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Apple now offering unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 6, 6 Plus smartphones

Bob Brown | Jan. 7, 2015
This deal provides an alternative to those who want to avoid being tethered to long carrier contracts.

Apple on Tuesday began offering at its stores and online unlocked and SIM-free editions of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, giving an alternative to those who want to avoid being tethered to long carrier contracts.

The SIM-free iPhone 6 costs $649 for a 16GB model, with the price going up by $100 for 64GB and another $100 for 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus SIM-free model starts at $749 and comes in silver, gold or space gray. Unlocked and contract-free versions for T-Mobile cost the same.

Apple charges $199 for the iPhone 6 with a two-year carrier contract from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and $299 for the iPhone 6 Plus with a two-year carrier contract.

According to Apple:

The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment or a carrier installment plan. You can activate and use the unlocked iPhone on the supported wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint in the United States.

If you don't want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. If you choose T-Mobile, your iPhone comes with a T-Mobile SIM card already installed. You will need to contact T-Mobile or visit an Apple Retail Store to activate your iPhone.

Apple regularly offers SIM-free smartphones right away in other countries, but in the U.S. there is typically a delay. U.S. buyers of the SIM-free phones can expect broader LTE support when traveling abroad.

The original phones went on sale in September.

 

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