Starting from today, Apple will put on sale fully unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the United States, according to Mark Gurman form 9to5Mac. This is actually big news for those looking to buy one of the newest iPhones and be able to use it anywhere in the world on any supported carrier by bringing along their own SIM-card.
As you know, Apple used to sell the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. either via a carrier contract or unlocked on T-Mobile. But when we checked today on Apple’s online store, it was possible to buy both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus without a SIM card. The original report mentioned that the unlocked iPhones will be available both via Apple’s physical retail stores and online store, but we’ve been able to verify just the online store.
The pricing is the same as an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, starting at $649 for the 16GB 4.7-inch iPhone and at $749 for the 16GB 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus. Back in 2013 and 2012, Apple was quicker to start selling the unlocked iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s models with approximately two months after the initial launches. This year, Apple has put on sale the fully unlocked new iPhones almost three months and a half after the launch.
It was possible to buy fully unlocked SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices in various stores across the world, but we’re now witnessing an official change. Let’s hope that Apple will be quick to do the same for its international customers, as well.