Carrier Apple sim-less vs carrier pre-order.. whats the difference?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Feb 11, 2010
I have always ordered on with sim free phone and was wondering why people buy a phone tied to carrier?

It is for IUP or anything else in particular?


macrumors 68020
Jun 19, 2007
mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
From Apple...

Will my new iPhone be unlocked?
Nearly all iPhone models sold on and at the Apple Store are unlocked. This means they aren’t tied to a single carrier. The exception is when you buy an iPhone with AT&T Next. It will be tied — or locked — to AT&T.

  • Your iPhone will be unlocked when you:
  • Choose any carrier and select One-time payment.
  • Choose any carrier and select Apple iPhone Payments.
  • Choose any carrier and either join or upgrade with the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program.
  • Purchase a SIM-free model. This is like any other iPhone, just without a carrier nano-SIM card.
    Your iPhone will be locked when you:
  • Choose AT&T as your carrier and pay with AT&T Next.
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macrumors regular
Mar 15, 2008
I think the name makes it seem like it has no sim slot. I’m super excited this year I don’t have to wait for the unlocked model and was shocked as hell how fast it sold out. What model did you get?


macrumors 601
Apr 7, 2012
As said, IUP and carrier financing. Carrier financing is probably the number one seller of iPhones in the US. Very small percentage pay outright.