Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 6, 6 Plus units

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Date: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 11:23
Category: iPhone, News

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It’s not cheap, but it’s unlocked and nifty.

Per AppleInsider, the Apple Store has begun selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models at unsubsidized prices, offering customers the ability to purchase without a T-Mobile SIM card.

In the U.S., customers have been able to buy an unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from day one, but it would ship with a T-Mobile SIM card inserted. Starting Tuesday, the Apple Store began offering a SIM-free option starting at the same US$649 price for the entry-level 16-gigabyte iPhone 6.


The new unlocked iPhone 6 model is identified as A1586, while the iPhone 6 Plus is model A1524. They are compatible with carriers around the world, and for U.S. customers can be activated on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon or Sprint.

The new phones are actually different than the T-Mobile unlocked handsets, which are identified as model A1549 for the iPhone 6 and A1522 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

The new SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus option may be less confusing for consumers looking to buy an unlocked handset for use with GSM carriers abroad, but who might be thrown off by the inclusion of a T-Mobile SIM. Further obscuring matters, while iPhone 6 units sold from the Apple Store ship unlocked, handsets sold through the carrier T-Mobile are locked to its network.

It’s also a new option for contract-free Verizon and Sprint customers looking to upgrade and pay full price for an unlocked handset.

With SIM-free iPhone 6 models now available through Apple’s online store, it’s likely that units will also begin to show up in the company’s retail stores this week. Contract-free iPhone 6 pricing increases to US$749 for 64 gigabytes, and US$849 for 128 gigabytes, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at US$749 for 16 gigabytes and has US$100 price increases for each corresponding capacity increase.

If you’re planning on buying an unlocked iPhone 6 or 6 Plus handset, please let us know about your experience.

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One Response to “Apple begins selling unlocked iPhone 6, 6 Plus units”

  1. This is very good news since it means you can buy an unlocked iPhone 6 which has all the 20 LTE bands (the “US” model only has 16).