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Apple is Now Offering a SIM-Free iPhone X Variant

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After over a month of its release, a SIM-free version of the iPhone X is now available. Starting today, you can now get an unlocked version of the iPhone X directly from Apple's website.

When you open the website, you will see five different options upon picking out an iPhone X variant that you want to buy. Your options include a model compatible with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and an unlocked version.

So what does a SIM-free iPhone X model mean?

Well, it's basically the same model and specs. The only difference with this variant is that it can readily be used with a carrier of your preference. This means you can choose a CDMA or GSM carrier of your preference as long as it provides service for iPhone.

Apple has specified that all SIM-free iPhone X devices ordered today will be shipped by December 12th. But even if you decide to get an iPhone X along with a carrier, the delivery date will still be the same.

When Apple first accepted iPhone X pre-orders back in October, customers were made to pick out a device with an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint SIM even though the device is listed as unlocked. By the time they launched, iPhone X purchases needed carrier pre-activation. This requirement, however, was lifted by mid-November.

While it's been possible to have a SIM-free unlocked device by ordering a Verizon model, it's nice to see that Apple is finally offering an official SIM-free version so you won't have to end up with an unwanted SIM card.

Pricing for the SIM-free and unlocked iPhone X starts at $999 for the 64GB variant and $1,149 for the 256GB variant, the.same pricing structure for an iPhone X with a SIM card.

If you're the type of person who regularly travels internationally or likes to switch between carriers, the SIM-free unlocked iPhone X model is the best choice for you. This way, you won't have to get locked into a carrier financing program.


Source: Mac Rumors


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  1. It's about time that phone makers started this and eliminated that useless SIM card. All carrier compatibility is the goal for all cell phone makers.

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    1. A SIM is still required to use the SIM-free iPhone. SIM-free in this context is a synonym for "unlocked". It's a mostly UK idiom that means "free to use any carrier's "SIM".

      The carriers and phone manufacturers are planing on eventually moving to embedded non-removable SIMs that will be remotely programmed by the carrier like the old 2G and 3G CDMA phones. It that happens it will allow carriers to easily restrict which phones can be used on which carriers and plans and that will not be good for customers.

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    2. What happens to the old sim phones when embedded sim phones dominate?

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    3. I expect that SIM cards will be available for old phones for many years.

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    4. "It's about time that phone makers started this and eliminated that useless SIM card. All carrier compatibility is the goal for all cell phone makers."

      That has literally never happened on any simless CDMA network in America.

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  2. i don't like that future. no sims sounds like no fun.

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    1. No sims will likely manifest as no defense against abuse by the big four carriers. No net neutrality combined with no sims portends a depressing future for US communications.

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    2. @Anon729, unless an OEM puts its foot down and threatens to terminate sales agreements with carriers. And it may very well be Apple. They have a dominant position in the market and a history of marching to the beat of their own drum when it comes to dealing with carriers (no branding on Verizon iPhones, no stock bloatware, no update interference, etc.)

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    3. Apple seems to be testing the waters of user-switchable SIMs going away with the latest iPad devices. The iPad Pro has both an embedded SIM and a removable SIM.

      If Apple wanted to force the transition to embedded-only SIMs, they'd probably line up more support for it from regional carriers and MVNO's first, then sell an embedded SIM iPhone alongside a totally locked-down physical SIM iPhone. You already know that idea was probably floated for iPhone X but postponed for another day. :-)

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    4. The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier 4G Smart Watch has an embedded SIM (aka eSIM). It only works on AT&T and T-Mobile, with separate models for each carrier. No MVNO seems to have the ability to provision the eSIM. If eSIM devices become common, all carriers will need to support them.

      eSIMs have some advantages to the end user, including theoretically easily switching from one carrier to another without having to obtain a new SIM. That should be good for international travelers. On the other hand, eSIMs give carriers much more control over which devices they will allow on their various services. They will have the ability to easily limit iPhones or other flagships to more expensive plans, if they choose to.

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    5. Karma (and Dennis): wasn't AT&T locking iPads when their eSIM cards were used in previously unlocked iPads?

      And as far as T-Mobile is concerned, physical or eSIM, they still bill you for a SIM card when you start service.

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    6. No, activating the eSIM of an unlocked iPad Pro on AT&T doesn't lock the eSIM to AT&T.

      If you buy an iPad Pro from AT&T the eSIM in it comes locked to AT&T. However, the iPad Pro, including the AT&T model also has a separate unlocked SIM slot that can be used with any carrier.

      Source: The iPad Pro's embedded Apple SIM.

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  3. Pls delete my Dec 5 comment...orig article is not clear...thanks

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    1. Deleting your comment will also delete the replies. Are you sure you want me to do that?

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  4. This phone costs as much as five YEARS worth of wireless service for me. I'll stick with high value phones like the Moto G/E line. What's crazy is the iPhone X doesn't even support 4x4 MIMO or Gigabit LTE. How can anyone justify $1K and not get the "best" network experience?

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    1. Because it's Apple, and they have their followers convinced that "it just works."

      I remember when they put out the iPhone 6 without LTE band 12, despite contemporary Android phones having it. This time, it's band 71.

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    2. "I remember when they put out the iPhone 6 without LTE band 12, despite contemporary Android phones having it. This time, it's band 71."

      In all fairness, while new iPhones lack Band 71, almost all new Androids lack Band 71 also.

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  5. exactly! that is why the smarter people always say that apple phones are highly over-rated and grossly over-priced. forget the foxconn phone and get a flagship phone from one plus, huawei, zte, or another chinese manufacturer at a fraction of the ridiculous prices charged by apple and samsung. i have the ulefone t1, direct from china with global LTE bands. works fabulously on both at&t and t-mobile. cost was $200. instead of the i phone x, you can use that extra $800 or more to pay for your cell plan , or take a week vacation in the tropics during the winter. apple proves that p.t. barnum was right about a sucker born every minute and a fool and his money are soon parted. don't join the cult.

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    1. Literally no one is required to buy an iPhone. Buying an iPhone is not a requirement for life. If you don't like the price, don't like Apple, don't like anything, simply don't buy it. Apple can charge whatever they like for everything they make. It simply does not matter.

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    2. "exactly! that is why the smarter people always say that apple phones are highly over-rated and grossly over-priced."

      Meanwhile in the real world, smart people whose needs are met by iPhones make up their customer base, and smart people whose needs are met by the various Android brands make up the customer base of those brands.

      That's actually SENSE to cut through the messages we see here of silly sour-grapes "I personally don't need an iPhone so anyone who does is an idiot" NONSENSE.

      (And pssst... I am one of those who doesn't need an iPhone. I just respect the intelligence of those who do not one and make the wise choice to buy one)

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    3. "apple proves that p.t. barnum was right about a sucker born every minute and a fool and his money are soon parted. don't join the cult."

      The shouts of the guy on the dust old Huffy 3-speed raging at the man in the Lexus is heard from again.

      You get what you pay for.

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    4. "apple proves that p.t. barnum was right about a sucker born every minute and a fool and his money are soon parted. don't join the cult."

      The shouts of the guy on the rusty old Huffy 3-speed raging at the man in the Lexus is heard from again.

      You get what you pay for.

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    5. To be fair, even my childhood tricycle had more class than apricey overcompensating-mobile.

      How you ride matters more than what you ride, and the same goes with phones.

      If you need a thousand dollar slab of glass to feel important, then you probably aren't.

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  6. How much is too much? When will their loyal followers say, "I will not pay X price for an iPhone?"

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