I live about 10 months out of the year in Europe and about 2 months out of the year in the States. I am looking to purchase a new iPhone 6. The simple thing to do would be to buy it in Europe. In Italy, for example, there are no such things as a locked phone. Does not exist and never will. Against the law. I could buy A1586 there, use my Vodafone SIM when I am in Europe and when I come to the States just swap it out with my TMobile SIM. Problem is taxes are at 22% and with the euro to dollar conversion I would be spending about $300 more than if I just bought it in the States. I just can't justify that extra cost. I stopped into an Apple store in Delaware last week when I was passing through and attempted to buy the contract free TMobile phone, when they told me that in Europe I would not receive LTE and only 4G as the Tmobile version does not support the LTE bands in Europe. As proof they showed me this site: http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/. They told me that I would need to purchase a Sprint contract free phone and have it unlocked if I wanted to have LTE in Europe as the TMobile phone will only give me 4G. Since the majority of year is spent in Europe it is far more important to me to have the LTE in Europe and i could make do with 4G in the states. Before following their advice, I started doing some research and noticed that all the carriers in Italy operate on band 3 (1800MHz) and band 7 (2600MHz). I also noticed almost every carrier in Europe also uses those same bands. I went back to the iphone/lte web page and saw that the Tmobile A1549 does indeed support both of those bands. Well if that is the case, why do they not list the different countries in Europe and the different supported networks for the A1549? Why are they only listed for the A1586? I called Apple, and got redirected 4 times until I ended up with Technical Supervisor who I ended up talking to for over an hour regarding this issue. The first thing he told me is that the TMobile (A1549), will most definitely only get 4G in Europe. He said something along the lines of: while the phone does operate on bands 3 and 7 the antenna in the phone is carrier specific. So he said I was out of luck and should not go with the TMobile version. Can anyone confirm or deny this? Is this true? He said my best bet would be to get a model A1586 from some carrier stateside and have them unlock it for me. I called multiple carriers around the country today and non of them were helpful. Could not find a single one that would sell an A1586 and unlock it for me. It just doesn't make sense to me. Why not???? I then called US Cellular and asked to buy a contract free iphone 6 and have them unlock it for me. They told me they could not unlock it. I then preceded to ask them why couldn't they unlock it considering the law now states that they have to unlock it. He had no idea what I was talking about. So I told him to google a few key terms and showed him the FCC page regarding unlocked phones, as well as a page talking about President Obama singing into law the bill about cell phone unlocking, the CTIA page, etc. He read through a lot of the stuff and then said he needed to speak to his supervisor. When he got back on the phone he said that since US Cellular is a signatory of CTIA that they are bound by CTIA rules and regulations and that CTIA has not yet approved the iPhone 6 for unlocking. ????? Seriously???? Does that make sense to anyone here? Sure as hell baffled me. I then called Sprint for ***** and giggles just to see what they had to say. After a much more abbreviated version of US Cellular phone call, that rep also spoke with his supervisor and said that the contract free Sprint phone purchased in an Apple Store is also unlocked as well. I re-verified with him what he said and he repeated. Unlocked. But everything on this site and apple itself denies that. So my guess is he was just trying to get me off of the phone. Does anyone have any thoughts for me? I would really like to get a phone here in the States and not in Europe. I would appreciate any help. Thanks!