iPhone XR Now Available SIM-Free in the United States

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has made the iPhone XR available SIM-free in the United States, allowing customers to purchase the phone unlocked and unassociated with any carrier. Customers can then choose to obtain a SIM from any carrier of their choice.


    SIM-free iPhone models typically debut in the United States up to several months after the initial product launch as Apple prioritizes supplies for upgrade users already tied in with its carrier partners. The iPhone XS was a bit unusual in that SIM-free models were available from launch day, but that was not the case with the iPhone XR.

    SIM-free iPhone XR models are compatible with AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and other carriers.

    The iPhone XR starts at $749 for 64 GB models available in white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and (PRODUCT)RED. Higher-capacity models are available for $799 (128 GB) and $899 (256 GB).

    Article Link: iPhone XR Now Available SIM-Free in the United States
  2. martyjmclean, Nov 15, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2018

    martyjmclean macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I guess locked phones aren't illegal/are the norm in America? I don't get how that works, but it must be annoying.
  3. rmoliv macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2017
    Ok. Ask Apple about AirPods 2 and AirPower.
  4. Sasparilla, Nov 15, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2018

    Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    Have been waiting for this. At least in the past it used to be the "unlocked" versions were the ones that came with a SIM eject tool and (more recently) had Qualcomm radio's (although I guess all Xs's and Xr's are Intel only).

    Looking forward to this - going from a standard size 8 and can't wait for the larger size. Now...which color...

    Yes and no. The T-Mobile version at Apple stores has always been unlocked (since I started with the 4s), but you didn't get the SIM tool I always like. If Apple felt confident with capacity, they'd have the unlocked version ready at rollout (Xs and Maxi Xs had unlocked at rollout). But Xr had production issues (reports back in July) so we waited a month after rollout for this.

    But, most folks here in the U.S. buy their phones through their providers under contract to spread the payments out (2 years normally) and they always lock them. Nearly all Android purchased in the U.S. (mostly Samsung still I believe) are locked to the provider.
  5. Squeak825 macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2007
    Apple wasn't selling them locked to begin with (when purchased outright) -- just with SIM cards as a "convenience" from your selected carrier.
  6. purged, Nov 15, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018 at 7:14 PM

    purged macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2018
    I don’t understand. I walked into an Apple Store and asked for/received an unlocked red XR on launch day. There was an AT&T SIM card inside, but I just tossed it.

    So this removes the .5 seconds it takes to discard the AT&T SIM?
  7. martyjmclean macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    You already have a SIM card in your current phone... why would you need to buy a new phone with a new SIM card than have to transfer the number? Am I missing something?
  8. Starship67 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2017
    You wouldn’t have to transfer numbers. Just take the new sim out and put in your old one. The new sim would just be unused.
  9. The SpinDoctor macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2008
    This - picked up a phone from the Apple Store on launch day, threw out the AT&T SIM, and put in a SIM card from Three UK and it worked fine
  10. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    These were available from day one. Here's how:
    - Pay full price for any carrier model
    - Open sim tray
    - remove sim
    - throw sim away
  11. Dario69 macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2017
    No, you bought an unlocked AT&T phone in full I assume. I have noticed so many different responses to how the unlocked/activation process works but I still do not trust AT&T (or any of the carriers for what matter) so I wanted to wait for the real deal. More of a peace of mind purchase if you want a carrier free phone.

    And the article is wrong, the X carrier free came out a month after the X was initially released. My assumption is they wait until the stores have adequate inventory on the carrier models before carving out another sku. I was expecting a month so I am guessing there is no inventory issues - slow sales or heavily ramped up production.
  12. EightyTwenty macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2015
    They need to make a smaller phone. It’s silly that the smallest current gen iPhone is 5.8”.
  13. Mackinjosh macrumors 65816

    Aug 21, 2014
    It isn't an ATT phone. It's an unlocked APPLE phone with an ATT sim in it. There's no other affiliation to a carrier whatsoever as long as you buy the phone outright.
  14. norbinhouston macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    This sim thing is a bigger deal for the rest of the world. The US is pretty homogenous so its not that big a deal here.
  15. seinman macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Depends on how you purchase it. All phones purchased from Apple, whether paid in full or on the Apple Upgrade Program, are unlocked. They may, however, include a SIM card for one of the major carriers; you can immediately remove this. The only difference now is they don't include the SIM card. The phones were and still are unlocked.

    Now, if you purchase from your carrier, the phone is usually only unlocked when it's paid in full. So if you pay full price up front to a carrier, unlocked phone. If you use carrier financing, it's locked to that carrier until it's paid off.
  16. Mydel macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2006
    Sometimes here mostly there
    Are the bands in US same as in Europe? I mean is there full support of US phone in Europe?
  17. MacLawyer macrumors demi-god


    Aug 1, 2009
    Nothing's the norm here. LOL
  18. purged, Nov 15, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018 at 7:13 PM

    purged macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2018
    AT&T has no control or say over my phone. I don’t know what you’re on about. It’s a fully unlocked US XR, there’s only one model of these.
  19. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Yeah, I used to do that with T-Mobile versions in prior years.
  20. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Unless the article has been updated since original posting it said the xs was available sim free from release. The x last year wasn’t available sim free until after I caved and bought mine. I had to wait 40 days to unlock with att.
  21. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    I can afford iPhones but I still don't see how 750 dollars for a phone is a budget price.
  22. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Yup, I tried both AT&T and TMo SIM successfully on my fully paid AT&T XR.
  23. purged macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2018
    It’s not an AT&T XR, it’s just a XR. There’s only one US model.
  24. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
  25. lederermc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2014
    Locked phones are discounted by the carrier and you pay a higher amount per month for "plan" thus they have to be locked to ensure you finish your contract. It's just another way to finance. I think ATT, T-Moble and Verizon have most stopped these plans. I don't know anyone that has a lock phone. If you buy a phone using Apple's Upgrade program or non-financed then the phone is unlocked even if they come with a carrier's sim.

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