iPhone 6/6Plus in Japan Sim Free

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gsampson, Sep 20, 2014.

  1. gsampson macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2007
    I tried searching the forum but couldn't find any relevant responses.

    I'm currently in Japan and have a T-Mobile sim and OCN/Docomo sim.

    I've bent trying to do some research to make sure my phone will work when I return to America. I believe sim free and unlocked mean two different things.
    Some are saying that sim free means that you will be locked to the first carrier sim you put in. But on the Apple website it seems that you can use any sim.

    I am fine being locked to Docomo as long as I can use Tmobile when I return. I understand the warranty would only be valid in Japan, and I am okay with that.

    Here are some resources on the Apple Support forums that seem to say it won't be useable outside Japan.


    Any experiences or help with this would be great! I really want a 6 plus!
  2. gsampson thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2007
    Figured I would post an update in case anyone else was wondering the same thing.

    I purchased the phone and it works with my Tmobile sim and Docomo sim, so the Japanese Sim Free is unlocked and can be used with any sim.

    The only issue I have with the Japanese model is you can't disable the camera sound. This makes for some embarrassing picture taking, but there are a few apps that allow you to take pictures without the sound.

    In all, I say it's a good purchase. Anyone who buys out of their home country should be warned that Apple Care will only cover the phone in the country you originally purchased. I will be here until next year so I'm not too concerned.

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