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I was at the mall today picking up an item I ordered at Nordstrom. I passed the Apple Store on the way out and inquired about when the sim-free would be released. The guy tells me, "It's out, it arrived this morning." I was planning on purchasing the X when I got to Portland the week of Christmas to save on tax, but noticed, while waiting for my turn in que, that Portland didn't receive any inventory on the Sim-Free X, so I took the plunge.

Anyone else purchase the Sim-Free today besides myself?
 

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I was at the mall today picking up an item I ordered at Nordstrom. I passed the Apple Store on the way out and inquired about when the sim-free would be released. The guy tells me, "It's out, it arrived this morning." I was planning on purchasing the X when I got to Portland Christmas week to save on tax, but noticed, while waiting for my turn in que, that Portland didn't receive any inventory on the Sim-Free X, so I took the plunge.

Anyone else purchase the Sim-Free today besides myself?
[doublepost=1512514904][/doublepost]Sorry. Wrong forum. I alerted moderators to delete this thread.

Same device as the Verizon and Sprint version purchased at full cost. Only benefit is you get a sim poker tool inside the box. With that said, I ALWAYS purchase the SIM-free so it can be used with any carrier, and has the CDMA side too which means its resale value is higher.
 

ET iPhone Home

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Same device as the Verizon and Sprint version purchased at full cost. Only benefit is you get a sim poker tool inside the box. With that said, I ALWAYS purchase the SIM-free so it can be used with any carrier, and has the CDMA side too which means its resale value is higher.
I didn't know about the sim tool included- thanks. I've yet to open the box. I'll be setting it up later today. I've read here in MacRumors that the Verizon is the same phone as the sim-free, but I just wanted the extra assurance that by purchasing the Sim-Free, it worked on both CDMA and GSM. I'm glad I waited. Today was unexpected since I wasn't planning on purchasing the X until some time Christmas.
 

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I didn't know about the sim tool included- thanks. I've yet to open the box. I'll be setting it up later today. I've read here in MacRumors that the Verizon is the same phone as the sim-free, but I just wanted the extra assurance that by purchasing the Sim-Free, it worked on both CDMA and GSM. I'm glad I waited. Today was unexpected since I wasn't planning on purchasing the X until some time Christmas.

Yep! On the receipt it shows identical as buying any of the models outright... but it's nice to be able to show when selling it, look, it's got a sim-poker (really the only way to identify sim-free models)... I'm returning my verizon version to buy the sim free. I am like you, the extra assurance is nice. I didn't think they'd release it this soon, but it's clear Apple did a great job with marketing the iPhone X making it seem a lot more popular than it really is. I have yet to see an iPhone X in public aside from mine, and I travel a lot. Usually when a new iPhone is released I see them at airports within days of release... nada this year. I'm thinking Apple really made it feel like there was more demand than there really was for X.
 

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Yep! On the receipt it shows identical as buying any of the models outright... but it's nice to be able to show when selling it, look, it's got a sim-poker (really the only way to identify sim-free models)... I'm returning my verizon version to buy the sim free. I am like you, the extra assurance is nice. I didn't think they'd release it this soon, but it's clear Apple did a great job with marketing the iPhone X making it seem a lot more popular than it really is. I have yet to see an iPhone X in public aside from mine, and I travel a lot. Usually when a new iPhone is released I see them at airports within days of release... nada this year. I'm thinking Apple really made it feel like there was more demand than there really was for X.
At work, I've only seen one of my co-workers with the X. At my gym, I've seen none. I agree, when a new iPhone is released, I'll usually see a handful of people holding one. I think, the reason why the X is scarce, is because of the the price. It's darn expensive.
 

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Ahh....front page yesterday.
Thanks... I've been monitoring the Apple side daily. I even have the Apple X as a tab on my laptop, waiting for the sim-free X by refreshing the page. Last night, I know for a fact the Sim-Free was not on the Apple site. I didn't check the site this morning, which was why I was surprised when I went into Apple today that the X Sim-Free was out. Nevertheless, I'm finally glad to have one in-hand.
 

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At work, I've only seen one of my co-workers with the X. At my gym, I've seen none. I agree, when a new iPhone is released, I'll usually see a handful of people holding one. I think, the reason why the X is scarce, is because of the the price. It's darn expensive.

Yeah, but in fairness, every previous phone was pricy in its own right, hehe. But yeah, you're right, that may be an issue. But more importantly, I think the driving factor is the production was a lot lower, so it just felt like it was another popular release. I talked to a couple stores and they said many days they'd get in 1-2 of a specific model, whereas iPhone 7\7Plus they said they'd get hundreds in a day... so while they sold through each day, selling through 1-2 phones vs 100-200 phones is quite different.
 

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I bought 2 of them today. Ordered online and picked up with an hour. Both silver. One 64GB and one 256GB. Ive never found it this easy to pick up a new iPhone one month after launch...

Ive already returned one X due to a really bad screen. I opened the 64GB just now, and think it may be a keeper.
 

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Got one today

:D

Reception better in my crappy signal apt and screen better

Seen quite a few bad ones tho
 

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I bought 2 of them today. Ordered online and picked up with an hour. Both silver. One 64GB and one 256GB. Ive never found it this easy to pick up a new iPhone one month after launch...

Ive already returned one X due to a really bad screen. I opened the 64GB just now, and think it may be a keeper.
Congrats! What’s the model# on these? Same as Verizon’s, A1865?
 

harpyeagle

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Model # is MQA62LL/A on the 64GB
Thank you! Appreciate if you can lookup the generalized model# found by clicking on the "Model" field which should change to the "A####" once clicked. Settings>General>About>Model
Edit: Typo
 
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AndrewR23

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I did! But found a screeen slightly better and Qualcomm so .. went for it

(A bit brighter too)

If a jailbreak ever comes along might keep this X for a while we’ll see
Up load a snap of both the X screen together I’m quite curious on the difference. You were adamant the intel one was the best screen you’ve ever seen.

Related but does the sim free one improve service ? I have barely any service at my work. Wondering if sim free might help.
 

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Up load a snap of both the X screen together I’m quite curious on the difference. You were adamant the intel one was the best screen you’ve ever seen.

Related but does the sim free one improve service ? I have barely any service at my work. Wondering if sim free might help.

It was the best screen. I had a couple Verizon X and it blew it away. Just my luck. This one is a smidge better than my att. I’ve only looked at so many units.

Didn’t take comparison photos just eyeballed it

Already returned the Intel “golden goose” haha

But didn’t until I was sure I got a good one. A Qualcomm w crap screen wouldn’t do me any good.
 
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SIM free would improve service slightly over the Intel version. But if you've already got a Qualcomm iPhone, it's exactly the same thing.

This is good news for AT&T and T-Mobile customers who want a truly Unlocked Qualcomm phone.
 

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Up load a snap of both the X screen together I’m quite curious on the difference. You were adamant the intel one was the best screen you’ve ever seen.

Related but does the sim free one improve service ? I have barely any service at my work. Wondering if sim free might help.
Ymmv on second part

In my case it made a difference. Right away

I had two sim free I bought today for screen lottery but the first and only one I opened was good! Returned the other unopened

Screen lottery sucks
 
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