. Big A$$ savings? you can say that again.
        I pay £10 or $15, for 3GB data, 600mins talk and unlimited texts here in the UK with Giffgaff which even beats PAYG rates. 4g is more expensive but still hugely discounted against comparable contract rates.

  1. It sounds like they are just removing the T-Mobile card.
    I bought a T-Mobile iPhone 6+ and then immediately took it to an AT&T store to put their sim card into it.
    No problems at all but I was a little confused at first about having to buying a T-Mobile phone to get unlocked version.

  2. As long as you paid the un subsidized price for your iPhone, it was “unlocked”. I bought a Verizon unsubsidized phone and have used it on StraightTalk and Cricket… It Is compatible with most U.S. networks except Sprint’s. Why Verizon’s if I chose a GSM carrier? Because it makes it easier to activate on Verizon at any time even though any unlocked IPhone could accept a Verizon SIM card and work… Why unlocked with no SIM then? Perhaps to remove the confusion about the fact that it will work on all but the Sprint network?…

  3. Anyone have a recommendation for an MVNO that will give me cheap voice & Data locally in Ireland and England? This summer I am going over for a month, on a planned a la carte basis. TIA

    1. I just picked up whatever looked reasonable out of a vending machine at the airport when I landed. Very cheap and convenient. But I was only there a week, so I bet you can do better outside the usual tourist traps.

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