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iPhone 6s Now Available SIM-Free in Apple Online Store

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now available SIM-free in Apple's online store, allowing potential customers to buy an unlocked iPhone with no carrier attached. The new option was first spotted by MacRumors forum member Ternary. On its website, Apple explains the differences between a regular iPhone and a SIM-free one.

The SIM-free iPhone comes without a wireless contract commitment or carrier financing. It doesn’t come with a nano-SIM card for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone 5s. And because it’s unlocked, it isn’t tied to one carrier, so you can get a nano-SIM from any supported carrier worldwide, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States.
Purchasing a SIM-free iPhone means that customers have to pay for the full price of the device upfront. It's ideal for customers who want to avoid multi-year commitments with carriers or for travelers who want to easily be able to switch to local carriers when traveling abroad. The SIM-free iPhone 6s is model A1633 while the iPhone 6s Plus is model A1634.

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33 months ago
I'm waiting for the gluten-free model.
Rating: 16 Votes
33 months ago
It wasn't already?? I don't understand America...
Rating: 10 Votes
33 months ago

Early this year. Though it appears the sim free version still doesn't have band 30.

No, it is model 1633/1634, which has band 30.
Rating: 7 Votes
33 months ago
Didn't know SIM-free iphones were a new thing in the states now...

Coming from Canada I find that interesting.

However our phone plans suck; we pay $80 for 2GB.
Rating: 5 Votes
33 months ago
Yes! The one thing you get with the SIM free version is the included SIM removal tool (Apple doesn't add that with the Carrier SIM'ed, although unlocked, versions here in the U.S.) - worthless, but I want it.

Apple must be doing alot better with production this time, we didn't get SIM free here in the states until after the new year for the 6 / 6 plus.
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago
Does anyone else feel like Macrumors has gotten soooooo boring. It's unreal.
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago

Does anyone else feel like Macrumors has gotten soooooo boring. It's unreal.

What do you want them to report on if there's no news to report on? Nothing? Personally I'd prefer to turn on and see a boring story on CNN rather than a blank screen on slow news days.

Unreal? Really? Hyperbole much?
Rating: 4 Votes
33 months ago
After all these years, it amazed me that people are still confused about the concept of an unlocked phone, and the tech blogs probably don't know any better either.

Buying iPhone in the US:
- If you pay full price at Apple store, your iPhone is unlocked (Day 1)
- If you buy Verizon version, with or without contract, it is 100% unlocked per US regulation (Day 1)
- The SIM free version is just Apple's way of officially selling an unlocked version, without any SIM inside it. Previously, US iPhone will include a SIM preloaded in it from the carrier you choose when you buy it.
- Buy it via Apple's leasing program, and it is unlocked per Apple's own words.

That's it. Easy.

Why wouldn't Apple sell the SIM free version right off the gate? Who knows. I'm guessing it is sort of a deal with the carriers, to encourage consumers to sign up for a contract or a plan with the respective carriers. It is no brainer for Apple to tailor their product selection in the US to match the US consumers, where most people would be with one of the 4 big carriers.

So go ahead Chinese scalpers, welcome to the US of A.
Rating: 3 Votes
33 months ago
Every year this same issue ("sim-free") comes up. For three years now I've bought the unlocked T-Mobile phone prior to the release of the "sim-free" and stick in my own sim. This is much ado about nothing.
Rating: 3 Votes
33 months ago

I've seen this type of language on the Apple website over the years, and people have still had issues getting the phones activated on the Verizon network. Search back through the MR forums, lots of frustrated people over the years with Verizon...

three weeks ago verizon said f'it and they white listed every single iPhone 6 and 6+ as well as every google nexus 6. you are now allowed to take any t-mobile unlocked iPhone 6 to verizon just like you can take sim free iPhone 6 to verizon. the only thing about the 6 and 6+ with verizon is , it has to be unlocked.


we should search the macrumors forums and reply to every thread and tell them to nevermnd.

now we just have to wait till they get all bent out of shape and white list the 6s models
Rating: 3 Votes

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