It’s usually pretty difficult getting newer models of the iPhone unlocked on all networks, especially in the US, where unlocking services through third parties or through your network are sometimes the only option. However, there’s some good news which has just come out from Apple – both models of the iPhone 6, the regular and plus size smartphones, are now available sim-free.
Previously the phones were both only able to be purchased unlocked through T-Mobile – the network offers an unlocking service to its customers, which lets them purchase the phone through T-Mobile and then visit an Apple store or contact the network service provider of your choice.
However the recent announcement of sim free versions of the phone means that it’ll be a whole lot easier getting an iPhone 6 which you can switch in and out sim cards on. All you’ll need is a nano-sim card (the new tiny model card) and as long as the provider supports iPhone 6’s you should just be able to lob it into the phone and go.
Both the Apple online store and retail outlets will be carrying the sim free models, and the prices should be pretty much the same to the models locked to a network service provider, ranging from $649 to $849 depending on how much internal storage you need, while the iPhone 6 Plus goes from between $749 to $949.
Of course this also means that there will be a bit more flexibility for those of you able to purchase the iPhone 6 outright without entering into a contract to get hold of the phone – it’s a lot to fork out but the opportunity to be free of conditional contractual obligations and other network quibbling is a bonus.
Of course yet another bonus of being able to swap in and out your sim card in the iPhone 6 is of course to avoid some of those ridiculous roaming charges when going abroad or country hopping for business – if you’re a business user of the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus, being able to swap between US and UK sim cards when moving across the Atlantic is a great way to save money.
It’s been a while since the September release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – the record breaking release saw ten million handsets being sold on the launch weekend. The expected release of the sim free version has been a little delayed, as the last few models of iPhone arrived sim free within the same year as the non unlocked models – it’s run a little behind this time around.
The sim free version of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are avliable now on Apple’s website and through retail outlets.