iPhone XR iPhone XR T-Mobile vs Sim Free

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Prinzmetal, Oct 28, 2018.

  1. Prinzmetal macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I live in Europe and really want to get my hands on an iPhone XR, but the prices here are catastrophically more than the prices in the US apple store. I have a friend who’s in the US for a few more weeks, but probably the unlocked XR version won’t be out by the time she leaves, so I was wondering if I could send her money to buy a T-Mobile version, which claims to be unlocked if paid fully in advance. I know in the past carrier models used to differ with simfree ones (bands and that stuff), but if I can trust a source I found online (which I can’t seem to find anymore), the T-Mobile and Simfree models are exactly the same so that shouldn’t be a problem now, right?

    Also, can this be done only online or in-store too?

    I’ll take any advice on whether this trick will actually work to save me a lot of money and still have a fully functioning, unlocked phone :) Thanks in advance!
     
  2. gurase macrumors 6502

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    I personally ordered the Verizon model online from Apple. It’s unlocked. I was able to order it without a Verizon account. Any model should be unlocked if you pay full price, but I have seen some cases with AT&T models on Reddit where people still needed to request an unlock from AT&T.

    Online would probably be easiest since some Apple Store employees aren’t aware that paying full price means an unlocked phone.
     
  3. Prinzmetal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. Apple store makes it clear that the phone will work on other US carriers, but I wish someone could confirm about outside US too.

    I noticed that there are different US and European models, but the main difference seems to be the lack of 28th LTE band. So worst case scenario is that somewhere I won’t be able to use LTE and will resort to 3G, right? The countries I most frequently visit don’t use this 28th band according to google.

    Incidentally, I read some bad reviews about Verizon too. T-Mobile seems to be the safest option I think.
     
  4. Prinzmetal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Gonna try to bump this thread. Apologies if this is against the forum rules.
     
  5. Mayanja macrumors regular

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    So far, T-Mobile version has always worked for me
     

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