iPhone 6 that works on T-mobile USA and in India TD 2300 LTE

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  1. oshogg macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2014
    I am currently a T-mobile customer. I am interested in purchasing a iPhone 6 in USA that works with LTE on both T-mobile in USA and on Airtel in India (TDD 2300 band). Based on


    I should buy A1586 (GSM or CDMA) in which T-mobile SIM will work. But, I cannot figure out where I can buy such a device at the full price in USA.

    If I buy it from Sprint, I understand they will not unlock it even if I buy it at full price (even if I open a non-contract account with them temporarily). Even when Sprint unlocks it, it is only international unlock.

    I cannot wait until I go to India to buy the phone in India as that could be a few months or more. But, I want to make sure that LTE will work when I do go to India.

    Any suggestions?

  2. azhagan macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Hey Osho,

    Looks like A1586, is used by SPRINT and several other CDMA based carriers in the US, including US Cellular. SPRINT keeps their SIM slot locked, but US Cellular does not according to their website. That maybe the best option. I don't know if they will sell a phone to you without a US Cellular account.

  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    You can't buy that model unlocked in the US. US Cellular will not unlock theirs and neither will Sprint even if you pay full price for it.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    US Cellular will unlock the iPhone 5s, so my guess is that eventually they will unlock the iPhone 6. However, someone on HowardForums tried this a few weeks ago, and it appears that US Cellular hasn't yet added the iPhone 6 to the "unlock" list.

    The A1586 is sold as the unlocked version in Europe, so if the OP has any connections in Europe, that may work.
  5. upnorth85 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2011
    MN, USA
    I traveled to India on business last week with an iPhone 6+ and had no problem connecting to the 3G network there. I also had a local Airtel SIM on a separate phone for non roaming calls. But since T-mobile gives free unlimited 3G data worldwide, I never had a problem for my short visit.
  6. oshogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2014
    Thanks for sharing the info. Yes, you won't have problem connecting to the 3G network in India with T-mobile iPhone 6/6+. You will have problem connecting to 4G LTE by AirTel if you buy a local AirTel sim card to use with LTE speed. That was the point of my original post.



    Thanks all for the info guys - the current situation really sucks.

    Will Apple store directly sell A1586 version fully SIM unlocked (i.e. also for local USA carriers not just international) eventually?

  7. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The good news is yes, starting today! There's a front page article on MacRumors. Just get the SIM-free unlocked version, and it will be the A1586.
  8. oshogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2014
    Yeap, already ordered one - coming today!

  9. Sulten macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2011
    I just bought a Sprint 1586 Sim Free iPhone 6. you can buy it at a apple store. well the one i went to sold me that phone. if you want proof i can post pics of the model and sim free box also.
  10. ET iPhone Home, Jan 10, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2015

    ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Won't the iPhone 6 Sim-Free work for you?

    iPhone 6 Model A1586*
    iPhone 6 Plus Model A1524*

    CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)
    GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)
    TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)

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