US Buyers Can Now Get SIM-Free, Unlocked iPhones From Apple
Apple has just made purchasing iPhones a lot easier by offering SIM-free, unlocked iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in US. It is the first time Apple is selling iPhones without SIM cards. Previously, buyers would have to buy iPhone through T-Mobile and then go through activation process to move to other carriers.
By purchasing SIM-free iPhones directly from Apple, buyers would not need to go through activation process as unlocked phone will give them the freedom to decide the carrier they wish to use.
Here are the prices for SIM-free models:
- iPhone 6 16GB – $649
- iPhone 6 32GB – $749
- iPhone 6 64GB – $849
- iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – $749
- iPhone 6 Plus 32GB – $849
- iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – $949
iPhone has been much popular than other smartphones. They have been able to attract people from all classes of life. However, there were still some people who felt annoyed by the carrier-complications that came with iPhones. Also there were people who traveled a lot and were not able to keep their iPhone with them because their carrier didn’t work in other regions around the world.
Apple, despite of attracting record number of sales, is not ready to lose these people — no matter how few in number they might be. So this move of providing SIM-free iPhones by Apple will attract these people. This will be helpful for people who travel a lot as they will be able to simple replace the SIM card in their iPhone to change the carrier, just like all other unlocked phones.
Back in September when Apple released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these models broke previous sales records in first weekend. The company sold more than 10 million units of the models after their debut, setting a new all-time record for first-weekend iPhone sales since the smartphones first hit the market back in June of 2007.
Pre-orders also saw an all-time high reaching four million devices pre-ordered within 24 hours of the process opening on Sept. 12. Despite of mass-production, such high number of pre-orders compelled Apple to advise customers that many devices won’t be delivered until late October as the company couldn’t meet the demand.
Some early iPhone 6 owners reported a problem that their iPhones bent a little while they were kept in the pockets. This problem sparked the fire in markets and competitors used the news greatly to their advantage. The trend was started naming the problem “Bendgate” — the name it got from a previous problem reported in iPhone 4 in July 2010, which caused signal issues resulting in poor call quality.
Despite of all the initial issues, iPhone 6 continues to be the most successful phone ever introduced by Apple, and SIM-free versions will bring in even more sales.